The Kings and Reds have arrived!
Well it is safe to say that the fish have finally arrived. I was in Salana today at the NPS office for the north end of the park and the fish biologist tells me that the fish wheels on the upper Copper-Chistochina and Salana are turning heavy with Reds and a few Kings. There is a Fish Weir on Tanada Creek with a camera counter and it is also seeing reds coming through and keep in mind Tanada creek in Salana which is a full hour and ½ north of the Gulkana bridge.
Ok now for the eye witness reports! I was down at the bridge this evening picking up some rafting/fishing clients and they landed 2 very nice kings that appeared to be in the 26 pound range. Very nice color and in very good shape! Nature’s fish finder-Eagles are all over the river eating on Sockeye carcasses. I have not seen any of my groups bring in Reds as they are targeting Kings but the bridge area has quite a few left over from cleaning tables. The pull out camping area at the Gulkana River Bridge has only 5-6 rigs down there right now so it is not crowded at all. I floated the Sailors pit to bridge run in about 2 hours and we only say one other raft on the river so now is a good time if your looking for some good fishing!
Keep in mind that the tribal resource officers are out a lot and anything above high water is Tribal land and can result in a ticket! Its is very hard to fish above the bridge with out crossing tribal lands so know where your at and remember a float trip is a lot cheaper than a ticket!
Gulkana River Raft Rentals
Mile 127.5 of the Richardson
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