Best Fishing Charter Service in Talkeetna, Alaska


Alaska Fishing Season Chart
Alaska Fishing Season Chart

Fishing Calendar

Fish Species by Season
(Dates subject to change due to weather variations)

Our rivers are host to five species of Pacific Salmon, as well as Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, and Grayling. Generally, you can expect to find the following species available during the periods listed.

King (Chinook) Salmon
June 1st – July 13th
Peak: June 1st – June 15th Deshka River &
June 20th – July 13th Talkeetna River

Red (Sockeye) Salmon
July 20th – August 20th

Silver (Coho) Salmon
August 1st – Sept 5th
Peak: August 5th – 25th, Talkeetna River

Pink (Humpy) Salmon
July 20th – August 10th

Chum (Dog) Salmon
July 20th – August 20th

Rainbow Trout & Dolly Varden
May 15th -June 10th & Sept 15th – Oct 5th
Peak: Sept 25th- Freeze Up

Arctic Grayling
May 15th -June 10th & Sept 15th – Oct 5th
Alaska Fishing Season Chart
What to Bring
What to Bring when fishing with Tri-River Charters

What to Bring

  Food and drinks for the day - no hard alcohol
  Camera - we often see wildlife on our charters
  Rain gear - even if it looks nice, bring it along
  Sunglasses - the glare off the water can be intense.
     (Polarized glasses are recommended)
  Fishing license/ King Stamp
  Good luck - we can assist you in this department

We supply these items:

  Fast, safe, late model sport fishing boats
  Friendly, experienced Captains
  Top quality fishing tackle:

    >  Open faced spinning gear
    >  High quality line
    >  Hip Waders
    >  Fly rods available upon request

  All bait and lures (no bait is used during King season)
  Fish filleting and packaging
  All instruction necessary to catch fish.
  Vacuum sealing freezing and shipping available.

Alaska law requires fishermen to have a license.  A king stamp is required during King Season  Get Alaska Fishing LIcense >>


What to Bring when fishing with Tri-River Charters
Local Favorites
Local Favorites
Local Favorites
Online License
Online License with State of Alaska Fish and Game
Online License with State of Alaska Fish and Game
Helpful Information
Helpful Information

Things to Do

Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours

Go ice fishing, hike glaciers, visit peaks, see Northern lights and wildlife on your own Alaskan guided ATV and snowmobile tour. Ride with the experts at Alaska Backcountry Aventure Tours.

Alaska Kayak Academy

Alaska Kayak Academy provides all types of kayak adventure opportunities. With a rental location on Wasilla Lake, they run lake, white water river, and ocean kayaking trips along with providing kayak rentals for do-it-yourself adventures right on Wasilla lake. They are located in a very close and easily accessible area for guests on our fishing charters who would like to experience more of Alaska after a day of fishing.
(07) 746-6600 or toll free 877-215-6600

Alaska State Fair

The Alaska State Fair runs from late August through Labor Day Weekend in the Matanuska Susitna Valley near Palmer. Check out this website to learn more about events, featured entertainment, athletic competitions, and agricultural exhibits.
(907) 745-4827

Alaskan Bicycle Adventures

This past season some of our fishing guests came to Alaska to pedal a multi-day bicycling tour. Alaska Bicycle Adventures is the real deal with several tours to choose from, quality bicycles, support vans, and trailers. They run several different tours in Alaska and Northern Canada. 800-770-7242 (toll free)
(907) 243-2329

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

The source for information about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, dogs, mushers, and dog mushing history. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters and Museum is located near Wasilla off of Knik-Goose Bay Road.
(907) 376-5155

Lifetime Adventures

Lifetime Adventures provide active adventures including wilderness bicycling, river rafting, kayaking, and camping tours. They operate from 2 locations close to Anchorage in the Eklutna Lake State Recreation Site and from Eagle River Campground. 800-952-8624 (toll free)
(907) 746-4644

Nova - Alaska Adventure Travel Company

Nova guides whitewater rafting and wilderness travel tours. Several of our guests have taken and recommended Nova's raft trips down the scenic Matanuska River Vallley - some of which start within sight of the Matanuska Glacier.
(800) 746-5753

The Musk Ox Farm

View and photograph this unique animal of the last great Ice Age. Located 10 minutes from downtown Palmer in the Matanuska Valley.
(907) 745-4151

The Reindeer Farm

Located near scenic Palmer, Alaska, the reindeer farm offers a variety of enjoyable Alaskan activities, including reindeer tours, a gift shop, horse rides, and nearby hiking trails.
(907) 745-4000

Alaska RV Parks and Campgrounds

Deshka Landing

Deshka Landing in Willow Alaska on the east bank of the Susitna River provides the primary access point for reaching Deshka River, and the lower Susitna River and Yentna River drainages. When we guide salmon fishing trips to Deshka River we start nearly all of those trips from Deshka Landing boat launch. The Landing has a large parking lot and boat launches are the primary summer business, however, there is a small campground located inside the landing gates in conjunction with Deshka Landing Lodge, and in addition, Riverside boat launch / campground is located just outside the Deshka Landing gate in addition to Eagle Quest Cabins and Lodge which provides both summer and winter lodging near the landing. For summer boat launching and winter parking and access information and rates for Deshka Landing visit their website before you phone, as the website is available 24 hours per day 7 days per week, while office hours at the landing are variable depending upon conditions and the season.

