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Fishing on JBER

An Alaska State fishing license is required for fishing on JBER, and all Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) regulations apply. Visit the ADFG website for the regulations. A full listing of ADFG Emergency Orders can be found here.

​In addition to a state fishing license, a recreational permit (available through this website) is required to fish on JBER. Public access to JBER-Elmendorf fishing areas are based on the current security status of the base. Public access to JBER-Richardson fishing areas are based on the current training area closures.  NOTE - When attempting to Sign-in, you will only be allowed to Sign-in to training areas that are currently open; if you do not see your preferred training area, it is NOT available. Please follow training area opening guidance.

JBER is part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) Anchorage Management Area for sport fisheries. There are 30 stocked lakes in this management area including nine lakes on JBER (four on JBER-Richardson and five on JBER-Elmendorf). Stocking numbers are based on state-estimated carrying capacity and estimates of fishing pressure. The stocking program has changed greatly over the years. Although past stocking programs released Arctic char, Arctic grayling, lake trout, and steelhead trout, the program currently stocks rainbow trout, arctic char, and landlocked Chinook salmon in JBER lakes.

No gas operated motors are allowed on JBER lakes but electric trolling motors are allowed. All occupants in or on watercraft, must wear US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, or III Personal Floatation Device while on JBER waters.

Fish are stocked in JBER lakes most commonly between mid May and October. Stocking has not occured in Otter Lake since the mid 2000's due to the discovery of northern pike in that lake. Current stocking levels in other JBER lakes are expected to remain at current levels, although they may be adjusted to reflect current angler use trends or fish availability. 

Northern Pike

Northern Pike are not native to southcentral Alaska (although they are native to other parts of the state). Illegal stocking of Pike has occured in Anchorage area lakes, including Otter Lake on JBER. Pike can decimate resident fish populations when introduced into waters where they are not native, reducing the quality of fishing. If you catch Northern Pike in JBER waters you must not release it alive. If you do not wish to keep it, you must turn it in to Natural Resources staff (907-384-0250 or at the Elmendorf Wildlife Education Center, 8481 19th Street). There is no bag limit for Pike on JBER waters. For more information from on invasive pike in southcentral Alaska click here to visit the ADFG website.



Ship Creek on JBER: Ship Creek area 1 - Ship Creek area 2

JBER-Elmendorf Fishing Lakes (Open to military affiliated persons only; non-affiliated persons must be sponsored by an affiliated person to use these areas)

JBER-Richardson Fishing Lakes 

Fisheries News

Effective January 1, 2012, footgear with absorbent felt or other fibrous material on the soles are prohibited while sport fishing in the fresh waters of Alaska. The regulation was adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 2010, to reduce the potential for introduction and spread of invasive organisms, including plants, into Alaska waters. Invasive organisms spread by contaminated waders and other gear, can threaten resident fish stocks and important fish habitat. For more information on invasive species please click on the links below:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Felt Soles Waders Emergency Order

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Invasive Species Information

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species, How Anglers Can Help 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: New Regulations Address Invasive Species