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Explore Fish & Fishing in Lake Clark

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Fisherman with waders standing with fishing pole in lake with mountains in background
Duration Full Day
Topic(s) Fish, Coasts, Islands and Atolls, Industry, Maritime, Ships and Shipwrecks, Oceans, Transportation, Watersheds, Animals, Lakes, Native American Heritage, Scenic Views, Headwaters
Activities Museum Exhibits, Fishing
Type Kid Friendly, Relaxed, Solitary/Remote, Educational, Indoors, Outdoors
Parks Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
Organizations National Register of Historic Places Program

When it is time to spawn, sockeye salmon turn from silver to a bright red color with a green head, as seen here underwater.

Lake Clark provides excellent fishing opportunities for adventurous anglers. The park and preserve includes some of the most pristine fishery habitats in the National Park system. In fact, one of the original purposes in the founding legislation is preservation of the watershed for the perpetuation of the sockeye salmon fishery.

Explore the rich history associated with fishing in the Lake Clark, Port Alsworth area by visiting one of the several museum exhibits available on the subject and gain a new appreciation for these well-stocked waters.

This fishing season runs primarily from May through October. Lakes may not be ice free until June. Ice fishing is also a popular activity in winters when the lakes freeze. The National Park Service and the State of Alaska cooperatively manage the fish in Lake Clark; therefore, you must possess all required Alaska state fishing licenses and tags, and you must comply with State of Alaska fishing regulations.

Things To Do at Lake Clark
  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Discover Bristol Bay Fishing History

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Age: 5 and Older
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Port Alsworth, Alaska
    • Duration: 5–45 Minutes
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    A large wooden boat sits with the number 23 painted on it.

    Explore a sailboat that spent more than 60 years on Bristol Bay waters during the heyday of Alaska's commercial salmon fishery.

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  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    See the Wassillie Trefon Dena'ina Fish Cache

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Age: 5 and Older
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Port Alsworth, Alaska
    • Duration: 5–45 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    a wooden structure with a small door on stilts in winter

    The Wassillie Trefon Fish Cache is the last best example of the traditional Dena'ina Athabascan fish cache in the Lake Clark-Iliamna area. It is also very likely to be the best example of a southwestern Alaska Native log cache in the entire Bristol Bay region.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Age: 5 and Older
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Port Alsworth, Alaska
    • Duration: 5–45 Minutes
    • Season: Summer
    • Time of Day: Day
    inside of the Port Alsworth Visitor Center showing various exhibits

    The Kvichak watershed which is fed by Lake Clark and runs into Bristol Bay, is one of the world's most productive spawning and rearing habitats for sockeye salmon. Lake Clark protects clean cold water within these spawning grounds. The NPS works alongside subsistence users, councils, and the State of Alaska to steward these special waters which help sustain the economy and the culture of Alaska. Visit the Port Alsworth Visitor Center to learn more about this special resource.

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  • Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Go Fishing on Lake Clark

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Fishing
    • Age: 10 and Older
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Lake Clark, Alaska
    • Duration: 2–8 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Night, Dawn, Dusk
    3 people wearing PFDs ride in a boat from the shore of Port Alsworth

    Lake Clark provides excellent fishing opportunities for adventurous anglers. The park and preserve includes some of the most pristine fishery habitats in the National Park system. Fly or boat out from Port Alsworth onto Lake Clark, where incredible fishing awaits.

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Last updated: September 17, 2019