Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge
Bristol Bay, Alaska Sportsman's Fishing Lodge Are you ready for an Alaska luxury vacation? The clear water Naknek River allows fishing for all five species of Pacific Salmong along with Giant Rainbow Trout. Naknek River is a 35 mile journey to Bristol Bay from within the massive Katmai National Park and Preserve. Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge is about 14 miles downstream from Naknek Lake and at the confluence of the King Salmon Creek. The location of our Alaska luxury vacation lodge allows us to fish for aggressive salmon on our home river right in front of the lodge. These fish are just a short 20 miles from the ocean and are dime bright and very strong.This location also allows us to fish the best spots of the upper part of the river where we find large rainbow Trout feeding behind spawning salmon and out migrating salmon smolt. The Naknek River has a strong run of King salmon and one of the best spots on the river is within sight of our Alaska luxury vacation lodge. The Naknek River also has annual sockeye returns in the millions and has a very strong run of silver salmon. Floatplanes on Naknek River At the Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge, we have the best of both worlds. The fishing is excellent on our “Home” river and we are very close to many “Fly-out” rivers. When targeting big rainbow trout, the Kvichak is the river of choice to be on. There is also tremendous fishing opportunities throughout the Bristol Bay/ Lake Iliamna area that we want our guests to have a chance to see and experience. With that being said, the lodge has its own private float planes and pilots to take guests to different rivers throughout the area to fish for salmon, Arctic Char, and Rainbow Trout. Our central location makes many of the remote streams very accessible and only a short flight away. We are near Katmai National Park and Preserve and have permits to operate on “limited access” rivers. The benefit of choosing to visit the Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge is that whether you decide to fly-out to fish a nearby stream or stay and experience the wonders that our home river offers, your fishing day will be filled with adventure and excitement. Alaksa Lodge on Bristol Bay The cedar main lodge consists of: a commercial kitchen a large dining room a relaxing living room a spectacular sun room with decks Overlooking the stunning views of the Naknek River and the mountains of Katmai National Park The guest cabins are well appointed with: comfortable beds private bathrooms individual heaters and comfortable couches The entire lodge is connected by a boardwalk which will lead you to a dramatic deck with a hot tub that is elevated 70 feet above the river and provides guests with the opportunity to relax at one of the premier Alaska luxury vacation spots while reflecting on the adventures of the day. Fishing Season Alaska SportsmanJune: During this month the sportfishing season in the Bristol Bay area opens. Beginning of June there is excellent explosive Rainbow Trout, Artctic Grayling, and Northern Pike. Anglers recieve plenty of excitement as the fish are aggressively feeding on migrating salmon after a long winter with little food. The mouth of Naknek River acts like a funnel for baby salmon to migrate to Bristol Bay providing excellent feeding spot for large Rainbows. June 15th to July 31st: The mighty King salmon, the largest fish of the Pacific salmon family, begin to arrive around June 15th. Anglers visiting us at this time of the year will have a combination rainbow Trout and King salmon trip. The Kings average between 20 and 30 pounds. King fishing will stay good through July 31st. End of June and through July: The Naknek River becomes the passageway for sockeye salmon to instinctively return to their spawning grounds. Millions of sockeye pass right in front of the lodge, with as many as 20,000 fish per hour swimming by. These fish are fresh in from the ocean, are dime bright, and put up a spectacular fight once hooked. The bag limit for sockeye on the Naknek River is very generous. End of July: Silver, Chum, and Pink Salmon start to arrive to the Bristol Bay area streams around this time. Silver salmon fishing is very exciting and many anglers prefer silvers to all other salmon because of their hard strikes and many long runs with spectacular tail dances. Chum salmon, although not prized like the kings, sockeye, and silvers, offer a very enjoyable sport fishing experience. These fish average 15 pounds and put on a tremendous fight as they aggressively take a fly. Mid August and through October: Rainbow Trout return to the Naknek to stock up for the long cold winter. Although we have tremendous rainbow Trout fishing in many of the surrounding nearby streams of Katmai National Park throughout the entire summer, this is our “Trophy” time of the season on our home rivers. The Naknek holds an abundance of 28 – 30 inch rainbows and each year we land quite a few fish in excess of 30”. They are pound for pound the best fighting sport fish in the world.