Fishing Report Roundup! (May 20, 2017)

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Resident fish have been keyed in on smolt. Photo: Ben Rowell

The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported. 

May 14
ADF&G was out stocking Mat-Su lakes this week. Now is a good time to visit these lakes, especially with the kiddos.

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Highway 3 Angler and crew were out on the Talkeetna River looking for migrating trout making their way up river. Smolt patterns and anything with white rabbit, including Dolly Llamas, were the ticket. The water was beginning to dirty so fishing the main stem may be slower this weekend.

May 17
Deshka Landing and ADF&G reported that “water levels remain below normal for this time of year but have come up about six inches on the Susitna River. Several King’s have been picked up at the mouth of the Deshka River and this should continue to improve.” Alaska Outdoor Journal claims this is the first confirmed king of the season pulled from the Deshka.

Alaska Fishing Network reported that they haven’t heard much of anything from the Little Su but with kings arriving in Ship and the Deshka, it may be worthwhile to head to the lower stretches on the river. New regulations on the Little Su limit boats with non fuel injected 2-stroke motors to be used for transportation to a bank fishing location only. Fishing is not allowed from boats with this type of motor.

ADF&G reported that “the mouths and lower sections of the Parks Highway streams from Willow north to Talkeetna are providing good rainbow trout and grayling fishing with a few Dolly Varden being caught.”

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Mark Kufel landed a few nice trout this week. Photo courtesy of Mark Kufel

ADF&G also reported that “lake fishing has been excellent! Irene and Matanuska Lake have been especially productive with Arctic Char catches.”

May 18
Red Beard Anglers has been swinging sculpin and smolt patterns out on the Parks Highway streams and suggests getting them down deep where the trout are hanging out.

May 19
Andy Couch reported for The Frontiersman that Parks Highway streams north of Willow have “provided considerable action for rainbow trout, arctic grayling and Dolly Varden char” and there have been “no reports of king salmon caught along the Parks Highway, yet, but it would not surprise me if someone lands the first one in the coming week.”

Phantom Tri River Charter reported that fishing has been good for resident species in the Talkeetna River drainage.

KTUU – Channel 2 is out with their first fishing report of the season. While the video doesn’t tell us much of anything, it does show us that Jason Perrego from Alaska Lakes Guide Service knows how to catch the big ones when the cameras are on.

Just for fun…

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