Klutina River, Alaska Fishing Information
Klutina River, Alaska Fishing Information
The Klutina River is accessed via the Richardson Highway about 12 miles south of Glenallen. The Klutina River has good runs of both Alaska King (chinook) salmon and the world famous Copper Red (sockeye) salmon. The Klutina provides excellent opportunities for roadside anglers to catch sockeye salmon! The river is glacial and swift which produces ideal red salmon fishing opportunities. The salmon run close to the shore to avoid the main current of the river. The more productive fishing spots include fishing behind the hotel; fishing at one of the two bridge crossings on the highway system; or one of the many river access points along the road to the Klutina Lake. The road to Klutina Lake is rough in areas, particulary further up toward the lake. Guides offer jet boat service for kings, but there is also hike accessible access to the confluence on the downstream side of the confluence with the Copper River. In addition, the rough road leading to the Klutina Lake has side roads and trails that lead to the river. Typically, the farther up toward the lake one travels the better the fishing opportunity for landing kings.
Accomodations Rating: RV Parks or Primative. Options include RV camping in one of the for fee RV parks, or roughing it in one of the pull-outs along side the road.
Access: Easy to Moderate. Access is easy at the bridge crossings as well as in the areas where the river is accessible via roads. Hike in access to the confluence and to the varying locations along the road to Klutina Lake vary in difficulty.
Crowds: Light. Very few people fish the Klutina River compared with better known fisheries in the state.
Klutina River, ALASKA FISH AND FISHING RATINGS:
King Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Rating: Decent - Really Good. The lower Klutina River is swift making for difficult king fishing, except for on the downstream side of the confluence with the Copper River. More reasonable chances at kings include accessing the upper stretches toward the Lake and fishing the slower pools and lines created where there is slower current along side faster current. Fishing Technique for king salmon on the Klutina River is traditional drift fishing salmon roe either with or without a corky.
Red Salmon (Sockeye) Fishing Rating: Outstanding. The Klutina River offers outstanding fishing for the world famous Copper River red salmon. The sockeye runs peak right along with the king runs making for good opportunity to target both species. This fishing is often compared to the Kenia sockeye fishing because of the catching opportunities and the similar glacial colored river - the main difference is the lack of crowds. Fishing Techniques for sockeye salmon on the Klutina River include: drifting yarn flies, or other sockeye salmon flies.
Note: The Klutina River is not featured in our Alaska Roadside King Salmon Fishing DVD because it is in a different drainage. We do want to share the information on our website however, because the Copper River tributaries and the Valdez area offers anglers seeking roadside accessible fishing additional opportunities.
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