Alaska Fishing

Fishing in Turnagain Arm

Turnagain Arm fishing
Image courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Fishing in the Turnagain Arm and nearby Rivers.

There are numerous opportunities for fishing in the Turnagain Arm area, including area rivers and creeks. Twentymile and Placer rivers, and Portage, Glacier, and Ingram creeks are great areas to target all types of Salmon except kings. King Salmon fishing is closed year-round in this area.

The rivers and creeks can be accessed by boats, or via bridges off the Seward Highway. Salmon are tide sensitive in these rivers and creeks, with the best fishing starting 90-120 minutes before high tides.  

Silver Salmon fishing in area Rivers and Creeks:

Some of the best fishing in this area is for Wild Silver Salmon in the Twentymile and Placer rivers, as well as Portage Creek. These runs start in late July or early August, and peak in late August or early September.

Sockeye Salmon fishing in Sixmile Creek:

Sixmile Creek is located on Elmendorf Air Force Base, and land access is restricted to members of the military and their guests. The creek itself is mostly closed to fishing, although an area near the mouth of the creek is open for Salmon Fishing. The area open to sport fishing for salmon is the salt waters that are seaward of a steel cable stretched across the creek mouth. A large run of Sockeye or Red Salmon return to the mouth of Sixmile Creek from mid-July through mid-August, with peak occurring mid- to late July.

Popular lures include Coho and streamer flies and small spinners.

Hooligan or Smelt Dipnetting in Anchorage:

Eulachon or Hooligan are a type of smelt, or candle fish. They return each spring to many area streams and the Twentymile River. There is no bag or possession limit for smelt. However, this is a “personal use” fishery, open only to Alaska Residents.

Alaskans can use small-mesh, long-handled nets near the mouths of Twentymile and Placer rivers from late April through late May to catch as many Hooligan as they would like. Hooligan, like Salmon, are tide sensitive, and are most easily harvested at high tides.

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.