Fishing Report Roundup! (June 3, 2017)

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A Susitna watershed grayling fell for a smolt pattern. 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 28
While king salmon fishing has been slow, the bite was on when the skies opened up Sunday afternoon. Just ask the folks from Drifterz Paradise, who caught and released a two beautiful fish. 

Ryan McCormick was up earlier that day and caught his fist king of the season, proving that while reports say king fishing is slow, your best chance to catch one is to get out on the river and have a line in the water.

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A Susitna River king salmon taken on the fly. Photo: Ryan McCormick

May 31
KTUU’s Kari Bustamante was in the Valley targeting kings and caught a nice chomer. Line in the water at 6am, fish in the boat by 6:30am. Look for her fishing report on Tuesday’s news broadcast.

June 1
Alaska Outdoor Journal reports that the king salmon run is still in its infancy, with only 1-2% of the expected run passing weirs. On the Little Su, focus your time at the mouth of the river. On the Deshka, as usual, get up early and have your line in the water when the clock strikes 6am.

ADF&G confirms the reports coming from anglers in that king salmon fishing is slow. Water levels are historically low which may contribute to low catch rates, but trout fishing has been very good in the Susitna tributaries. ADF&G recommends wooly buggers, leeches, sculpins, and egg-sucking leech fly patterns when targeting resident species.

June 2
Red Beard Anglers reports trout fishing on Willow Creek has been awesome. Fish have been taking everything – smolt, sculpin, flesh and dries. If possible, float the river for more opportunities. Check out the full report here.

Coming up Saturday, June 3: Learn Two-Hand Casting Techniques at Upcoming Alaska Spey Clave

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