Located in Southwest Alaska


Mulchatna River Fishing:

The Muchatna river is a tributary of the Nushagak River and is considered among one of the top fisheries in the region. The river can only be accessed by a plane with the put in at Turquoise Lake and the nearest take out 80 miles away. This is a true anglers paradise with virtually no competition for the five species of salmon that inhibit the Mulchatna.

The Mulchatna also offers opportunities for Arctic Char, Grayling, and Northern Pike.  Trips can be booked out of Anchorage, Alaska.


Salmonoid Species:


Chinook Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Chinook (King Salmon)

Silver Salmon

Oncorhynchus kisutch

Coho (Silver Salmon)

Sockeye (Red) Salmon

Oncorhynchus nerka

Sockeye (Red Salmon)

Pink (Humpy) Salmon

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Pink (Humpy Salmon)

Chum (Dog) Salmon

Oncorhynchus keta

Chum (Dog Salmon)


When to Fish

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All the information found on this Nushagak River fishing calendar is based on data compiled by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, NOAA as well as other organizations. The Lunker’s Guide not responsible for the quality of this information, as these numbers are estimates provided by the best possible sources available.

**For sports fishing seasons please refer to the ADFG fishing regulation pamphlet.   



Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2 King Salmon over 20″ per day with an annual limit of 4 Kings over 20″.  Other Salmon species 5 per day allowed.

King salmon limits:
• 20 inches or longer:
• 2 per day, 2 in possession, only 1 over 28 inches.
• After taking a bag limit of king salmon 20 inches or longer from the Nushagak/
Mulchatna River drainage, a person may only use unbaited artificial lures or flies
with one single-hook, in the Nushagak/Mulchatna River drainage for the remainder
of the day.
• There is an annual limit of 4 king salmon over 20 inches taken from the entire
Nushagak/Mulchatna drainage.
• All harvested king salmon 20 inches or longer must be recorded. See page 5 for
recording instructions.
• Less than 20 inches: 5 per day 5 in possession

• 5 per day, 5 in possession.


**See Alaska Department of Fish and Game REGS for exact limits.



Required Tackle:

Only one single-hook artificial lure or fly, or one single-hook may be used May 1–July 31.


Herring, Eggs


Herring, Eggs


Tackle & Technique Tips:
Boat: Primary techniques used are trolling plugs, side drifting eggs or back bouncing off the bottom.
Bank: Drifting Roe, throwing hardware like spoons or spinners, twitching jigs, drifting beads or corky and yarn. 
Flyfishing: Stripping streamers, nymphing, and swinging.


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