Arctic Char are often confused with a closely related species the Dolly Varden, and are an aggressive fish during certain times of the year. In Alaska, all known populations of Arctic char appear to spend their entire lives in lakes and do not migrate to the ocean.
Karluk Lake and River are home to a thriving population of Arctic Char, fishing the shores of the lake in the spring and fall for these fish is enjoyed equally by the novice fisherman to the elite fly angler. Arctic Char range in size from 2 to 10 pounds on average.
These aggressive fish are a highly sought after species by all anglers throughout Alaska. Dolly Varden can reach up to 30″ long and can weigh up to 25 pounds.
Dollies are a fun fish to catch, especially on really light tackle. Streamer flies, salmon eggs and dry flies work well and when they are hungry, they are an extremely aggressive fish and will hit a variety of flies. Dolly Varden can be targeted along the shore of the lake, at any of the tributaries, and the upper Karluk River.