Fishing on Bristol Bay, Alaska

Fishing on Bristol Bay, Alaska
Bristol Bay, Alaska, is world-renowned for Salmon fishing. The lakes and waterways in the area are also home to Artic Char, Pike and Rainbow Trout. There are many companies to book fishing trips to travel by float plane to enjoy fly fishing or fishing via boat. If you want to be close to the action, book a stay with one of the lodges that provide instant access to world-class fishing.

Nushagak River

The Nushagak River starts in the Alaska Range and flows into an inlet of Bristol Bay named Nushagak Bay. From mid-June to mid-July, the river is most popular because of the King Chinook Salmon run, but the other four species of Pacific salmon (Sockeye, Pink, Coho and Chum ) are also found in the river. Artic Char, Northern Pike and Rainbow Trout also can be hooked in this river as well. Stay at the Nushagak Paradise Lodge or book a trip with an outfitter to fish on this river.

Nushagak River
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Mulchatna River

The Mulchatna joins the Nushagak River just south of the village of Koliganek. The Nushagak then empties into Bristol Bay. The headwaters for this river is Turquoise Lake, part of the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Twenty four of the river's miles are in the National Park and Preserve and are a part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. All five species of Salmon spawn on the Mulchatna. The river is wild and largely undeveloped. Book a trip with an outfitter or you can stay at the Mulchatna Lodge.

Mulchatna River
nps.gov/lacl/planyourvisit/fishing.htm

Naknek River

The Naknek River is 35 miles long in the borough of Bristol Bay. This clear water river, in Katmai National Park, is home to five species of salmon and rainbow trout. It is estimated that 28% of the harvested King Salmon in southwestern Alaska comes from this river. Boats or float planes are needed to access the best fishing on this river system. Expect to see bears nearby, who frequent Brooks River to dine on salmon.

Naknek River
www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Static/Region2/pdfpubs/NaknekRiver.pdf

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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