Ask the Pro's: Fishing near Denali National Park

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  • Denali/Cantwell, AK area from June 5th to June 8th, then heading down to Clam Gulch after that Would like to do some river fishing with my son while up in the Denali area. I have been reading that the fishing is fairly limited to Grayling...no trout. Also, no fishing license is required in Denali Park is that true? What would be our best options in your opinion.....hiring a guide or just finding a creek in the Park and going for it?

    - Sebastian

  • You are pretty limited inside the park for fishing, but there are some clear water streams that have a small amount of Grayling population. Here is a link to the Denali National Park fishing information & regulations. Depending on where you are in the park will determine if you have to have a license, this info is in the link.

    There is a guide service near the park, Adventure / Fish Denali Guide Service. They have options for Rainbows and Grayling, but I believe the Rainbow fishing is in a lake.

    There are stream fishing options on the way up to the park, but I don't know that you really will have much time to stop and fish with a 3 day window. Long drive from the park to Clam Gultch.

    Hope this info helps. Any thing I can do please let me know.

    Thanks, Mike

    Mike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Hey Sebastian!

    That area can be quite nice this time of year, especially with limited tourist activity and with spring starting to show up. The Denali and Cantwell area is well-known for its Arctic Grayling fishing and the further north you go, the more Grayling you can find. Just south of there, however, there are ample opportunities to fish for rainbow trout in the tributaries of the Susitna River. The local customs lean toward catch and release of these critters, so most, if not all trout and grayling fishing will be C&R. This time of year (as with every time of year in Alaska) you will want to pay particular attention to regulations for each individual waterway and it's various sections as the laws can be different on each one. I'm not sure about fishing in Denali with respect to not having a fishing license, but you should pick one up anyway if you plan on doing some fishing on the parks highway. There are several great guiding companies in the area and it would be totally worth the money to get local knowledge and cut out some of the guess work of where to go and what to use. If you are headed to the Clam Gulch area after that, check out King Salmon fishing on the Kasilof River on a guided trip. This, in my opinion is one of the best times to fish for kings down this way.

    I hope this helps and tight lines!

    Dave Lisi - Owner/Guide for Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC located in the small mountain town of Cooper Landing, Alaska where he is a year-round resident, guide, carpenter and trout bum. On any given day, you will most likely find Dave on the banks of the Kenai swinging for trout with his best friend and future wife, Jackie. Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC was built in early 2017 with the goal of sharing the love and passion Dave and Jackie have for the Kenai Peninsula and the fish that live there.
  • Sebastian,

    Hello, and congratulations on your upcoming trip to Alaska. Here is some info for you...

    Correct in Denali itself and just slightly south there are only Grayling present. To my knowledge you need a fishing license anywhere in AK. unless you are under the age of 16. There are many streams that cross the parks hwy and provide excellent fishing. Once you get slightly more south on the Parks Hwy around the Talkeetna to Willow area there is great trout fishing as well as Grayling, Dolly Varden, and some species of salmon pending on the time of year. This is the area my company FishHound Expeditions is located. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions. Enjoy your trip!

    Cheers,

    Adam Cuthriell - Part owner of FishHound Expeditions. His wife Kathryn Cuthriell and business partner Dave "Reps" Repta make up the rest of the company as well as their dogs Hatch, Rado, and Pike. They fish, live, and guide in Alaska year-round. When not guiding on the rivers they guide ice fishing on Alaska's numerous lakes. Originally from Colorado, he began guiding at the age of 19 while receiving a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. Adam is also a current state of Alaska EMT.
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