Copper Valley Region
With literally hundreds of places to fish the Copper Valley, this duo of Salmon Jedi primarly focus on fishing the Klutina River. The river begins from the Klutina Lake high in the Chugach Mountains, this raging river drops quickly in elevation, which adds to the appeal of fishing it. Along with the glacial blue color, this river receives an excellent run of both King and Sockeye Salmon. More often than not, Klutina is the first place that we start our open water season with every year. Sockeye Salmon are the primary target for freezer fillers, and having two distinct runs of the tasty species help this river gain its notoriety. There are several locations to fish this river, with the local campgrounds being the most popular, however public access is availble on both sides.
East Fork Gulkana
If you are looking for a place to sight fish for Arctic Grayling early in the summer, look no further then the East Fork Gulkana River. This location spoils you with an overlook that can let you see the fish before they ever see you. While it is closed to salmon fishing, current regulations state that you can target and catch Arctic Grayling. Be sure to strike early, as the Grayling often vacate this location when the summer salmon come up this far. Access is easy, there is a place to pull over right at the outlet to Summit Lake. It is a good place to take friends that can’t visualize the strike of the Grayling as they can see it happening from the overlook above.
Lake Louise, Alaska can be accessed by road year round by taking the Glenn Highway to mile 159.8 and turning north on Lake Louise Road. Travel 17 miles along the paved road until you reach the lake. The destination can also be reached by airplane since a state-owned public-use airport is only 2 miles from the lake. Operators with float planes can also land right on the water. Although fishing is done year round, the lake is very popular for winter fishing with several winter trails groomed for travel by snow machine during the season. Lake trout and burbot are the primary targeted species.