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    Been very curious about Portage creek and how productive it is for salmon. Read that fishing can be pretty decent in late summer or fall. Any one here have any personal experience with this stream down in Turnagain Arm?

    Also that river in Girdwood, Glacier Creek? Seems very silty most of the time I pass over it and fished it very few times with limited success. What's the deal there? Do most people fish the tributaries or?

    Thanks for any and all replies.

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    Will give Portage a shot this weekend I think. Maybe even hike up Glacier to find some tribs and maybe my own little "secret" fishing spot. Should be exciting! Thanks for the replies.

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    Can't speak for Portage, but fish Glacier creek as deep as you can and prepare to lose some lures. I'm guessing the silvers are running ok and the pinks are almost dead.

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    A note of caution before proceeding to bushwhack your way up some of these tributaries, especially along Glacier Creek. It is the time of season when salmon (particularly pinks) spawn in these streams and they serve as magnets for hungry bears in the area. Yes, Girdwood is a fairly good-sized community, close to Anchorage, and next to the busy Seward Highway; however, the tributaries of Glacier are all small and shallow and surrounded by dense vegetation -- perfect holdouts for feeding bears of both the black and brown varieties. Not trying to persuade you not to find your "secret spot" but be aware of what you might be getting into. Know the area intimately and unless you are OK meeting one or more bears nose to snout and carry adequate protection, avoid the tiny clearwater tributaries altogether and stay on the larger main flows where visibility of surroundings are much better.

    As for the fishing, it can be very good. This year may be a little off but you may luck out and hit a nice school of fish. From now on into September is the perfect time to look for silvers. Scout holes from tidewater on up, particularly sloughs or spots with some slack current.

    Good luck and stay safe!

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    Good info. Fished the Russian today and heading to Portage tomorrow. Not sure about Glacier yet, maybe if time allows. Not too keen on butting heads with bears at all but that's Alaska for ya! Will be careful. Thanks for the heads up!


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