Delta Clearwater River
If your looking for premier trophy size arctic grayling fishing and the largest run of coho salmon in the Interior of Alaska, look no further than Delta Clearwater River. Access can be had at the State campground facilities which also offers a boat launch and shore fishing. We cant wait for July to come, when others are out chasing the salmon, we like fishing this location. After flyfishing all day and catching trophy size fish you can relax with a great nacho grande platter at the local cantina, the Clearwater Lodge, which sits right on the river, adjacent to the state campground. The coho run starts in September and will last through November.
The Salcha River flows from the headwaters in the Tanana hills about 120 miles northeast of its mouth to enter the Tanana River near Harding Lake. It is a rapid runoff stream, and the water is clear or slightly stained with tannin except during periods of heavy runoff. The Richardson Highway Bridge crosses the Salcha River about three river miles upstream from its confluence with the Tanana, and there is a state recreation site and boat launch at the bridge. The Salcha River supports a run of Chinook (king) salmon and a summer run of chum (dog) salmon. Salcha River salmon have traveled about 950 miles from the Bering Sea to the mouth of the Salcha River. Adult Chinook salmon enter the Salcha River between late June and the second week of July. The run ends in late July or early August. By the time they reach the Salcha River, the salmon are in full spawning colors and the flesh is beginning to deteriorate. We like fishing this river with aboat, however public access from the shore is available both above and below the highway bridge.
The infamous Yukon is the longest river in Alaska. The mighty river begins in the Canadian Providence of British Columbia, stretches across the Yukon Territory Providence before crossing the border into Alaska. The flowing water continues westerly the entire width of the state until it empties into the Bering Sea. Popular access point by vehicle in Alaska is the Dalton Highway bridge. Several species of resident fish can be found in the river and its tributaries including sheefish, arctic grayling, and northern pike. During the summer different species of Pacific Salmon also migrate up the river from the ocean. Some going the length all the way into Canada for spawning.
Chena Lake / Quartz Lake / Birch Lake / Harding Lake
These stocked lakes can be found along the Richardson Highway. They are popular in both summer and winter seasons (ice fishing). Chena, Quartz, and Birch Lakes have stocked rainbow trout, arctic char, and land locked salmon (coho and king). Harding Lake is a deep water lake and has a population of lake trout, arctic char, white fish and northern pike (although northern pike can not be targeted). We mainly fish these areas during the winter ice fishing season and at break up. Quartz Lake sports a very nice population of fat rainbow trout.
A semi-remote interior lake located about 6 miles north of the Tanana River and the Alaska Highway, and about 35 miles southeast of Delta Junction, Alaska. George Lake is one of the two largest Northern Pike fisheries in Alaska. (The other is Minto Flats) The lake is accessible during open water season by boat via the Tanana River and George Creek (Slough) or by float plane. It’s an adrenalin packed ride to navigate the river in a jet boat. You can also access the Lake via snow machine or skis during freeze up in the winter. Use all sorts of lures to catch the aggressive predators. Favorites for casting included large in-line spinners & spoons and a large white 8 inch curly tail worm (used for halibut jigging). Fly rod use of 7/8 weight works good with large streamers. Cast and blast…basically you can poop on a hook, throw it out in the water, and catch a northern pike.