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With over 165,000 King Salmon a year, the Nushagak River is Alaska’s Largest King Salmon run! The Nushagak River in Alaska also boasts major runs of King, Red, Silver, Chum and Pink Salmon along with Northern Pike, Char, Grayling, and Dolly Varden. Fishing Folks who stand elbow to elbow in more accessible waters are lucky to land just one king a day, yet our guided fisherman average over a dozen landed King Salmon per person per day! This is the best King Salmon fishing in the world! The mighty Silver Salmon, Coho, is one of the best pound for pound fighting salmon. These acrobatic fish range from 8 to 18 lbs. Expect to land 10 to 30 Silvers per person per day. Five species of Alaska salmon spawn into the Nushagak River: King Salmon (Chinook), Silver Salmon (Coho), Red Salmon (Sockeye), Chum Salmon and Pink Salmon (humpies, but only on even numbered years).
Alaska King Salmon Fishing
Best months: June & July
Chinook salmon, also known as the king salmon is the monster salmon of the Nushagak River. The Nushagak is world famous for consistently producing the largest Alaskan king salmon runs around. The Nushagak River produces 200,000 King Salmon per year.
Methods for catching king salmon on the Nushagak River are bouncing eggs or trolling plugs. Our fly in trips provide opportunities for casting spinners or catching king salmon on the fly. Nushagak River king salmon average 30 lbs with fish over 40 lbs not uncommon.
Alaska Red Salmon Fishing
Best months: July
Sockeye salmon, also know as reds are the most plentiful fish to spawn in the Nushagak River. With over 500,000 red salmon entering the Nushagak each year the action can be exciting and fast. In 2017, there were 3,000,000 Sockeye that ran past the sonar fish counters.
In 2017, the Limit is 10 Silver Salmon per person per day. The method for catching reds is by fly or spinning rods. Alaskan Red Salmon average 6 to 12 lbs.
Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing
Best months: July & August
Coho salmon, also known as Silvers are one of the favorites on the Nushagak River. Silver salmon hit hard, rip line and put on an acrobatic show. The Limit is 10 Silver Salmon per person per day and the action can be incredible.
Methods on the Nushagak River are drifting flies, casting spinners, bouncing eggs or trolling plugs. Our fly-in trips also offer many opportunities for fishing silvers on the fly. Alaskan Silver salmon average 8 to 14 pounds with the occasional fish pushing 20 pounds.
Alaska Rainbow Trout Fishing
Best months: June through October
Alaskan rainbow trout are very prevalent in the upper Nushagak River where they are feasting on the salmon roe.. Fly fishing for native & wild trout may not get any better. Fall time is the favorite time to catch these beautiful fish but they are available all summer.
Most commonly used flies are salmon flesh, eggs, sculpins & leeches. Trout average over 18” inches and some fish over 30” inches. We also partner with trophy rainbow lodges on other rivers.