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Top 5 Destinations To Fish For Pacific Salmon

Top 5 Destinations To Fish For Pacific Salmon

We here at Sportquest Holidays offer a plethora of breathtaking salmon fishing experiences, we have created this wonderful list of our top 5 destinations for you to look at and hopefully assist you with picking the perfect location for you.

Goodnews River Lodge Alaska

If you wish to enjoy Salmon fishing in Alaska as it was many years ago then the Goodnews River Lodge is the perfect location. There is no commercial fishing in the estuary or river allowing all 5 species of Pacific Salmon a free run. In addition to this, Goodnews River Lodge is the only full-service lodge on the entire river system.

The Goodnews River Lodge is located on the North Fork of the river, which is the main branch, right at the upper edge of tidewater. It is just 7 miles from Goodnews Bay. From there, the jet boats can easily access all 3 forks of the river, as well as the lower tidewater sections. There are over 490 miles of fishable streams, braids, creeks and river branches for you to enjoy. There are three options for the angler in search of trophy fish, you can choose one of the three river branches, fish the tidewaters, or wade the feeder creeks.

The river boasts outstanding runs of all 5 species of Pacific Salmon, sea-run Dolly Varden, and resident Leopard Rainbows and Grayling. Chrome bright Salmon, most still with sea lice, are the norm. These fish are fresh and feisty. They will challenge your angling skills. Resident Leopard Rainbows and Grayling live in all areas of the river, and follow the Salmon upriver, as they get ready for their spawning rituals.

Kalum River Lodge Canada

If you are looking for an incredible fly fishing holiday for Steelhead, Salmon or Trout with the comfort of having your own single room with a private en suite bathroom our lodge on the banks of the Skeena River is the perfect destination. Our guided Steelhead and Salmon trips offer spectacular fishing for all levels of anglers.

Our lodges are located near Terrace in British Columbia, Canada. They are in the heart of some of the finest waters in the world. The original lodge called Kalum River Lodge is on the banks of the Kalum River, this Lodge is now the owner’s accommodation and used if we have additional private parties. However, to meet the high demand of the destination another lodge has been built. The new accommodation is called the Wild River Lodge. This accommodation is located right on the banks of the Skeena River and boasts stunning views of the world renowned river and the surrounding mountains. With both the lodges’ perfect location, you spend more time fishing and less time traveling.

Fishing in Canada will give you the opportunity to catch world record fish. One of the rivers you will fish is the Skeena River which is considered by many to be the best Steelhead and Salmon fishing in the world. The Skeena watershed holds the world record for both Steelhead on the fly and with conventional tackle. As well as having the world’s largest run of wild Steelhead, the Skeena also holds 2 world records for King Salmon.

The fishing season begins in April and goes through to early November. The spring season brings fresh runs of Steelhead, trout and early Chinook salmon into the rivers. This is a great time for fly fishermen to experience fishing on a variety of rivers. Fly fishing throughout the summer season is an action-packed time. The chance of catching Steelhead and all five species of salmon during your trip is an amazing experience and brings many of our anglers back year after year. By early September the tributaries are filling up with Coho (Silver Salmon) and Steelhead providing excellent fishing as well as incredible wilderness scenery.

Although fishing is the main activity, there other things to do should you wish to take some time off from fishing or bring along your non-fishing partner. Apart from all the stunning scenery and wildlife the nearby town of Terrace offers lots of opportunities to explore local arts,  historical culture, visit several national parks, rock climbing, rafting, horse riding and there are lots of local shops/markets.

Bristol Bay Lodge Alaska

If you want to experience the real Alaskan adventure and have access to all the prime pristine waters of the Bristol Bay with nothing more than just a bag of clothes it’s time to pay a visit to the legendary Bristol Bay Lodge

Bristol Bay Lodge take care of everything you need. If you would like to travel light you can take full advantage of all the provided fishing tackle, flies and waders which are included within the price. You can also bring your own rods and reels if you prefer. The lodge has you covered if you turn up short or forget anything as it has its own very well stocked fishing tackle shop.

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.

