Fishing Report Roundup! (July 8, 2017)

Rainbow trout caught in the crystal clear water of Montana Creek. 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. 

July 1
Alaska Fishing Report headed to Montana Creek and reported “Beautiful water clarity. No fish (kings). Montana Creek and the Big Su are the lowest I have seen them in 25 years.”

July 3
Fishtail River Guides headed out on to trader kings on the last day of king fishing in the Susitna drainage before it’s early closure. Clients landed two jack kings and a sucker. Fishtail River Guides is now targeting chums and silvers, as the first chum passed the Little Su weir on July 4.

Congratulations to Drifterz Paradise for being voted Best Fishing Charter in the Valley!

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July 4 posted about ADF&G closing the Susitna River drainage to sport fishing for king salmon, including catch and release.

Mike Cambell, reporting for, reported on the status of king fisheries in Susitna River waterways, including

“The Chulitna River has fallen short of its escapement goal four of the last five years. The Talachulitna River has reached its escapement goal since 2012, partially due to anglers limited to catch and release fishing — though a harvest was reinstated this year. A June 26 aerial survey suggested king numbers were down. Prarie Creek within the Talkeetna River drainage missed its escapement goal three of the past five years, including 2016.”

July 5
With dipnetting season about to ramp up on Monday, gives advice on How to Dispose of Fish Waste in the Mat-Su Valley and avoiding a $1000 fine.

Deshka Wilderness Lodge has been having success targeting trout and pike in the upper parts of the Deshka River. Check out their video for “a glimpse of how well the G3 Jet boat can navigate shallow and twisty water and get our fishermen to where the fish are!”

July 6
ADF&G reports king salmon continue to be caught daily at the Eklutna Tailrace, which is open 24 hours per day. and that the first chum passed the Little Susitna weir on July 4. It is still early for sockeye, chum, pink, and coho salmon; expect fishable numbers by mid-July.

Fishing has been good for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and Arctic grayling along Parks Highway streams, including Clear Creek in the Talkeetna drainage. Rainbows will follow king salmon as they ascend rivers to spawn. Try egg and flesh patterns or a wooly bugger type fly with a beaded head.

Pike fishing has been excellent lately. Try top-water weedless lures and flies fished in heavily vegetated waters. For road-accessible pike fishing try Anderson, King, Horseshoe, and Rainbow lakes or the Nancy Lake Canoe System Lakes; specifically Frazier, Little Frazier, Tanaina, Ardaw, Milo, Lynx, and Nancy lakes.

Lake fishing has been excellent. Try sinking flies such as dragon and damsel nymphs, or leech patterns for big rainbows.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers were busy at the Eklutna Tailrace. Check out there work here.

July 7
KTUU is reporting heavy rainfall for the Southcentral region beginning Saturday afternoon and lasting into the evening.

According to a statement from the NWS, “Ponding of water, rapid local stream rises and water runoff are a possibility, where the heavy rainfall occurs.”

July 8
Willow Creek discharge jumped from 500cfs to almost 1100cfs after heavy rain hit parts of the Valley last night. While it is back down to 774 and dropping at the time of this writing, the creek could prove challenging for anglers attempting to wade the creek.

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