Fishing in the Preserve

The Yukon River is a brown, silt-laden river in the summer. Therefore, anglers will find the best fishing areas are at the mouths of or up the clear-flowing tributaries of the Yukon. The main tributaries in the preserve are the Tatonduk, Nation, Kandik, and Charley Rivers. Some species commonly caught in the preserve are arctic grayling, northern pike, sheefish, burbot, and whitefish. Other species found in this area, but rarely caught are arctic lamprey, least cisco, arctic cisco, Dolly Varden, lake chub, longnose suckers, and slimy sculpin.


Sport and subsistence fishing are permitted in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. You must follow state and federal fishing regulations. For regulation booklets and general information, visit, call, go online, or write to state and federal agency offices. For state regulations, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game home page at Sport fishing licenses may be purchased at a local license vendor in Eagle, by mail from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25525, Juneau, AK 99802-5525, or online at For more information call toll free (877) 9FISHAK.


Float Plan

For the safety of visitors, it is recommended to file a voluntary float plan with the preserve and a friend or family member.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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