Bristol Bay has two main home waters the Agulawok and Agulukpak Rivers which provide some of the region’s most productive and consistent fishing for Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, and Dolly Varden. The Agulawok River is just a short boat ride from the main lodge. The Agulukpak River, which flows between two lakes, is only a few minutes by float plane. These two main rivers also play host to the single largest Sockeye Salmon run anywhere in the world. On average, several million fish return to the Wood-TikChik lakes system and surrounding watershed every year. Other rivers you may fish through the week are the Kanektok, Goodnews, and Togiak rivers which are among the most productive in Alaska for Chinooks, Chum, Sockeye and Coho.

During your stay, you will also spend one night at each of the two famous Bristol Bay flyout camps, Birch and Rainbo. The lodge maintains exclusive leases on two of the most exceptional fisheries in all of Alaska and it’s on these very different rivers where you’ll experience what Alaska is really about.

Alaska Trophy Adventures

Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is the perfect wilderness fishing retreat. Boasting a world-famous run of all five species of Pacific Salmon, plus a host of resident fish, such as Leopard Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char and Grayling.

The Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is located in the Bristol Bay region of Katmai National Park and sits on 160 acres of prime river frontage in an iconic section of the Alagnak River known as the Upper Braids. The only access to the Lodge is via a bush plane and is only a short 25 minute flight from King Salmon landing on a private airstrip located on the property. The complex is made of high-quality wooden cabins of various sizes, there is also the main lodge where all meals are served and welcome drinks after a great day spent on the river, basically the lodge has everything you will need to guarantee you a comfortable stay.

Just 6 miles upstream from the Lodge is where two rivers (Kukaklek and Nonvianuk) join to form the Alagnak. Because of the lodges prime location and fleet of jet boats you are able to access all 3 rivers and all the many species that swim through the rivers.

The Lodge itself is on 160 acres of prime river frontage in an iconic section of the Alagnak River known as the upper braids. The only access to the Lodge is via bush plane, landing on a private airstrip located on the property. Welcoming wooden cabins are equipped with running water, heating and power, that will guarantee you a comfortable stay. With an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery, this trip is sure to live up to the image of Alaska that you have always dreamed of.

The lodge offers two riverfront cabin packages: deluxe cabins or the standard cabins. The deluxe cabins were built with two extra windows and have a private bath and shower for the two guests staying in the cabin. The standard cabins have two cabins sharing one larger bathroom and shower building with outside access nearby.

Mission Lodge Alaska

At Mission Lodge, you are never fixed to a set itinerary. Each night the head guide will sit down with you to discuss what you wish to fish for and how they will then explain all the different options. With over 40 boats stashed within fly distance from the lodge one thing for certain is you will not be short of places to fish. Another real advantage of a fishing trip at Mission Lodge is we take care of everything for you. Maybe this is your first Pacific Salmon trip so you do not have the right tackle, or maybe you just do not wish to carry everything all the way from home to the lodge. Whatever the reason as we have waders, rods & reels waiting for you when you arrive all you need to bring is just your clothes and lucky hat.

Mission Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Aleknagik in the heart of the world famous Bristol Bay region. This area offers unsurpassed trophy fishing for Salmon and Trout in a spectacular wilderness setting. This lodge is easily considered to be Alaska’s finest fly-out lodge operations.

The Bristol Bay region has the largest Salmon runs in the world. The sheer numbers of fish that this area supports is mind-boggling. Over the course of a standard week, you can expect to fish a great variety of waters, from small creeks and streams to large rivers.

The lodge operates a fleet of 3 DeHavilland Beavers and has over 40 boats stashed within flying distance of the lodge. Many destinations you’ll fly in and meet your guide who will be waiting for you with a boat. Other destinations you will fly with your guide and will have a boat at your destination. Some destinations will be accessible only by foot, others will have a kayak waiting for you or your guide will bring a raft. All logistics are expertly orchestrated by the guides, pilots and staff.

A typical day of fishing at the lodge consists of a departure around 8:00 AM and a return time around 6:00 PM. These times can change on either end, however, your schedule is completely up to you and your group.

If you have any questions on any of the fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Tight Lines,

Peter Collingsworth

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