ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update 3:55 p.m. Friday, June 29:
Fish and Game issued an emergency order Friday afternoon, closing Ship Creek to all sport fishing starting 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 3.
In the order, area biologist Jay Baumer says this year's king salmon return looks like historical runs that ended up being weak and late. "During these weak and late returning years we need to make sure that we are getting enough fish back to the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery to provide eggs for future salmon runs," he wrote in the order.
While the fishery is largely a hatchery one, Baumer says Cook Inlet king salmon runs are consistently experiencing a low productivity year and that "difficult measures" need to be taken so Ship Creek's run isn't weak in a couple of years.
- Montana Creek: Catch and release rainbows and grayling
- Willow Creek: Good Fishing! Open for Rainbows upstream of the highway.
- Deshka: Emergency Order: closed for kings.
- Eklutna Tailrace: Kings being caught. Open all day every day for anglers.
- Stocked Lakes: Many recently stocked: Try Twin Island, Meirs, Rocky, and Echo lakes.
- Susitna Drainage: Emergency Order: closed for kings. Try Burbot.
- Ship Creek: Closed by emergency order starting July 3 (updated 6/29/18).
- Nearly all lakes in Anchorage are producing for anglers. If you’d like some family-friendly fishing this weekend, try Edmunds lake in Eagle River or Cheney lake in Anchorage.
- Stocked Lakes: Most lakes have been stocked with rainbow, coho salmon, and arctic char. Bait, small spinners, and flies are best.
- Campbell/Chester Creek: Open to sport fishing for Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden. Campbell recently stocked.
- Bird Creek: Closed through July 14.
- Prince William Sound continues to be steady for Halibut and rockfish. Ling cod is closed until July 1.
- Lower Kenai: Sockeye moving through. Closed to king fishing.
- The Russian/Kenai River sanctuary is open for sockeye, and fish have been moving through the area in great numbers per day. Fishing may be good, but you may have crowds to deal with.
- Kasilof River: Wild King fishing is closed. One Hatchery King only.
- See Emergency orders for closures on Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River.
- Meanwhile the rest of the Kenai is fishing fair to good for sockeye. Try Centennial or Morgan’s Landing this weekend.
- North Gulf Coast: Resurrection Bay Fresh water sockeye limit increased to 6 fish.
- Lower Cook Inlet: Halibut and Kings have been slow.