Alaska Fishing

Fishing Stocked Lakes in Anchorage

Fishing lakes in Anchorage
Image courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Anchorage Area lake Fishing and Stocked Lakes

Although many Anchorage lakes do not have large natural populations of fish, the state stocks nearly all lakes in the area with fish on a regular basis. Some of these lakes offer fantastic fishing, especially when the Salmon runs are not in area rivers and streams.

All lakes in Anchorage area are open to fishing year round, with the only exception being Campbell Lake, which is closed year-round to all types of fishing.

Landlocked King Salmon Fishing

The state stocks “catchable” size King Salmon in many lakes throughout the Anchorage area. These fish are aggressive predators, and can be caught on small lures and jigs. Ice fishing is also popular in area lakes for these great smaller fish. These King Salmon do not grow near the sizes of the ocean run Kings that return to area creeks and rivers, but at 10-14” they are still very fun to catch.

Stocked Rainbow Trout fishing in Anchorage

There are some small natural rainbow trout in the Anchorage area, but these fish are generously supplemented each year with hatchery rainbow trout. According to the State Fisheries Division, there are over 25 lakes and two streams (Campbell and Chester creeks) in the Anchorage area that are stocked with rainbows every single year. Most lakes and streams are stocked just before the Memorial Day weekend, and again around July 4. Not all stocked Rainbow Trout are caught each year, and there are some fish that can grow upwards of 20 inches.

Grayling Fishing in Symphony Lake

Arctic Grayling are small but very aggressive and very fun to fish for, especially with ultra light spinning combos, or light weight fly rods. One of the most beautiful and peaceful settings for fishing for these fun and exciting fish in the Anchorage area is Symphony Lake.

The lake is not as easy to access as some other areas in town, so there are usually very few people fishing the area. The 5 mile long train can be accessed off of Hiland Road. Although the lake is regularly stocked, there is also a naturally reproducing population of Arctic Grayling in the lake that can range in size from about a foot up to real giants, over 20 inches.

Grayling are aggressive, especially in Symphony Lake, and they can be caught readily on small lures, spinners, and flies.

Visiting other towns in the Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska? Here are more places to look for Alaska fishing information for the Anchorage Area:
Anchorage, Ship Creek, Eagle River, Campbell Creek, Bird Creek, Anchorage Stocked Lakes, Turnagain Arm and Rivers.

Alaska fishing information on the Kenai Peninsula:
Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Homer, Seldovia, Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Kasilof, Sterling, Seward.