2021 SEASON UPDATES:

 

Thursday, May 13:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Turnagain Arm hooligan; Kasilof kings and steelhead; Homer and Seward sea-run Dolly Varden; Matanuska Valley stocked lakes; Cook Inlet halibut; Copper Valley lakes; Valdez Dollies; more.

 

Thursday, May 13:  The Denali Highway and McCarthy Road Now Open for Public Travel

Summary:  According to Alaska DOT&PF, the Denali Highway is open to travel throughout its length from Paxson to Cantwell, and McCarthy Road from Chitina to McCarthy. Maintenance and operations crews have removed snow, thawed culverts, and completed repairs for travel to be possible and will keep roads open through regular maintenance until October 1. Although technically spring, travelers at this time are reminded to be prepared for potential adverse weather conditions (snowfall, high winds, freezing temperatures). Please consult 511.alaska.gov or call 5-1-1 for latest information regarding road conditions before traveling.

 

Tuesday, May 11:  Little Susitna River Salmon Weir Operational for 2021 Season

Summary:  The ADF&G weir on the Little Susitna River was installed on May 7. As of May 10, no king salmon had been reported through the weir. The first king last year passed on May 12, in 2019 on May 17, and in 2018 on May 12. The earliest king documented through weir was on May 11 in 2014; the earliest red on May 14, 2016. Click here for link to ADF&G data.

 

Thursday, May 6:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Kasilof steelhead; Homer and Seward sea-run Dolly Varden; Susitna River trout and grayling; Matanuska Valley stocked lakes; Cook Inlet halibut; Copper Valley lakes; Valdez Dollies; more.

 

Monday, May 3:  Updated Streamside Spot Checks Report Posted

Summary: Comprehensive listing of the more popular rivers and streams as well as saltwater areas available in the Streamside Spot Checks section. Find out which waters are open or closed to fishing and if anything is being caught. Covers the Anchorage-Turnagain Arm area, Matanuska-Susitna Valleys-Knik Arm, the Kenai Peninsula, and Copper Valley-Valdez Arm.

 

Monday, April 26:  Updated Streamside Spot Checks Report Posted

Summary: Comprehensive listing of the more popular rivers and streams as well as saltwater areas available in the Streamside Spot Checks section. Find out which waters are open or closed to fishing and if anything is being caught. Covers the Anchorage-Turnagain Arm area, Matanuska-Susitna Valleys-Knik Arm, the Kenai Peninsula, and Copper Valley-Valdez Arm.

 

Wednesday, April 21:  New Fishing Report Posted

Summary: The fishing report for the road system in Southcentral Alaska is available for viewing in the Hot Spots of the Week section. Upper Kenai rainbows; Kasilof steelhead; Matanuska Valley stocked lakes; Cook Inlet halibut; Copper Valley lakes; Valdez Dollies; more.

 

Monday, February 1:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Anglers May Only Retain Hatchery King Salmon in the Ninilchik River

Summary:  By emergency order, anglers may only retain hatchery king salmon in the Ninilchik River during the 2021 season; all wild fish must be released. The return of hatchery kings to the river has been relatively strong the last two years, albeit the natural production remains below average.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, February 1:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Gear Restrictions for the Anchor River and Deep Creek

Summary:  By emergency order, fishing gear is restricted to only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure during the dates open to king salmon fishing. This order is in response to recent below average returns to these streams and to ensure the health of future runs. The use of bait will still be allowed on the Ninilchik River due to satisfactory returns of hatchery produced king salmon there.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Monday, February 1:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  King Salmon Restrictions in the Cook Inlet Salt Waters

Summary:  By emergency order, the annual 5-fish limit of king salmon in Cook Inlet north of Bluff Point is being reduced to 2 fish effective April 1 through July 15, 2021. This order is in response to recent below average returns to the rivers and streams of the Kenai Peninsula and to ensure the health of future runs.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Friday, January 22:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Little Susitna River King Salmon Restricted to Catch-and-Release

Summary:  By emergency order, the Little Susitna River will be restricted to catch-and-release fishing only for king salmon during the 2021 season. In addition, sport fishing gear is restricted to one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Friday, January 22:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  Susitna River King Salmon Restricted to Catch-and-Release

Summary:  By emergency order, the entire Susitna River drainage will be restricted to catch-and-release fishing only for king salmon during the 2021 season. This order includes the roadside fisheries of Willow, Little Willow, Sheep, and Montana creeks, Talkeetna and East Fork Chulitna rivers, among other system tributaries.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

Friday, January 1:  ADF&G Emergency Order:  East Cook Inlet Beaches Remain Closed to Personal Use Clamming in 2021

Summary:  By emergency order, all of the east-side beaches of Cook Inlet will be closed yet again during the 2021 season. This order is for areas from the Homer Spit north along western Kenai Peninsula and includes popular sites such as Ninilchik Beach and Clam Gulch.

To view a complete copy of the ADF&G document, please click here.

 

 

 

 

To access fishing reports from past seasons, please click on link below.

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