Member &

​former President


Katmai Guide Service

about us

Alaska's Premier Outfitter since 1976

Joe Klutsch:

What distinguishes me, my wife Carol and my son Joey is that we are year round residents of the Bristol Bay region for over 40 years. We do not base our operations in Seattle, Portland, Michigan, or wherever else. We really live here, understand and care about the resource and want to see it preserved for future generations.

I founded my business, Katmai Guide Service, in 1976, back when there were almost no other lodges in the area. I have been guiding fishermen and hunters ever since.  I truly enjoy the opportunity for every future season as does my son.  It is my goal to give you the best experience possible and teach you and your family about our amazing area and way of life.

Joey Klutsch:


I grew up on the Naknek River and have spent my entire life fishing, hunting, trapping and guiding in Bristol Bay area and all across Alaska. I grew up in the guiding profession working alongside my dad, Joe Klutsch where I continue to work to this day.  I live in King Slamon year round with my wife Crystale and our two Malamutes, where I guide fishing trips in the summer months and hunting trips in the spring and fall. 

Upon Turning 18 qualified for my Assistant Guide License and by 2007 I had earned my Registered Guide License (RG 1277).  I am also fully licensed with the US Coast Guard, having a 25 Gross Ton OUPV. Throughout the years I have been privileged enough to guide for many species alongside some of the finest guides in the profession all across Alaska, including the Brooks Range,  Kodiak Island,  and of course the Alaska Peninsula which I call home. 

After spending my entire life in the area as a full time guiding professional, I guarantee that I am the most qualified person to show you the area and make your fishing and wildlife viewing experience the best that it can be!