The Goodnews River Lodge is the only fully serviced lodge on the river and because of this, the river receives very little fishing pressure. There is no commercial fishing in the estuary or river allowing all 5 species of Pacific Salmon a free run.
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.
Because the lodge is the only fully serviced lodge on the river, the river receives very little fishing pressure. There is no early morning plane rides that can be affected by whether 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 begins fills with Kings in late June. Fishing for Kings from the boats continues through 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 and they are a 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 discuss your options, any species you want to fish for or an area you specifically would like to go to. 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.
The 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 may be longer as you head upstream to choose from one of the Goodnews three forks. These up-river beats are remote and while you may on occasion see a 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 own plan. All of the guides are licensed and guide full time.
The Goodnews River is a stunning place and there are 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 Goodnews River Lodge holidays, please feel free to contact us and our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Still undecided? why not view all our alternative Fly Fishing Destinations in Alaska or request a free brochure.