Fly Fishing at Goodnews River Lodge is remarkable and is the only fully serviced lodge on the river. Because of this, the river receives very little fishing pressure. There is no commercial fishing in the estuary or river allowing all five species of Pacific Salmon a free run.
Goodnews River Lodge, located on the North Fork of the river, is the main branch, right at the upper edge of tidewater. The Goodnews River flows southwest from Goodnews Lake down the Goodnews Valley. It is just 7 miles from Goodnews Bay. From there, the jet boats can easily access all three 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 five species of Pacific Salmon, sea-run Dolly Varden, and resident Leopard Rainbows and Grayling. Chrome bright Salmon, inhabited with new sea lice, are the norm. These fish are incredibly 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.
Goodnews River Lodge is the only fully serviced lodge on the river. Due to this, the river system receives very little fishing pressure. There is no early morning plane rides that can be affected by the weather. Or manic boat races to the best spots in competition with other lodges. The only other people, apart from the odd rafters/campers, will be your fellow anglers from the lodge.
The tidewater section of the river fills with Kings in late June. Fishing for Kings from the boats continues throughout July. The Kings are followed closely by Chum and Sockeye Salmon. For those wanting to take some fish home, the Sockeyes are a great option. Silvers arrive in large numbers in August through to early September. These species are great sport for fly anglers. They are eager to chase flies and can provide lots of action for you every day.
The night before your fishing day starts, your guide will discuss your options. Any species you want to fish for or a location you specifically would like to visit. Boats depart the camp for the full day returning at 5.30 pm with evening meal between 6.30 and 7.30. 24hr daylight means that there is always the option of some midnight fishing in front of the lodge.
Goodnews River Lodge is located just above tidewater, so if you are seeking fresh Salmon, the runs are short. When targeting Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden and Grayling, the runs might be longer. As you head upstream, you can choose from one of Goodnews Rivers three forks. These up-river beats are remote, and while you may on occasion see a Goodnews River float trip party, it’s more likely you will not see any other anglers.
Each day you will fish with a different guide, and it always pays to explore his specific skills or secrets. Even if you choose to follow your plan. All of the guides are licensed and guide full time.
The Goodnews River in Alaska is a stunning place, and there is lots to see. However, due to its remoteness, it is only suitable for anglers. Especially ones who like and appreciate the stunning surroundings they will be fishing in.
If you have any questions regarding our fishing holidays to Goodnews River Lodge, please feel free to contact our experienced team who will be happy to help with any queries you have. Don’t forget to view all the Fly Fishing Destinations we offer in Alaska and request a free brochure.