Each summer, tens of millions of wild salmon return to spawn in the rivers and streams of the vast Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska. These salmon return nutrients that allow the ecosystem to support healthy populations of other fish and wildlife species, making the Bristol Bay watershed a “sportman’s paradise.”

ALASKA WILDERNESS FISHING  |  World’s Largest Salmon Runs

Even in Bristol Bay, the Alagnak River is unusual in that it hosts strong runs of all five species of pacific salmon. Every serious fisherman should make at least one pilgrimage to Bristol Bay, but be warned, one trip often turns into many, as the fisherman gets hooked!



THE ALAGNAK RIVER  |  Alaska Wilderness Fishing

The Alagnak River has long been renowned as one of the finest sport fishing rivers in Alaska, and is home to strong runs of all five species of pacific salmon, which is unusual even in Alaska.

For much of our summer season there are two or three species of salmon in the river at one time. Most of our salmon fishing takes place within a ten minute boat ride of the lodge either downriver or upriver, our location for salmon fishing is ideal, we don’t waste time traveling to the fish.

The five species of salmon add a lot of variety to the fishery. King salmon prefer to stay in the deeper water, and most of the king fishing takes place from the boat using a variety of techniques and either gear or fly. The other salmon will run the edges of the many sandbars or stay close to the banks, and are targeted mostly with fly but also spinning gear. There are many opportunities to wade if that is your preference.



“Could not have selected a better place for my first trip to Alaska. The fishing was great, many, many chum, some very large rainbows; on the flyout to Big Creek many dollys, grayling and rainbows. Ken, my guide for the week always put us on the fish. Sometimes I wished he hook them for me. The staff were the best. Thanks to all for a wonderful trip. Weather-not one day of rain. Is it always this way?”
Robert from PA