Southcentral run timing chart Print

on4Below is a general table of when certain species of fish arrive. Early season (e.g. April and May) is always difficult to predict since the weather, severity of winter, and a number of other factors affect Dolly Varden, Cutthroat, and Grayling availability. Salmon tend to be more consistent in their return times and are rarely off more than a week.

The key to understanding flyfishing in most of Alaska is to understand the behavior of anadromous fish. Anadromous fish spend the majority of their life at sea and are only accessible to anglers for a limited time when they return to freshwater streams. In short, timing is everything.

These run-timing tables indicate the presence of fish in the area but do not indicate the legal fishing season. Some areas may be closed so be sure to check a current regulation summary before planning your trip.

P = PRIME FISHING

A = AVAILABLE

X = NOT AVAILABLE

 FOR NORTHERN LAKES, YUKON RIVER DRAINAGES:

WHAT/WHEN  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEPT  OCT 
 KING  XXXX XXXX  XXXA AAAA AXXX  XXXX  XXXX 
 COHO  XXXX XXXX  XXXX  XXXX  XXXX  AAAP  PPPP 
 CHUM  XXXX XXXX  XXXA  AAAA  AAAA  XXXX  AAAA 
 RAINBOW TROUT AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  APPP  PPPP  PPPP  AAAA 
 DOLLY VARDEN AAAA  AAAA  APPP  PPPP  PPPP  PPPA  AAAA 
 LAKE TROUT AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  AAAA 
 NORTHERN PIKE AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  AAAA  AAAA 
 GRAYLING AAAA  AAAA  APPP  PPPP  PPPP  PPPA  AAAA 
 SHEEFISH AAAA  AAAA  PPPP  PPPP  PPPP  PPPP  AAAA 

 

 

FOR SOUTHERN LAKES, COOK INLET / COPPER RIVER DRAINAGES:

WHAT/WHEN APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEPT
OCT
KING
XXXA
AAAA
PPPP
PPPP
PPAA
XXXX
XXXX
COHO
XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
XAAA
PPPP
PAAA
XXXX
SOCKEYE
XXXX
XXXX
XAAA PPPP
PPPA
AAAA
AXXX
CHUM
XXXX
XXXX
XXXA
AAPP
PPPA
AXXX
XXXX
PINK
XXXX
XXXX
XXXA
AAPP
PPAA
XXXX
XXXX
RAINBOW TROUT
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAP PPPP
PPPP
PPPP
DOLLY VARDEN
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAP PPPP
PPPP
PPPP
LAKE TROUT
AAAA
APPP
PPPA AAAA
AAAP
PPPP
PPPP
NORTHERN PIKE
AAAA
APPP PPPA
AAAA
AAAP
PPPP
PPPP
GRAYLING
APPP
PPPP
PPPA
AAAA
APPP
PPPP
PPPA