Alaska Fishing Lodge Dillingham
This family owned and operated Alaska fishing lodge is located in the Bristol Bay area near the southern boundary of the Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in the nation. They offer fishing trip packages at a great value for king salmon, silver salmon, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, native rainbow trout, Arctic char, grayling, Dolly Varden and northern pike. They feature fly fishing trips but also have spinning and bait casting gear as well. All fishing is by boat from the lodge to the various close surrounding rivers. If you would like to add some fly-out trips by float plane, that can be arranged at an additional fee.
They also operate a fly-in camp located on the Nushagak River. The Nushagak River has the largest run of kings of any other river in the state. The run usually exceeds 300,000 kings. The camp typically accommodates 8-10 guests per week so you can be sure to receive personal attention.
You may combine some time at the main lodge and then fly-in to the Nushagak River wall tent camp for a great combination trip. If King Salmon or silvers are a priority, then you will want to make sure that you visit the River camp during your stay!
|Species:||Salmon, King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling, Arctic Char, Hiking|
|Location:||Near Dillingham, Alaska in the Bristol Bay Region|
|Season:||June through September|
|Method:||Fly or Spin fishing|
|Lodging:||Basic home style lodge|
|Food:||Very good cook/chef|
|Trip Length:||6 nights/5 days|
|Transport:||Aluminum boats and float plane|
The Bristol Bay region is know for having the largest run of sockeye salmon of any place else in the world and most of the best locations for rainbow trout. Between June and mid-September crystal clear streams and rivers abound with a variety of species of fish. Most fishing is easily accessible by boat on the Wood River system. A large part of the Wood River system is located within the boundaries of the Wood-Tikchik State Park and consists of five interconnected lakes surrounded by the magnificent Wood River Mountains with hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline. Most fishing is concentrated on the lower two lakes focusing on small tributaries and connecting rivers. Two rivers of significance are the Agulowak and the Agulukpak Rivers, known for the best dry fly fishing in the state for rainbow trout and grayling. Over 1.5 million sockeye salmon (red salmon) from 6-10 pounds make their way up the Wood River system swimming right past the lodge each summer providing some of the best sockeye fishing in Alaska.
They also have a tent camp on the Nushagak River which is mainly known for the King salmon runs but has all five species of Pacific salmon as well as rainbow trout and pike. The main interest is the King salmon which have typical runs exceeding 100,000 fish each season. The King salmon range between 15 and 30 pounds with fish over 50 pounds not uncommon.
If King Salmon or silvers are a priority, then you will want to make sure that you visit the River camp during your stay!
Images by Joe Tomelleri
What does a typical day at the lodge look like?
Our day begins with breakfast served at 8:00 am. We get on the water by 8:30 am and fish until noon as our guides prepare and serve your shoreline lunches. We make our way back to the lodge around 5:30 pm and prepare for dinner as your salmon catch is being processed. Dinner is served around 6:30 pm.
Guests begin their trip with a 50-minute jet flight from Anchorage to Dillingham, arriving on Sunday evening just in time for a light dinner. You will be met at the airport by one of the staff and travel by van and then by covered jetboat 35 miles northwest of Dillingham to the Lodge. After a fabulous week of fishing, wildlife viewing, exploring or just relaxing, guests return to Dillingham and depart the following Saturday morning, to begin planning their return trips for next year.
Within this Alaskan fishing lodge they have five private bedrooms designed for double occupancy with shared, full size bathrooms complete with hot showers. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and fully furnished. The deck on the front of the lodge offer guests views of the beautiful crystal clear lakefront setting, surrounded by mountains and forests.
Amenities include full electricity powered by generators, batteries and inverter systems which allow power to always be on, laundry facilities and lounging/reading areas — all the comforts of home in a wilderness setting.
Guests are treated to delicious entrees prepared by the chef in a full-service kitchen. Besides hot and hearty breakfasts, take-along shore lunches, and savory evenings meals, guests delight in the fresh homemade breads, cookies, pies, and cakes.
- Wildlife Viewing: Bear, moose, caribou, beaver, otter, eagles, osprey, and waterfowl are lodge companions on the streams and rivers clients fish.
- Exploring: Explore the remote area around Bearclaw Lodge by kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, and canoeing.
- Relaxing: Relax amid the spellbinding aura of this majestic area; the stillness and tranquility await you.
Lodge: $4695 pp for 6 nights/5 days inclusive of guides, lodging meals, equipment
Should you wish to take advantage of fly out fishing, there will be a $600 pp for each fly out
Nushigak Tent Camp: $2995 pp for 4 nights/4 days inclusive of accommodations, guides and equipment
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Finally, travel insurance is time-sensitive and must be purchased within a certain number of days of your deposit to cover preexisting conditions, lodge closings and other various issues. It is still available later but the benefits may be more limited.
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