A Unique Experience
Brooks River offers tremendous fishing opportunities for rainbow trout, arctic char, and salmon. Its run of sockeye salmon, in particular, also attract one of the greatest gatherings of brown bears on earth. No matter when you visit, fishing the Brooks River requires extra care and responsibility to protect people, wildlife, and the experience.
Fishing In Bear Country
The sheer number of bears, their movements, and behaviors influence most activities at Brooks Camp. The waters of Katmai are a challenging and rewarding place to fish. A splashing fish sounds like food to a bear. Bears will often move in your direction to investigate a fish on a line. Always be prepared to cut or break your line, so that you can free the fish and move out of the water until the bear passes. Never let a bear acquire a fish from you.
Fishing Regulations for the Brooks River Drainage
The following is a brief summary of special fishing regulations for the Brooks River. Other state and federal fishing regulations may apply.
Fishing Closure at Brooks Falls
From June 15 through August 15, no person may enter the area within 50 yards of the river within 100 yards of Brooks Falls. Use the designated detours around the closure. These routes are marked with orange flagging tape. Fishing is prohibited within 100 yards of Brooks Falls year-round. Please refer to the map below for the approximate location of the detours around Brooks Falls.
Brooks River Permits Pilot Program
Katmai National Park us piloting a permit system for the Brooks River Corridor (within the Brooks Camp Developed Area). This corridor includes the river itself and 50 yards from the water's edge on either side along the banks of the river from the Lake Brooks inlet downstream to the elevated bridge and boardwalk. This does not include graveled roads and trails, boardwalks, or wildlife viewing platforms. Permits will be needed for any activities within the Brooks River Corridor, with the exception of redfish fishery substance activities, from June 15 until October 31. Each permit will be valid for 7 days with a maximum group size of 6 individuals. Permits are free but there is a $6 booking fee that will be charged. Commercial Users and Visitors will be able to obtain permits before arriving to the Brooks River on www.recreation.gov. See the official press release and justification to learn more.
Last updated: May 15, 2023