Southcentral

Where else can you catch a king salmon in the city? If urban fishing isn't what your after the region has endless opportunities for anglers fishing freshwater, saltwater, rivers, or lakes. Not to mention fish, fish, fish and more fish. Salmon and halibut are the areas most popular species and many communities sponsor derbies for the largest one caught.

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Good Fishing Locations

Bull Lake - Located 20 minutes by plane from Chulitna River Lodge, north of Anchorage. Fishing season for trout, July and August, grayling also available.

Chulitna Lake - Located 20 minutes by plane from Chulitna River Lodge, north of Anchorage. Fishing season for trout, July – September.

Deep Creek - Located approximately 130 miles south of Anchorage, accessible by road. The creek is known for producing some of the top king salmon.

Deshka River - Located 60 miles northwest of Anchorage. Primary access by floatplane or boat via Susitna Landing. Known as one of the best rivers for fishing in southcentral. There are numerous lodges in the area.

Hidden Lake - Located 32 miles northwest of Glennallen, accessible by floatplane or road. A variety of species available and lodges available on the lake!

High Lake - Located southwest of Glennallen at an elevation of 3,006 in the Chugach Mountains. Accessible by float plan with cabins, boats and motors available. Trout and rainbow fly-fishing available.

Kenai River - Located on the Kenai Peninsula, accessible by road. Certain areas are closed and special restrictions apply. There are numerous lodges and guides in the area.

Lake Louise - Located 32 miles northwest of Glennallen, accessible by floatplane or by road. Lodges are located on the lake. Excellent trout fishing.

Salt Lagoon Creek - Located 22 miles north of Ketchikan, accessible by boat. Silver and pink salmon, Dolly Varden and cutthroat are some of the species you’ll find.

Little Susitna River - Starts at Mint Glacier, in the Talkeetna Mountains and flows southwest into the Cook Inlet, accessible by road or riverboat. One of the largest silver salmon runs in southcentral.

Russian River - Located on the Kenai Peninsula, accessible by road from the Russian River campground. Closed to all fishing April 15 – May 30. Check regulations for limits and other restrictions that apply to the season you will be fishing. Talachulitna River - Located 65 miles northwest of Anchorage, primary access by floatplane. Lodges are in the area. Rated as one of the best fishing streams in southcentral. Various salmon species available, as well as, rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. Yentna River - Located approximately 50 miles northwest of Anchorage, primary access by floatplane. Lodges are located on the river. Excellent fishery.

Managed Areas

  • Kenai Fresh Water
  • Cook Inlet Resurrection Bay Salt Water
  • Susitna –West Cook Inlet
  • Copper River Upper Susitna
  • Prince William Sound

There are 11 managed sportfishing areas in Alaska, each with varying possession and bag limits. To obtain a current copy of Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary contact:

Department of Fish & Game
Box 3-2000
Juneau, AK 99802