Alaska fishing opportunities abound at Bearclaw Lodge in Bristol Bay. Located on the shores of Lake Aleknagik, this Bristol Bay lodge offers freshwater fishing in the rivers, lakes and creeks within the productive Wood River system, as well as epic flyouts to the Nushagak River to target king, chum and silver salmon. From fishing resident species like rainbow trout and Arctic grayling on dry flies on the Agulowak River, to multi-day flyouts for king salmon on the Nushagak River, to tributary hikes throughout the system to target char, trout and grayling, this Alaska fishing lodge offers awesome Alaska fishing packages all summer long.
The season kicks off in mid-June with anglers targeting Arctic char, rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, northern pike, as well as king, chum and sockeye salmon. Three of the highlights in this time period are targeting large Arctic char on smolt patterns at the mouth of the Agulowak River, catching sockeye salmon while wade angling on the mainstem Agulowak, and battling mighty king salmon on the Nushagak River. Bearclaw Lodge is able to offer varied Alaska fishing packages because they have multiple locations that offer Bristol Bay fishing; Bearclaw Lodge on Lake Aleknagik and Alaska Kingfishers on the lower Nushagak River, which is primarily a king salmon camp.
One of the interesting and special elements of the Bearclaw Lodge fishing program is the ability to hike and wade fish many different creeks in the system. Some require an arduous hike of up to five miles, while others are easily conquered after a mild one-mile excursion. These trips combine stunning scenery, an ability to see a diversity of fisheries, and the ability to wade and angle to some of Alaska’s most beautiful fish.
By the third week in July, anglers visiting Bearclaw Lodge will be treated to the season’s best dry fly fishing for Arctic grayling and rainbow trout. Last year’s salmon carcasses are gone, smolt have migrated out and are heading to the sea, and this year’s sockeye have not started to drop eggs. This is a special time in Alaska when resident fish are looking up. In addition to dries, including mice, streamers and nymphs are effective.
By the beginning of August, Bearclaw Lodge’s Alaska fishing program continues to include targeting resident fish which include rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, and Arctic grayling on dries, streamers, nymphs and now beads, and broadens to include silver salmon on the menu. Silvers are acrobatic, hard-fighting salmon, and can be caught using spinners, spoons, jigs and streamers. The season ends for this Bristol Bay fishing lodge as resident fish are mostly caught on bead patterns and silver salmon can still be caught on lures and flies. You can check out our blog to find more up to date fishing reports.
A typical day begins with breakfast at 8 am, departing by 8:30 am, fishing all day and enjoying lunch on the water, and returning back to the lodge by 5:30 pm for appetizers with dinner being served about 6:30 pm.