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.