The Bristol Bay region is know for having the largest run of sockeye salmon of any place else in the world and most of the best locations for rainbow trout. Between June and mid-September our crystal clear streams and rivers abound with a variety of species of fish. Most of our fishing is easily accessible by boat on the Wood River system. A large part of the Wood River system is located within the boundaries of the Wood-Tikchik State Park and consists of five interconnected lakes surrounded by the magnificent Wood River Mountains with hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline. Most of our fishing is concentrated on the lower two lakes focusing on small tributaries and connecting rivers. Two rivers of significance are the Agulowak and the Agulukpak Rivers, known for the best dry fly fishing in the state for rainbow trout and grayling. Over 1.5 million sockeye salmon (red salmon) from 6-10 pounds make their way up the Wood River system swimming right past the lodge each summer providing some of the best sockeye fishing in Alaska. (click here for the best times to fish)
We also have a tent camp on the Nushagak River which is mainly known for the King salmon runs but has all five species of Pacific salmon as well as rainbow trout and pike. Our main interest is the King salmon which have typical runs exceeding 100,000 fish each season. The King salmon range between 15 and 30 pounds with fish over 50 pounds not uncommon.
Activities at Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge:
Alaska's Bearclaw Lodge offers many opportunities to enjoy not only world-class fishing, but also the activities, friendships, and moments of solitude which will make your trip the experience of a lifetime. Owners Rob and Lisa Fuentes provide the attention to detail and quality service one would expect at an exceptional resort.
Wildlife Viewing: Bear, moose, caribou, beaver, otter, eagles, osprey, and waterfowl are our companions on the streams and rivers we fish.
Exploring: Explore the remote area around Bearclaw Lodge by kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, and canoeing.
Relaxing: Relax amid the spellbinding aura of this majestic area; the stillness and tranquility await you.