Mat-Su RV Park and Campground

Located at mile 90.8 on the Parks Highway this RV park is less than 10 miles from Susitna Landing, our departure point for many of our Susitna River tributary salmon fishing trips. The park has a general store, laundromat, showers, fishing tackle shop, serves as a weigh station for the Mat-Su King Salmon Derby, and is recommended by Fishtale guests. Hosts Roger and Connie Dunn.
(907) 495-6300

Mountain View RV Park

Mountain View RV Park is located off the Old Glenn Highway beneath the Chugach Mountains near Palmer, Alaska. This is a quiet location that features full hookups, hot showers, laundry, and a covered picnic area with a fire pit. The park is close to the Reindeer Farm, Knik River, and Knik Glacier, with good salmon fishing also available at Jim Creek. Dee Starr is a wonderful hostess.
(907) 745-5747

Riverside Camper Park

Located at mile 57.7 Parks Highway in Houston Alaska, alongside the Little Susitna River, this RV Park has 60 full hookup sites, showers and laundry, ice, sodas, and snacks, and a post office, grocery store, and service station nearby. There is shore fishing for salmon available at the park with guided charters and riverboat drop off fishing further down the river and on other local rivers. Hosts Kenny and Sheila Mortensen.
(907) 892-9020

Susitna Landing Campground and Boat Launch

Susitna Landing Campground and Boat Launch is located at Kashwitna River's confluence with the Sustina River. This is one of the 3 boat launches we use to access our guided Alaska salmon fishing trips, and this beautiful campground right near the boat launch allows guests to enjoy the beauty of Alaska and save driving time for our guided fishing trips. King salmon, silver salmon, chum salmon, pink salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, and Arctic grayling can be caught both from our boat and off the bank near the campground. Host Jeff Boatright take great pride in providing an enjoyable camping experience. Campsites with electrical hookups available, along with dry campsites, firewood, showers, boat launching and mooring facilities, and up to date information. Just around the corner from the campground is a gorgeous view of Mount Mckinley / Denali. Visit their website or give them a call for more information.

Helpful Information
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Policy


If cancellation is made less than 48 hours:
No refund will be made.
(If trip was paid for in full, 50% of payment will be refunded.)

If cancellation is made 48 hours or more: 90% of deposit will be returned.
(10% will be retained for a processing fee.)

Cancellation Policy
Tri River Charters is owned by Rhett & Margo Nealis.  We grew up in the great outdoors enjoying hunting and fishing since childhood. We reside year round in Alaska and make our home in the Talkeetna area.
Rhett has been guiding people on great fishing trips for more than 25 years.

Rhett holds a Master US Coast Guard license and was the “Chief Guide” for Mahay’s Riverboat Service in Talkeetna for several years, guiding visitors on fantastic fishing trips through the South Central Region of Alaska.

After Mahay’s discontinued the fishing, Rhett decided he couldn’t give up his love of fishing and sharing it with others.  Phantom Salmon Charters was born, and has recently expanded our business with the acquisition of Tri-River Charters.

The goal of our company is to provide fishing services for those looking for a “GREAT ALASKA” fishing adventure, as well as Drop Off services for the Do-it-yourself person.
We operate two 21 foot Phantom Sport Jet Boats that are covered and heated and four covered Wooldridge boats ranging from 21” to 25” with inboard jet units.  All boats are Coast Guard licensed for 6 passengers and Crew.

We provide you all the equipment you will need.  At the completion of your charter, will also fillet and package your catch, and can arrange for shipping of your fish.
Our mission when you book a trip with us is to provide you the BEST & SAFEST fishing trip you will ever experience.

We take pride in our work & equipment and get so much enjoyment in being a part of someone’s “Alaskan Dream”.  We will be with you the entire time you are on the river to coach and instruct you, and we strive to make your trip the trip of a lifetime.

We feel blessed to live and work in this beautiful place and love to share it with others.


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Tri River Charters is a locally owned, family business offering a quality Alaskan sport fishing charter in the Northern Susitna region of Alaska. Rhett Nealis of Talkeetna is the owner and chief fishing guide, licensed by the Coast Guard and registered with the state of Alaska. Rhett has been guiding fishermen on the Talkeetna, Susitna and Deshka Rivers since 2006. Servicing the Susitna River drainage in South Central Alaska, Tri-River Charters can help you achieve the fishing adventure of a lifetime whether it be chasing trophy Kings, or light tackle rainbows in small rivers and creeks. Let us put our years of experience and intimate knowledge of the area to work for you today.
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