Beginning in early June, we offer full day and half day guided raft trips to fish for the famous Copper River Sockeye (Reds) and Chinook (King) Salmon in the beautiful Gulkana River. With up to three trips daily, we outfit every client with all the essentials including your own fully insured and permitted professional guide and rafts, all tackle, PFD's, and for your nourishment we carry sack lunches and beverages for the full day trips and snacks and beverages for the half day trips. (No alcoholic beverages please!). The Copper River Salmon are considered by many to be the most prized and best tasting salmon in the world. The reason for this is that these fish have a slightly higher fat content in their meat and like a good steak, the extra fat produces a brighter taste.
If you have the opportunity to do a comparison taste test with any other salmon you will quickly come to understand what so many people before you have learned ~ Copper River Salmon (Kings and Reds) are the top of the line. The Gulkana River is a beautiful winding river that covers about three miles for every mile on the highway. On our half day trips we fish 5 to 6 miles of the river. On our full day trips we fish up to 23 miles of the river. We often times see various kinds of Alaska wildlife such as Caribou, Black and Brown Bear, Moose, Beaver, Otter, and a myriad of water foul and a couple of dozen Bald Eagles that you will enjoy up close and personal. In the Gulkana River, King Salmon range in size from 15 to 45 pound with an occasional catch over 50 pounds. As in all our rivers in East Alaska, you are allowed to catch and release Chinook (King) Salmon all day and keep one per day and four per season.
On the Gulkana River the Sockeye (Reds) range in size from 4 pounds to 12 pounds. The limit is three per day with no seasonal limit. Of course, some days you will limit out and some days fishing can be challenging. We cannot guarantee your catch but we can guarantee that we will do all we can to provide an exciting an eventful day as we put you in the middle of them. The rest is up to you and providence. And finally, we have beautiful cabins for your comfort and enjoyment that accommodate families up to four with two queen beds, full bath with showers, Dish Network TV (over 100 channels) and kitchens. Our rates are competitive, the rooms are spotless and we even have an outdoor cook house where you can prepare your catch of the day.
- Half Day (Five hour trips):
*Leave: 7:00 am and 1:00 pm
*Return: 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm
- Full Day (Ten hour trips):
*Leave: 7:00 am
*Return: 5:00 pm.
Note: Above times are subject to change according to water conditions, weather, and the needs of the clients.
- Current Alaska Fishing License
- King Salmon Stamp
- Clothes for the weather (Rain gear strongly recommended)
- A great "catchum" attitude.
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