Fishing trips

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All-Inclusive Alaska Fishing Trips

Join us on an unforgettable journey to Chunilna (Clear) Creek, one of Alaska’s premier fishing destinations. Our all-inclusive fishing trips offer you the chance to experience the pristine beauty and abundant wildlife of this angler’s paradise.

At Chunilna Creek, you’ll enjoy shore-based fishing on a small river renowned for its incredible catches. Let us take care of everything, so you can focus on the thrill of fishing in one of the best rivers in Alaska.

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Standing in the heart of the river, reeling in a prize catch.
A successful catch in Chunilna Creek – pure joy and excitement!


Crystal Clear Waters and Unique Sportfishing

The river is popularly known as Clear Creek due to its normally crystal-clear waters, though its official name is Chunilna Creek. This unique feature allows you to often spot fish swimming beneath the surface, adding an exciting visual element to your fishing experience. 

The clarity of the water makes Chunilna Creek a premier location for some of the finest and most challenging sportfishing in the world.


World-Class Fishing Opportunities

Every year, thousands of salmon return to the Susitna River Drainage, turning Chunilna Creek into a world-class fishing spot. The annual salmon run not only attracts anglers from all over the globe but also supports a thriving ecosystem. As the salmon return, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, and Grayling flourish, providing diverse and memorable fishing opportunities. 

Whether you’re targeting the powerful salmon or the vibrant trout, fishing in Chunilna Creek offers an experience you’ll cherish forever.


techniques for freshwater fishing in alaska

In Alaska, various effective techniques are employed to catch freshwater fish, with the chosen method often depending on the location and target species.

Here are some commonly used methods:

Back-bouncing, a river fishing technique, involves using weight to keep your line at or near the bottom, using the current to “walk” your offering through a hole, riffle, or other area likely to hold fish. Let your line to the bottom until you feel the weight contact bottom, then gently lift, allowing the current to push the weight a short distance (usually a few inches). Back-bouncing is a very effective method of fishing slots from a boat. If the oarsman or motor operator is working the hole properly, it is possible to cover every square foot of the area in one pass through. Back-bouncing can also be done from shore, typically from points the project into the main channel, offering a drift off the end of the point.

Similar to lake trolling, back-trolling is a river fishing technique that involves using the current to keep an offering at or near the bottom, usually by using a motor to slow the drift of a boat. In some cases oars may be used instead. The boat is positioned with the bow upstream, and various planing devices are used to keep lines at or near the bottom, while gently maneuvering the boat side-to-side to cover the area. Once an area has been worked, the boat is allowed to slip slowly downstream and the process is repeated. In this way it is possible to work an entire location, exposing an offering to every fish in the hole.

A common lake fishing technique used with bait, simply clip a bobber (float) onto your line at a prescribed distance from your hook, and cast the line into an area thought to hold fish. When a fish strikes, the float moves and the angler sets the hook. Sometimes split-shot are used on the line, to get the bait down to the required depth.

A relatively recent arrival in Alaska, center pin fishing (center-pinning) is a river fishing technique that involves the use of a simple reel with an axle (pin) that allows the reel to spin freely enough to allow long-distance casting. Many anglers use braided dacron line for backing, topped with a monofilament main line. The terminal end of the line is rigged with a fly in most cases, split shot when necessary (but often avoided because the weight can inhibit the dead-drift action anglers are looking for), and a float, which is positioned to keep the offering at or near the bottom. Center-pinning can be done from shore or from a boat.

Used mostly for fishing rivers, drift fishing (or dead-drift fishing) is a method whereby an offering is allowed to drift at the same speed as the current, simulating, for example, salmon eggs or flesh that is drifting naturally with the current. Fly, spinning, or bait casting tackle can be used for drift fishing; the key is to use just the right amount of weight to allow the offering to drift along at close to the same speed as the current.

Fly fishing involves using a fly rod and reel, and a fly line. Unlike other methods that depend on using heavier offerings or the addition of weight on the main line in order to cast the offering to the fish, fly fishing relies on the weight of the line to carry the fly to the fish. Fly lines are available in floating, sinking, and sinking tip versions, with the choice of line dependent on the species targeted. Fly fishing may involve the use of dry flies (which are floated on the surface, or wet flies, nymphs or streamers which are fished below the surface.

A common fishing technique in the Lower 48 states for angling for panfish and trout, jigging is not as popular in Alaska. It can be a very effective technique for lake trout fishing, however, and is almost the only option in the winter ice fishing months. Popular jigging lures include standard lead-head jigs with rubber tails or bucktail, Flatfish lures, or spoons.

Otherwise known as “flossing” or “force-feeding”, lining is the most popular method of catching sockeye salmon in many freshwater fisheries such as the Kenai and Russian rivers. This is because sockeye, unlike other salmon species, do not readily strike a lure or bait while they are migrating to spawning areas. In a nutshell, lining involves pulling the line across the bottom at the same level where the fish are found (usually near the bottom), so that the line goes through the fish’s open mouth, and is pulled through the mouth until the hook ends up in the mouth. Experienced liners can catch a three-fish limit of sockeye in ten minutes or less in the right conditions. Hooks are usually sharpened to needle-point sharpness, so that they easily penetrate the fish’s mouth.

Lining meets the technical definition of snagging, as many fish are hooked outside the mouth with this method. Fish hooked anywhere but inside the mouth must be released, according to the Alaska Fishing Regulations.

Fishing Seasons in Alaska

Salmon season and halibut season in alaska

Fishing in Alaska is a year-round adventure, but timing your trip according to the peak seasons for salmon and halibut can make your experience even more rewarding.

Salmon Season:
Salmon fishing in Alaska is legendary, with five species of Pacific salmon returning to the rivers each year. The season typically begins in late May and runs through September, with different species peaking at various times. King salmon, also known as Chinook, kick off the season in late May and early June. Sockeye salmon follow, with their peak season in June and July. Pink and chum salmon are most abundant in July and August, while silver salmon, or Coho, offer excellent fishing opportunities from late July through September. Each species presents unique challenges and rewards, making every trip exciting.

Halibut Season:
Halibut fishing is another highlight of Alaska’s angling opportunities. The halibut season generally runs from mid-May to mid-September. These massive flatfish are found in deeper waters, and their size and strength provide a thrilling challenge for anglers. June through August are prime months for halibut fishing, with the peak often occurring in July. Catching a giant halibut, which can weigh hundreds of pounds, is a goal for many fishermen and adds an unforgettable experience to your Alaskan adventure.

By aligning your trip with these peak seasons, you can maximize your chances of landing some of Alaska’s most sought-after fish. Whether you’re aiming for the powerful salmon or the mighty halibut, the timing of your visit plays a crucial role in ensuring a successful and memorable fishing experience.

Fish species May June July August September
Halibut Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
King Salmon Yes Yes Yes No No
Silver Salmon No No Yes Yes Yes
Red Salmon No Yes Yes Yes No
Pink & Chum Salmon No No Yes Yes No

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