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The Karluk River is world famous for its heavy runs of salmon. It has runs of king, sockeye and silver salmon. The king salmon run from late May through the entire month of June. The sockeye salmon also start to run in May and run consistently through mid September. The highlight of the Karluk fishery is the silver salmon run which begins in late August and continues throughout the month of September. There are heavy concentrations of silvers in the river and catches of 15 to 30 salmon per angler per day are recorded on a regular basis. These silvers are large, with many up to 20 pounds. The kings are also good sized ranging from 20 to 40 pounds and some upto 55 pounds.The smaller sockeye are in the 4 to 12 pound range.

Karluk Town

Karluk Mouth- Fishing InternationalThe end of the Karluk River before it dumps into the ocean is a long tidal lagoon from which a lot of the fishing is done by boat. Anchoring and casting to schools of concentrated fish in the lagoon produces phenomenal results. You can also wade and cast from shore. On the dropping tides great fishing can be had by wading at the mouth of the lagoon. It is really something to see the fish surging in from the sea at this time. At the other end of the lagoon where the Karluk River enters you may wade from pool to pool fishing for salmon and large Dolly Varden up to 10 pounds. The Indian village of Karluk sets along the tidal lagoon and buildings are along both sides.

NEW LODGE BUILDING – modern with river views

This is a 4 Bedroom home with 2 baths – it can sleep 8, better with 6.   It is in town which straddles the lower Karluk River.

SILVER SALMON – “Coho” ….. incredible run starts late August into beginning of October.



Small King – “Chinook” … starts in June into July

Karluk Chinook

Nice Sockeye – “Red” …… comes in with King Salmon

SockeyeThe very small village is dominated by the beautiful old Russian church that sits on the high bank at the end of the lagoon overlooking the sea. A small air strip is between the church and the village and is were your charter will land when you arrive in Karluk. You can often see bear along the lagoon and occasionally you’ll see Sitka deer on the beach. Also on the beach is one remaining cannery building, the last of the many that stretched all along the beach at the mouth of the river.

Karluk Village - Fishing Internationaal

Littleton Gang …. see video




Alaska Travel Arrangements

Fly from your home city to Kodiak, Alaska. Kodiak is regularly serviced by commercial jet from Anchorage.

Overnight Requirement

An overnight in the colorful fishing village of Kodiak is usually required. There is a comfortable hotel near the airport, The Buskin River Inn and a couple others downtown. Fishing International can make these advance reservations for all parties.


SEASONS – Run Times

June – July 8: Heavy run of Chinook (king) salmon as well as Sockeyes (reds).

July 9 – August 20: Kings (late), Sockeyes, Pinks, Chums, Trout, Silvers (early).

August 21 – early October: Awesome Coho (silver) run, some Sockeyes, Steelhead.


Charter Information

The native village of Karluk is reached only by air, a thirty minute flight. Fishing International can handle all plane reservations. All flights to Karluk depart from Kodiak.

Arrival Information

Guests are greeted at the Karluk Airfield by camp operators and transferred to the lodge by vehicle.

License requirement

A 5 day Alaska Sport Fishing License is required, and must be purchased prior to arrival at Karluk.

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Trip Rates

Example Rates – subject to change by operator

5 days fishing, 5 nights accommodations is typical stay – make up your own !

June – July 8

Heavy run of king salmon as well as sockeyes.

$2,100.00 per week….. 5 days fishing

NOTE:  Land Use Fee – another $100


– Summer Special: –

July 9 – August 20

Kings (late period), sockeyes, pinks, chums, trout, silvers (early period).

$1,950.00 per week…..  5 days

NOTE:  Land Use Fee – another $100


August 21 – September

An awesome coho (silver) run, plus sockeyes and some steelhead.

Note – September fills fast.

$2,100.00 per week 5 days ….. or average $420/day – 6 days @ $2500 *

NOTE:  Land Use Fee – another $100

Rate Includes: 5 days fishing, 5 nights accommodations, All meals, Boat, motor, fuel when need, Guiding to acquaint anglers with the river, Round trip ground transfers between Lodging and local air strip.

Not Included: Flights to and from Karluk air strip (usually from Kodiak), Tackle, Liquor or beer, fishing license, and items of a personal nature.


* You can make up your own package if there is availability.

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