Fishing Report Roundup! (May 27, 2017)

By Chad Gage
A healthy leopard rainbow trout. Photo by Chad Gage

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 23
Alaska Outdoor Digest reports that “Valley trout fishermen continue to find rainbows and Dollies keying on the salmon fry migrating downstream.”

ICYMI: Struggling to get hookups? These three articles will help get things turned around.

May 24
ADF&G reports that a few kings have been caught each morning at the mouth of the Deshka River and that conditions should improve if it rains over the weekend. The Little Susitna River is also seeing several kings caught each day. No kings have been reported yet at the Eklutna Tailrace but they may arrive this weekend.

Parks Highway streams are providing good rainbow trout and arctic grayling fishing. Try fishing fly patterns with a beaded head or a leech pattern (get it deep).

Several State Park locations have camping and stocked lakes, including; Matanuska Lake, Finger Lake, Rocky Lake, and South Rolly Lake.

May 26
Red Beard Anglers has a few tips for anglers hitting the Parks Highway streams for trout this weekend, including getting up early to beat the crowds and get that fly down deep! Get more tips at here.

Alaska Outdoor Journal reports king salmon numbers on the Deshka and Little Su are very low but don’t let that stop you from getting out this weekend. Someone has to catch the early run – it might as well be you.

Andy Couch reporting for The Frontiersman confirms that king salmon fishing (catching) is very slow. Fishing for resident species in the Talkeetna drainage should be decent this weekend but it sounds like heading to the lakes will be the best option for anglers looking for a lot of action this weekend.

Deshka Landing reports some of the lowest early season stream flows in many years and there are many reports of stranded boats. Be careful and watch for gravel bars as well as Susitna River mud.

deshka chart

KTUU’s fishing report heads out to Big Lake to chase pike with Jason Perrego from Alaska Lakes Guide Service. The fish should get more active as water temperatures rise.

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