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Bristol Bay Lodge | Alaska | Questions & Answers

The Bristol Bay watershed is a vast area which contains 14 major lakes and connecting river systems. The only way to have access to the entire watershed is by float plane and at Bristol Bay Lodge there are three in legendary DeHavilland Beaver floatplanes. These planes are used to ferry customers through the entire system, where with your guides our riverboats fitted with jet outboards will be waiting for easy accessibility to the most productive fishing spots.

Where is the Lodge?

You can find Bristol Bay lodge nestled in the edge of the Wood-Tikchik State Park.

Where do they fish?

During your stay with at Bristol Bay Lodge, you will fish a different location each day and have the opportunity to catch every species of fish available to you during any given week.

Each evening you’ll be informed of your next day’s fishing adventure by an experienced fishing guide. Every aspect of the coming day will be explained. You will be fully informed and confident that you are prepared for whatever the next day brings.

Bristol Bay Lodge has six different and spectacular fishing destinations. Each fishery you visit will be unique and memorable. Four of these fisheries will be utilized in your two overnight camp experiences and two will be fished from the lodge as day fisheries.

Fishing From the Lodge

Two of Alaska’s most renowned fisheries, the Agulawok and Agulukpak Rivers are ‘home-waters’ for the Bristol Bay Lodge. These fisheries provide some of the region’s most productive and consistent fishing for Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling and Dolly Varden.

Additionally, these rivers are host to one of the largest Sockeye Salmon runs anywhere in the world. On average, several million Sockeye Salmon return to the Wood-Tikchik lake system each year, and most pass through these two rivers. The first Sockeye Salmon are usually caught around the 4th of July. When the time is right, it’s not unusual to catch limits of these noble fish before lunch and spend the afternoon pursuing Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char and Grayling.

You will fish each of these legendary rivers, as a day-fishery, returning to the lodge in the evening.

Over-Night Camps

Bristol Bay Lodge maintains exclusive leases on two of the most exceptional fisheries in all of Western Alaska and it’s on these very different rivers where you’ll spend two nights. The overnight experiences at the two camps are possibly the best wilderness experience in Alaska. They are often remembered as the highlights in the trip.

Located northwest of the lodge and north of the tree line is Birch Creek Camp. This camp is strategically located on a braided and meandering tundra stream. In addition to all five species of Pacific salmon, you’ll find marauding rainbow trout, enormous arctic grayling and an incredible population of sea-run Dolly Varden.

Directly west of the Salmon Fishing Bristol Bay Lodge, located below the confluence of two exceptional rivers and on the tidewater of the Bering Sea, is Rainbo Camp. Those who have spent time at Rainbo camp lovingly describe it as “the end of the earth”, a place where the wind in the grass brings whispers of ancient times. The camp is located on tidal water, at the edge of the Bering Sea. Every tide brings with it the promise of a fresh run of salmon just minutes from the saltwater.

Both camps have three private, carpeted and heated guest tents with two fixed beds. On these beds, you’ll find warm, full-sized sleeping bags with fleece liners. The camps have running water, with a full-service lavatory and shower. In addition to the three guest tents, each camp also has a main cook tent that is used for serving breakfast and dinner. It also serves as a central meeting place for the beginning and end of each day. This is where you’ll share fishing stories and laughter often late into the night. The camps are staffed with two experienced guides as well as a camp chef to take care of all of your needs. Both camps have state of the art satellite phones should communication with the lodge be necessary.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The travel time depends on where you are going to fish and is mainly taken up by just flights times from Bristol Bay Lodge. On arrival at each location, there will be boats waiting to take you both up and down the stream from your landing point. Most of the travelling is done within 40 mins then you will be fishing.

What fish will I catch?

Depending on what time of year you join us at Bristol Bay Lodge will depend on what species will be available in the rivers, so please make sure you check out the species information on this tour. Throughout the year King Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Sockeye, Chum and Silver Salmon are all on the main menu. Other species include Northern Pike, Dolly Varden and Grayling.

How many fish will I catch?

The amount of fish you will catch at the Salmon Fishing Bristol Bay Lodge will depend on the target species and the time of the year you are fishing with us. Each species has a season but also a peak period where the run is greater. It is best to talk to us about what you wish to achieve from your trip and we can then advise what the best weeks would be to suit you.

How do they fish?

Bristol Bay Lodge is conducted in many different ways, for a customer wanting to target the big Kings & Chum Salmon it is best to swing large flies with Spey rods. For the smaller Salmon, you can fish with shorter lighter rods like 12ft switch rods which make great both single and double Spey fishing. You can then even fish with 5# single handed rods with drys for the many Trout and Grayling.

Do the guides speak English?

All of the guides at Bristol Bay speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Anyone who wants to gets lots of action and catch lots of fish.

What skill level is required?

You can come as either an experienced angler or as a beginner, we cater for all abilities. The guides like nothing more than teaching people and sharing their passion for catching these fish in this amazing environment. If you are far more experienced and only want to chase the specimen fish we also cater for that.

How physically demanding is this trip?

The physical demands of Bristol Bay Lodge are not challenging. You should expect to get in and out of small planes and boats on most days with some wading and short hikes.

When to go?

Again this really depends on your targets for your trip. The season starts in June and runs through to September. Talk to our experienced staff in the office and they will advise you from experience what are the best weeks for you to meet what you wish to catch.

How to get there?

To get to the Bristol Bay Lodge you will fly to Anchorage in Alaska. After an overnight stay, it’s just a short flight to Dillingham before you are then transferred the rest of the way by boat up the lake to the lodge.

What is the accommodation like?

The Bristol Bay Lodge has a professionally equipped kitchen, dining room, a great room featuring a fireplace, bar, library and large well-furnished fly tying bench. There is also a fully equipped fly and tackle shop where any angler can be completely outfitted.

In warm weather, the lodge’s decks are a favourite gathering place for appetizers, cocktails and the weekly barbecues. As waves gently break against the shore and fish leap from the blue waters, you can relax in the hot tub or sauna after a long day of fishing. You can keep your waders and rain jackets cosy and dry in the warming house.

In addition to the eight spacious bedrooms in the main lodge, there are four comfortable and private cabins set around the grounds. These cedar cabins are often used for small groups or families. Each has its own character and offers the kind of scenic view of Lake Aleknagik.

What is the food like?

The food is excellent; it is in true Alaskan style with plenty of traditional meat dishes! You will all eat a cooked breakfast before you head out for the day, your guide will bring along a picnic for you to have by the riverbank whilst you are fishing. Evening meals are eaten at the dining table and are three courses.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Bristol Bay Lodge is the perfect location for anyone who just wishes to turn up with a bag of clothes, everything else can be provided. You are welcome to bring your own tackle or you can use all the necessary lines, flies, waders, boots, rods and reels all for free from the lodge.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The lodge does have internet but your cell phone will not have signal. The lodge does have a phone you can use if needed.

Are there other activities available?

As the lodge sits on the edge of the lake there is not too much else to do apart from the fantastic fishing.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab on our Bristol Bay tour page.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

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