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Klutina River Fishing Charters (White Water)


"Klutina" is an Athabaskan word for fast water or rough water. The nexus of the river is Klutina Lake which is the reservoir from the melting of Klutina Glacier some 40 to 50 miles in the Chugach Mountain Range north of Prince William Sound. The river drops on average about 30 feet per mile and will travel from 4 or 5 miles per hour up to 13 or 15 mph as it makes its way to the Copper River in Copper Center. Under normal conditions the river will range from a Class 1 to Class 2 rating. But there are times that this can increase to Class 3 and occasionally, for short periods up to a Class 4. The variation is usually caused by the Klutina Glacier melting faster than normal in very hot weather. Heavy rains can affect the condition of the river but usually is not a deterrent to fishing.

Because Klutina Lake is a very deep and long body of water, the movement of the water is slow, allowing the glacial silt or flower to sink as the water migrates toward the outlet of Klutina River. Thus there is ample visibility for the fish to identify your lure and this makes for successful fishing in this glacier fed river which, in itself, is unusual.


The season on the Klutina begins when the Sockeye run starts. This is normally in early to mid-June and continues throughout the summer ending about the latter part of July.

On July 1 the season opens for the Chinook (King) salmon and continues until August 10. During this time we are equipped to fish both species but we target the Chinook during that season as most of our anglers are interested in hooking up with a great fish in white water.


The Klutina will often produce a larger variety of both Sockeye and Chinook salmon. The Sockeye will range from 4 to 8 pounds with occasional fish upwards of 10 to 12 pounds. The Chinook, while larger on average than those in the Gulkana River, they might be as small as 15 to 18 pounds on the low side and will often range from 35 to 50 pounds on the higher side. We have occasionally landed Chinook above the 60 pound mark with the largest in recent years being upwards of 70+ pounds.


Limits and Regulations

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game with the Alaska Fish Board set all the rules and regulations for fishing the waters of the state. A full description of these rules, regulations and an explanation about Emergency Orders can be found on their web site at:


A brief explanation of these rules for the rivers we are fishing are as follows:


Chinook Salmon: Sports fishermen may catcha and release all day and keep one per day up to four per season.

Sockeye Salmon: Sports fishermen may catch and release all day and keep up to three per day with no limit per season.

Emergency Orders

In order to control the take and provide for an escapement that will insure the species will survive from year to year the ADF&G may, at their discretion, announce Emergency Orders that will vary the rules they feel necessary. These EO’s will, at times, decrease the limits to be taken and in some years will increase the numbers if the run is sufficiently strong that such action will not be an hindrance to the future of the population. Traditionally the EO has called for a reduction in Chinook but in recent years the EO allowed for the limit to be increased to 6 per day with no limit per season. This will vary from year to year.






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