The Alagnak River
The Alagnak River meanders
67 miles from the two
lakes on the northern end of the Katmai National Preserve to Bristol Bay. The Alagnak
river is properly designated as wild and scenic by the National Park Service. You will
share the river with many bear, moose, beavers, bald eagles, and other indigenous
wildlife. There are no roads to the Alagnak River, everyone and everything flies in on
The fresh tidal
waters of the Alagnak River, just a few miles from Bristol Bay, offer some of the
best salmon fishing in Alaska, with all five species of Pacific salmon passing through as
they begin their journey upstream.
Chrome-bright salmon will
stage for days in the
tidal waters of the river while acclimatizing to their new freshwater environment and
contemplating the migration upstream. Each tide brings a fresh batch of fish, full of
energy for their upcoming journey.
If you had to design a river perfect for fly-fishing, you couldn't do much
better than to copy the Alagnak River. In the lower stretches the river is wide enough to
give the biggest kings plenty of room to make spectacular long runs, and has numerous
sandbars perfect for the fly-fisherman who likes to get out of the boat and wade the
river. The combination of shallow and deep water is ideal; in the clear water of the
Alagnak River you can expect to see schools of silver and chum salmon holding on the edge
of shallow sandbars, while the larger kings can be found holding in the deeper channels.
to the area of the river known as the "braids", and
see the river
transformation. As the
river breaks up into hundreds of smaller channels, gravel beds provide
spawning areas for the salmon, and
again, wading opportunities are numerous. Crystal clear water adds to your fishing
Few rivers compare to
the Alagnak for such a diversity of
opportunities, from all 5 species of salmon, to
rainbows, to grayling, to northern pike, all accessible by boat from the Alagnak Lodge.