Fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska

Our Picks for the Best Fishing Vacations in Bristol Bay

Angler's Alibi is a "high-end" remote fishing camp that doesn't feel like a typical rustic fishing camp. Tents that feel like a building (carpeted wood floors!), electric perimeter fence and fantastic food prepared by world-class chef. We especially like the low 2:1 guest-to-guide ratio. Their location on the tidewater section of the Alagnak River means great fishing right off the shoreline and the dock. With all this, extremely reasonable prices mean high value, and that's why we awarded it our Editor's Choice.

   Bristol Bay, AK, USA | Fly-in
Guided (Up to 9 hours/day, if that is not enough, we will take guests out after dinner until our 9pm curfew.) | Unguided option | Freshwater | Fly fishing
ALL-INCLUSIVE | Capacity: 12
Per-day fishing from:   US$714.29pp
Bristol Bay, AK, USA
Fly-in
Freshwater
Up to 9 hours/day, if that is not enough, we will take guests out after dinner until our 9pm curfew.
12
US$714.29pp
32 Reviews

fishlodges.com EDITOR'S CHOICE

"This is Alaska the way it used to be. A small group of guests, comfortable tent cabins, fine food, and endless Alaska fishing right outside your door.  more

Becharof Rapids Camp is the only lodge we feature on the Egegik River, which can easily be described as an Alaska fly fishing paradise. The area here is uninhabited, untouched and pristine, and the nearby Becharof Lake, bordering the largest Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, is a veritable "salmon factory". The salmon fishing here is great, it really should be called "catching"—not "fishing". There is very little fishing pressure on the river with only two small camps on the entire drainage. Float Plane access is limited so you will never feel crowded. The limit is a generous five salmon per day, although you may catch and release as much as you like prior to keeping your limit. Your fish will then be vacuum packed for you with their commercial vacuum sealer, and then frozen. The option to smoke some of your fish is also available.

   Bristol Bay, AK, USA | Drive-in
Guided (8 hours/day) | Unguided option | Freshwater | Fly fishing
ALL-INCLUSIVE | Capacity: 12
Per-day fishing from:   US$491.67pp
Bristol Bay, AK, USA
Drive-in
Freshwater
8 hours/day
12
US$491.67pp

Becharof Rapids Camp sits on the bank of the Egegik River on the outlet of Becharof Lake 300 miles south west from Anchorage, in the Bristol Bay region. Becharof Lake is the second largest Lake in Alaska.  more

Situated on one of the most iconic sections of the Alagnak river known as the "Upper Braids", Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is another really remote lodge that provides a whole lot of luxury, and great prices translating into considerable value. The property consists of 160 acres of prime river frontage, so it's guaranteed to be uncrowded. They are only accessible via bush plane, and have their own landing strip.

   Bristol Bay, AK, USA | Fly-in
Guided (8 hours/day) | Unguided option | Freshwater | Fly fishing
ALL-INCLUSIVE | Capacity: 20
Per-day fishing from:   US$415.83pp
Bristol Bay, AK, USA
Fly-in
Freshwater
8 hours/day
20
US$415.83pp
105 Reviews

Situated on the remote banks of the Wild and Scenic Alagnak River; Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is the perfect wilderness fishing retreat. Our lodge consists of 160 acres prime river frontage, located in the most iconic section of the Alagnak known as the Upper Braids.  more

Jake's Nushagak Salmon Camp is all about the fish. Not only are they right on the world-famous Nushagak river, but their whole operation revolves around catching huge numbers of huge King and Silver salmon. Comfortable tents, hearty meals, and that's about it...except for very knowledgable guides and and an "it's YOUR trip" philosophy. With 19 hours of daylight in the summer, you really won't find any place where you can catch more.

   Bristol Bay, AK, USA | Fly-in
Guided (8 hrs/day (avg)) | Unguided option | Freshwater | Fly fishing
ALL-INCLUSIVE | Capacity: 28
Per-day fishing from:   US$250.00pp
Bristol Bay, AK, USA
Fly-in
Freshwater
8 hrs/day (avg)
28
US$250.00pp

There's one reason why over 90% of our anglers return to our Nushagak King Salmon Camp...

They Catch Fish!

A trip to an Alaska Fishing Camp is best when you catch fish. That's what we focus on at Jakes Nushagak Fishing Camp.  more

About Sportfishing in Bristol Bay

Alaska salmon fishingBristol Bay is tucked between the Alaska Peninsula and the most eastern part of the Bering Sea. There are several rivers that flow into the bay that receive populous runs of all five species of salmon: Sockeye (red), Chum, Silver (Coho), King (Chinook) and Pink salmon. The abundance of fish in these waters make Bristol Bay an ideal destination for your Alaska salmon fishing vacation.

The most plentiful salmon species in Bristol Bay is Sockeye salmon. In fact, this salmon fishery holds approximately 46 per cent of the world’s wild Sockeye salmon. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the annual average inshore run of Sockeye in this region was approximately 37.5 million fish between 1990 and 2010. Half of this salmon fishery is from the Nushagak River and Kvichak River watersheds. Both of these rivers are accessible through Alaska fishing lodges.

All five species of salmon can be found on a salt water fishing charter, but most Alaska fishing resorts offer fly fishing opportunities. Your fishing guide can take you to the most productive fishing grounds, depending on the season of your fishing vacation.

Alaska rainbow troutIf you want to land a trophy King salmon, visit from mid-June to mid-July. Chum salmon arrive earlier in June and can be caught through July. This is the best time to fish for Sockeye and Pink salmon as well. Silver salmon arrives a little later in July, but can be caught well into the fall.

The legendary rivers of Bristol Bay also offer rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling and Dolly Varden, though some Alaska fly fishing lodges practice catch and release for these species. It is best to ask about this when you book your Alaska fishing vacation. Salmon, on the other hand, can be caught up to your legal limits, processed, packed and shipped home at your request.

A Natural Treasure to Preserve

Vibrant blue inlets, fish-rich rivers and thick green forests lie before a dramatic, mountainous backdrop. The scenery at Bristol Bay will take your breath away.

Katmai National ParkPreserving this remarkable wilderness is an important part of the culture here. Bristol Bay is home to Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest and most remote state park in the United States. The purpose of this 1.6-million-acre park is to protect the area’s fish and wildlife breeding and support systems. Doing this helps preserve the continued use of the area for recreational activities, like sustainable Alaska salmon fishing.

Wood-Tikchik State Park has over 12 lakes that take up over 1,000 acres, rivers up to 60 miles long and mountains reaching over 5,000 feet above sea level. Wood-Tikchik offers some of the finest sport fishing in Alaska among other outdoor activities including canoeing, kayaking, hiking and snowmobiling in the winter.

Katmai National Park and Preserve is also located in the area. This park is named after Mount Katmai, a volcano located in the park’s centre, and was established to protect this volcanically devastated region. Katmai National Park and Preserve is home to 18 volcanos, seven of which have been active since 1900, and the famous Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. The park also protects important habitat for salmon and thousands of Alaska brown bears.

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