Location For the Best Bristol Bay Fishing

Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge sits on the shores of Lake Aleknagik in the renowned Bristol Bay area of Alaska. 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. A remote lakefront location, 350 miles southwest of Anchorage and 35 miles northwest of Dillingham, Bearclaw lodge can only be reached by boat or floatplane. Once here, you will have access to all five lakes in the 1.6 million acre Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in the U.S.

The breathtaking landscape of forest, mountain and tundra also supports a diverse population of wildlife including brown bear, moose, caribou, eagle, waterfowl and other migratory birds.

Bearclaw Lodge is located on Lake Aleknagik, on a peninsula near Jackknife Mountain on a 13-acre parcel. It is approximately a 15-mile boat ride from the road-accessible boat launch on Lake Aleknagik. It is also located about 10 miles from the mouth of the Agulowak River, making it easy and fast to get to some of the best rainbow trout and Arctic grayling fishing in the 1.6 million acre Wood-Tikchik system. This location allows anglers to enjoy a wide range of Bristol Bay fishing options, from drift fishing the Agulowak River, to tributary hikes on Lake Aleknagik and Lake Nerka, flyouts to the Nushagak and Agulukpak, and multi-species trips to the Wood River. Here’s a breakdown on how to get there:

  • Beginning at your home airport, your first destination in planning your trip to Alaska is in Anchorage.

  • Once in Anchorage, you will take an hour-long plane ride to Dillingham aboard Alaska Airlines or Ravn Alaska and arrive to our Bristol Bay lodge on Sunday evening.

  • You will be met at the Dillingham airport by lodge staff.

  • After loading your luggage into a lodge van, you will be driven about 20 miles to the boat launch on Lake Aleknagik.

  • Gear and clients will be taken to the lodge site, which is about 15 miles from the boat launch, in a covered and comfortable boat.

  • After enjoying 5 days of Bristol Bay fishing, guests depart the lodge on Saturday morning.

  • Plan on arriving in Dillingham between noon and 7:30 pm on arrival day and leave Dillingham after 10 am on departure day.

Bristol Bay Location

Our Advantage

Our anglers get the benefits of access to waters that are exclusive and remote, where you will not compete for a spot on the river or participate in “combat fishing.” Anglers can enjoy our fishing program that is diverse and capitalizes on our knowledge of where and when to find the best Bristol Bay fishing. With our extensive variety of water to fish, both spin and fly anglers will find our waters challenging for the advanced anglers yet accommodating for the novice. Above all, our anglers catch fish and enjoy the sport of doing so. To get an idea of what other visitors are catching, check out our Bristol Bay fishing photo gallery.

Bristol Bay Fishing

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