East Fork Chulitna River, Alaska Fishing
East Fork Chulitna River, Alaska Fishing
If you fish the Parks Highway later in the king and silver salmon seasons, you should fish the slightly glacial East Fork of the Chulitna River and its clear water tributaries. This fishery sees almost no fishing pressure and reasonable numbers of kings and silvers can be caught. If you are capable of a one-hour hike, the East Fork of the Chulitna provides good access to one of the best king salmon fishing holes in Alaska - The confluence of the East and Middle Forks of the Chulitna River. Denali National Park is just a short drive from this excellent, but little known fishery!
Accomodations Rating: Primitive - Improved. In general, you are looking at roughing it in one of the dirt pull outs along the highway. There is one improved camping area with primitive restrooms and trash service 0.4 miles north of the Parks Highway bridge crossing of the East Fork of the Chulitna River.
Access: Easy - Difficult.
Access to the East Fork of the Chulitna River via the bridge crossing is easy.
Access to Hardage Creek is relatively easy and just a few hundred yard hike from the road along the creek bottom to reach the confluence. There is no trail. Hike down the creek.
Access to the confluence of an un-named tributary is difficult. Considerable distance, heavy bush-whacking and numerous beaver dams and ponds are involved.
Access to the confluence of Antimony Creek is moderate via the right access route. There is no trail. Use your GPS.
Access to the confluence of the East and Middle Forks confluence of the Chulitna River is a little more than moderate and involves about 60 minutes hiking via the best foot access route. Access is the same as Antimony except when you arrive at the East Fork, you hike down river along a gravel bar with some limited brush hiking. There is no trail.
Crowds: Very Light. Very few people fish the East Fork of the Chulitna River for kings. It is hard to imagine the quality of fishing in the absence of people being available from the road system. In fact, the fishing and lack of people compares with only the relatively undiscovered remote float trips.
EAST FORK CHULITNA RIVER, ALASKA FISH AND FISHING RATINGS:
King Salmon (Chinook) Fishing Rating: Decent to Really Good! As long as you know to fish later in the king salmon fishing season and know where some of the good fishing holes are, this fishery can be outstanding! Fishing Techniques: a variety of techniques will work, but drift fishing flies, or fly fishing is the primary method for catching kings on this river system. Drifting corkies and yarn is another effective technique for kings in this area.
Silver Samon (Coho) Fishing Rating: Decent. Silvers can be present in decent numbers early in the Fall. Fishing Techniques for silvers include drifting flashy corkys, drifting flies, or fly fishing.
Rainbow Trout Fishing Rating: Decent to Good. Rainbows are present in the East Fork of the Chulitna River and its clear water tributaries year round, but the best fishing occurs Summer and early Fall.
Grayling Fishing Rating: Decent to Good. Grayling are present in the East Fork of the Chulitna River and its clear water tributaries year round, but the best fishing occurs Summer and early Fall.
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