Alaska Salmon Fishing Charters on the Chitina River

Alaska Salmon Fishing Charters on the Chitina River
The Chitina River flows through the interior and southcentral portions of Alaska, into the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and down into the Yakutat region. The Chitina flows into a confluence with the Copper River. King, sockeye and pink salmon run through these rivers each year, making them popular for fishing, dip-netting and charter operations. There are several charter operation offering fishing trips into the Chitina. Be sure to have a valid Alaska fishing license before you head out for a day's fishing. Salmon runs on the Chitina begin in early June and extend into early September, depending on species and region.

Captain Kim's Good Time Charters

Captain Kim's Good Time Charters offers guided dip-netting on the Chitina, as well as custom fishing trips for salmon. Charter fees include guide, boat and fuel, use of foul weather gear and fishing gear with tackle and bait. Additional services such as filleting, freezing, smoking or shipping for your catch can be arranged through the office if you desire.

Captain Kim's Good Time Charters
P.O. Box 56151
North Pole AK 99705


Klutina Salmon Charters

Klutina Salmon Charters offers guided salmon charters on the Chitina and Copper rivers. Early July sees king salmon runs. Sockeye salmon charters are offered from early July through the middle of August. Charter fees include boat, fuel, guide, use of fishing gear and tackle, and use of foul-weather gear. Bring sunglasses (polarized if possible) a hat, and extra layers of non-cotton clothing. In addition to salmon catches, sightings of grizzly bear, moose and caribou are possible.

Klutina Salmon Charters
Mile Post 101 Old Richardson Highway
Copper Center AK 99573

Copper Oar

Copper Oar Rafting offers custom charters and floats on the Chitina. Reservations are required so logistics can be arranged for the river run. Guides, tackle and gear, use of camp gear such as tents and kitchen gear for multi-day trips, and drinks and snacks are included in the charter fees. Trips are led on rafts down the river, with guides stopping to allow you to fish the eddies and holes. Bring your own sleeping gear, sunglasses, hats and extra clothing. Moose, bears, eagles and fox may be spotted during trips.

Copper Oar
Kennicott River
McCarthy AK 99588


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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