Klutina River Fishing Charters (White Water)
The word "Klutina" is the Athabascan word for "fast water". This river covers about 26 miles, dropping about 30 feet per mile and running from 5 to 14 miles per hour. This will from time to time, depending on weather conditions, create a few Class 1 and Class 2 rapids. Just sufficient to insure an exciting but very safe ride.
The Klutina season begins on July 1 and runs through August 10.
Our guides will continue to fish the Copper River Kings on the Gulkana River in June until the Klutina River King season opens on July 1.
When the Red Salmon (Sockeye) are in the Klutina, we will offer five-hour and ten-hour charters, too.
Size and Limits:
The Klutina River normally produces larger fish and because it is white water the challenge is superior. These fish average between 18 and 50 pounds, but in most years fish can easily top out above 60 pounds with occasional catches over 70 pounds.
Without question, fishing the Klutina is a world-class experience for both the most dedicated fishermen as well as the novice. The limit on Kings is one fish per day and four fish per season.
As in all our rivers in East Alaska, for Chinook (King) Salmon the rule is catch and release all day ~ keep one per day and four per season.
The Sockeye (Reds) range in size from 4 to 8 pounds. For the Sockeye Salmon, the rule is catch and release all day ~ keep three per day with no seasonal limit.
Of course, some days anglers will limit out and some days fishing can be challenging. I cannot guarantee your catch but I can guarantee that our guides will do all they can to provide an exciting and eventful day as they put our guests in the middle of them. The rest us up to you and providence.
Because of the distance on the Klutina of over 14 miles it is highly recommended that you book the full day charter. That will insure that you have the best opportunity to be successful in catching a really great Copper River King Salmon.
With up to three trips daily, Copper River Salmon Charters will outfit every client with all the essentials including your own fully insured and permitted professional guide and rafts, all tackle, boots and PFD's. For your nourishment, we carry snacks and beverages for the five-hour charters. We carry sack lunches, snacks and beverages for the ten-hour trips. (No alcoholic beverages, please!)
Your only requirement is to come with your current Alaska fishing license, King Stamp and dressed for the weather. You can purchase your license and King stamp locally when you arrive or on line at: http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/admin/license/11-527.pdf
It is strongly recommended that all anglers bring good rain gear for the Klutina River as the water originates at the Klutina Glacier and is in the mid-30's. Odds are, everyone will get wet in the rapids (class 1 and 2). Rain gear will help to keep everyone dry and comfortable all day.