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Thread: Repost from Freshwater Section: Intro/Klutina Reds, Gulkana Kings June

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    Default Repost from Freshwater Section: Intro/Klutina Reds, Gulkana Kings June

    Hello AOS Ladies and Gents!

    I would like to introduce myself to the forum and tell you all a little about my fishing plans for this upcoming June. My sister in-law recently (last year) moved to Wasilla and my best friend lives in Valdez. Neither one of them are truly that into fishing as much as I am and I am feeling naked in the local opinion area and it is always fun to get online and meet new outdoorsmen. I have been to Alaska before but really didn't get much fishing in so I will be trying to make the most of my short time while I come to fish and visit them (in that order ) from June 5th-14th of this year.

    I am a huge advocate of online hunting and fishing forums as I have been able to help many here in the western states and have received much help myself but I hesitate to jump online and start asking a bunch of questions that I could find the answer to with a little research. That being said it is always very helpful to get pointed in the right direction as a newbie to the area. I was thrilled to find AOS last month and I have been searching through archives since trying to learn as much as possible.

    Here is my plan so far for the short 9 days-please chime in with any advice or thoughts. We fly into Anchorage on Friday the 5th and will likely spend Saturday and maybe Sunday in the Wasilla/Anchorage area site seeing with the wife and hitting some lakes with spin casting rigs. Then we are going to be driving to Valdez to spend a couple of days with my friend fishing for Halibut. The rest of the trip is pretty open. I would really like to take a couple days on the way to or from Valdez and hit the Copper River area for Sockeye or Kings. From what I can tell it is likely that we will be able to get into some Sockeye on the Klutina in that time frame with a little luck and maybe take a charter on the Gulkana for some early Kings. What am I missing? Any suggestions for different river stretches in that time frame? We are very open to any type of fishing for any species and just like to catch fish but Salmon would be the icing on the cake. If rainbows or Dolly's are an option I think that would be a blast as well. We plan on bring fly rods, and spin casting gear on top of the halibut rigs. Again I really appreciate any of your thoughts on making the most out of this short time. I was able to talk my Dad into coming with me and it has always been on his bucket list to fish Alaska and with his health I am not sure how may more chances we will get to do this together. Thanks again in advance for any creative ideas for making the most of this week.

    Best Regards,

    Jacen-"Bucksmut"

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    There will be a few kings in Ship Creek when you get here, and it should be hopping when you fly out. Only urban Chinook fishery in the world! Many of the lakes between Anchorage and Valdez offer good to terrific rainbow fishing, depending on your luck. I've done very well of Lake Louise road hitting the little stocked puddles. Trail, Paxson and Summit Lakes are well worth a try for lakers and grayling; that's prime time for them, as the ice will have just gone out. Sockeye on the Kenai will be going like hotcakes that whole time frame, mostly in the lower stretches. But thats out of the way for your itinerary.

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    Awesome info-Thank you very much-Seems like we will be running out of time waaaaay before we run out of places to fish-we will be spending some time in the Anchorage/Wasilla area and it sounds like it might be a good idea to hit the Kenai for a day- we are really flexible and will move around to where we have the best chances of success.

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    Gulkana kings, lol. Not in this decade. It will be closed again before it starts.
    "I'd rather be fishing!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grayling Slayer View Post
    Gulkana kings, lol. Not in this decade. It will be closed again before it starts.
    So sad to not even need to ask for a king stamp with my license.

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    I have a good feeling about the Eklutna Tailrace. Decent numbers of small kings last year may translate to decent numbers of bigger kings this year. The new and improved hatchery stock are making their way back. I don't really like fishing there, but I do like catching and eating kings, so may be worth checking out, esp the last days for your trip. Get there early, very early or spend the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muchohucho View Post
    I have a good feeling about the Eklutna Tailrace. Decent numbers of small kings last year may translate to decent numbers of bigger kings this year. The new and improved hatchery stock are making their way back. I don't really like fishing there, but I do like catching and eating kings, so may be worth checking out, esp the last days for your trip. Get there early, very early or spend the night.
    I wonder if the hatchery on the upper gulkana will ever consider producing kings to help restore the fishery?

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