Rainbow Trout: Rainbows in Alaska naturally occur up to 24 pounds or better in the Iliamna, Bristol Bay drainages. Rainbows are caught June through September. Due to the distraction by millions of Salmon, most serious Rainbow Trout anglers prefer fishing before and after the heavy Salmon runs (June and September). The Kvichak River is home to the largest Rainbow Trout in the State of Alaska. The Current Kvichak Lodge trout record is 23.3 pounds caught in Septmeber of 99. Arctic Grayling: Grayling are God's gift to entry level fly rodders and light tackle fanatics. They're thick in nearby streams and will attack a fly all season long and in the worst of weather. Most Grayling average 10 to 14 inches with trophies measuring 21 inches and weighing 4 pounds. Their reputation as a sport fish is in their susceptibility to dry flies and the gracefulness in which they take. Arctic Char: Char are commonly associated with the Dolley Varden since they are biologically the same, averaging between 2 to 8 pounds with a maximum of 20 pounds. Very hard fighters for its size, the beautiful orange colored markings have always been admired by anglers. Char are abundant in most waters in Alaska that have heavy salmon runs. Char are not shy of salmon and will feed among them on any tempting fly that passes. Chinook (King) Salmon: The largest of the Pacific Salmon, Kings are the first to return to their birth place to spawn and die. Adults weigh from 15 to 60 pounds but expect those in the 25 to 50 pound class to give you a most sensational challenge on rod and reel. Mid June to late July ensure King Salmon fishing on the Nushagak River by flyout only. Red (Sockeye) Salmon: These salmon enter the Bristol Bay and Iliamna drainages by the millions in late June and early July, and for the first few weeks that they are in fresh water, they can put up a fight equal to a Rainbow, but by the time fall arrives, their eggs and their decomposing bodies (imitated by the carcass flies) will the main part of the trout diet. The Kvichak River is historcally the largest Sockey Salmon run in the world. Chum (Dog) Salmon: Average 8 to 12 pounds and though not considered an aggressive fighter as the other species, it does have a keen appetite for the streamer flies and lures. There is as much respect for his fighting endurance as for any other salmon. Run is between August and September. Pink (Humpy) Salmon: Smallest of the Pacific Salmon, averaging between 3 and 5 pounds, arrive in mid-July and August. What Pinks lack in size, they make up for in aggressiveness and non-stop action. They are excellent sport on smaller rods. However, these fish only return during even number years to spawn. Silver (Coho) Salmon: Fishing for Silvers is best during August and September. Most of the Mighty Cohos's are weighing between 8 and 12 pounds.
Northern Pike: Northers are the freshwater piranhas of Alaska. Poor fighters but their strike is vicious, they're usually big and hit anything that moves! Pike reach 15 pounds and measure 35 inches in Alaska Waters.
“He first heard of the Kvichak River when he was stationed on Kodiak Island during World War II. Natives of Alaska told him repeatedly, “There’s one fine river north of here on the mainland. The Kvichak, running out of Iliamna Lake.”…
"It was one of the best fishing experiences Easton (Michener’s friend) would encounter, a delightful change from the British tradition of either New Zealand or Scotland. The Kvichak was a rough, bitterly cold, turbulent river flowing out of a lake fed by glaciers, and the peoples who frequented it were as rough as the river."…
"They fished for forty-pound salmon and eighteen-pound trout, and they saw moose along the banks of the river, and wild fox and the stories were salty and the card games endless. It’s a primitive land,” Forbes Easton told his Boston friends. “It’s really like nothing else left on earth. And I want to go back."
Sports In America, 1972
Author James Michener
Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree
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- Randy Jones, 1976 National League Cy Young Winner, Escondido, California
Best lodge in Alaska and I’ve been to most of them.
- Ken Frecher, Las Vegas, Nevada
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- Dennis Rose, Fort Worth, Texas
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- Jon Riggins, Super bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Famer, New York, New York
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- Carly and B.E. Davis, Fort Worth, Texas
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- Marty and Jacob Davich, Pasadena, California
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- David Smith, New York, New York
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- Carole and Chuck Carvel
Your staff and your guides make the difference. Thanks for making my return trip even better than my first. What an Experience! Exceeds and expectations I may have had. I can now say I have truly experienced Alaska at its Best!
- Brad Reid, Richardson, Texas
Truly a “top shelf” experience here at Kvichak Lodge! The fishing, flying, hunting, eating, drinking, card playing, and entertainment was great! I need to go back to work to get some rest!
- Daniel Dobric, Dallas Texas
For the fourth time! You took good care of me. Thanks!
- Thurston Koonce, Mineral Wells, Texas
2 Days ago we caught 25 kings! Today we caught 31 king salmon, 31-inch trout, Great fun, fantastic fishing.
- Marshall Ininns, Laguna Beach, California
Mike, another great week on the Kvichak! 118 reds and 6 grayling. I saw more bears on the river than ever before. This is my 10th trip in 15 years. Thanks again for your hospitality, great food, and especially for helping Elise!
- Frank McGee, Clemson, South Carolina
Mary Margaret and Mike Horseshoe champs! Martin 45lb king, water skiing. Great to be here for the 2nd time, looking forward to the next.
- Marty, Mary Margaret, and Martin Richter, Fort Worth, Texas
What a Great time! Fabulous Food and good company. I'll be back. Thanks for a fantastic experience! Behind marrying my wife and the birth of my 2 kids, I had the best day of my life. The big river is a life changing experience. Thanks!
- Scott Sewese, Dallas, Texas
What an unbelievable time! The second trip was better than the first. I highly recommend the coast for silvers… but you would be missing the chance for a 15-pound bow!
- Tony Vincent, Plano, Texas
Unforgettable time, What day is it?
- Fergus Connon, Dublin, Ireland
A fabulous holiday with our very best friends, Delighted to see such beautiful wilderness still exists! Highlights…. Fly fishing! King salmon and the bears, the bears, the bears!! Thanks for the memories of a lifetime.
- Renie and David Gorsuch, Vail, Colorado
It is going back on our bucket list. Right to the top!