Fishing heating up

Local lakes stocked full of trout


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Eagle River’s Josh James, 15, fishes in Lower Fire Lake on Monday, June 10, 2013.

MATT TUNSETH

The only thing heating up faster than the weather is the local fishing scene.

Most area lakes are now stocked with fish, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, meaning anglers should be seeing excellent catch rates at places like Mirror and Edmunds lakes. Mirror Lake was stocked with 4,589 rainbow trout May 28, while Edmunds got 1,500 rainbows June 4. Beach Lake is also schedule to be stocked in the coming days, according to ADFG.

The department’s most recent fishing report notes that rainbow fishing is “good to very good” in most lakes in the Anchorage Bowl.

On Monday, June 10, angler Josh James tried his luck at Lower Fire Lake in Eagle River. After fishing for about 45 minutes, James said he managed to land “a couple rainbows and a couple Dollies,” he said.

James moved to town last year and said he decided to his luck at the lake near downtown Eagle River after seeing other people fishing from shore.

“I didn’t know where else to go, I saw this place and I figured I’d try it out,” he said while trying his luck near the lake’s outlet on a cloudless 70-degree day.

According to ADFG, Lower Fire Lake is also a good place to find northern pike, which can also be speared or hunted with bow-and-arrow. The department advises seeking out pike in shallow, weedy areas during the late evening hours.

Always check fishing regulations at www.adfg.alaska.gov before hitting the water.

Anglers looking for early season salmon fishing might want to try Ship Creek, where the Downtown Soup Kitchen’s annual “Slam’n Salm’n” King Salmon Derby is taking place trough June 16 on Ship Creek in Anchorage. Derby tickets are free, but they must be picked up at derby headquarters near Ship Creek.

Another area anglers might try for kings is the Eklutna Tailrace, which is located at Mile 4 of the Old Glenn Highway (Palmer Alternate), near the Eklutna power plant. According to ADFG, the tailrace has begun to produce Chinooks. Before the season began, ADFG put severe harvest restrictions on most rivers in the Mat-Su area, including the Susitna, Deshka and Yentna. But in contrast to most of those streams, there are no additional restrictions on kings at the tailrace, which is located just 20 miles north of Eagle River.

Anglers fishing for king salmon must have a king harvest stamp; all anglers must have a valid Alaska fishing license or harvest card (for anglers 14 and under) before hitting the water.

 

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com.

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