Nushagak fishing—With a historic average of 100,000 king salmon returning each year, the Nushagak River is home to the world’s largest wild king salmon run! The Nushagak River in Alaska also boasts major runs of sockeye, coho, chum and humpy salmon along with northern pike, Arctic char, and grayling. Our guided boat fishermen have averaged over a dozen landed king salmon per person per day in the past on our remote river that sees minimal pressure! This is the best king salmon fishing in the world! There is literally no place better for king fishing, and they get pretty big. A 30-pound king is a thrill to catch and ensures an incredible story to tell.
The mighty silver salmon, also called coho, is one of the best pound-for-pound fighting salmon. These acrobatic fish range from 8 to 15 pounds on the Nushagak. It’s not uncommon to land 10 to 30 silvers per person per day. The later you come for silvers the better. Five species of Alaska salmon (Pacific salmon) spawn into the Nushagak River: king salmon (Chinook), silver salmon (coho), red salmon (sockeye), dog salmon (chum) and pink salmon (humpy) on even-numbered years.
Whether you are coming to fish primarily for kings or silvers on the Nushagak, we provide our guests between 8 and 10 hours of guided fishing daily. On the first day guests begin to arrive in camp starting at 8:30 AM. As soon as you are through orientation and settled in, we get you out on the water to fish until 6 pm. The next three days your fishing schedule starts with our guides in their boats ready to depart at 8 AM returning. Guests take lunch out on the water and stay out until 6 PM to maximize fishing time. When you return to the lodge you can take photos next to our iconic sign, then the guides will prepare your catch for our freezers while you clean up and have hors d’oeuvres prior to a scrumptious supper. You are welcome to catch and release from our beach in the evenings, hang in the lodge, or sit by our cozy fire pit sharing stories.