As you travel down the crystal clear Kvichak (kwee-JACK) River about four miles from majestic Lake Iliamna, you will find The Alaska Sportsman's Lodge nestled intimately up on the riverbank. This full service fishing lodge is located in the heart of the Bristol Bay region.
The Bristol Bay watershed is not only home to the world's richest commercial and sport salmon fisheries, but is also Alaska's only designated "Trophy Rainbow Trout" area. Here, snow-fed streams flow crystal clear from the mountains across the rolling tundra to the sea. The purity of this nutrient rich environment allows fish to grow to enormous size. With annual salmon runs in the millions and Rainbow Trout in excess of thirty inches, anglers throughout the world see this area as the pinnacle of sport fishing.
Sitting on the riverbank overlooking this pristine area, The Alaska Sportsman's Lodge consists of a 3,500 square foot solid cedar chalet style main lodge, three duplex cabins for guests, the "Iliamna" guest cabin, and a wood burning sauna. The lodge will accommodate 16 exclusive guests per night and all the cabins have hot and cold running water and 24 hour a day electrical service from our generator plant. The main lodge has a hardwood floored dinning room; a comfortable living room with a fireplace, couches and rockers; a wet bar; a fly tying area; a tackle/guides room; a loft with a reading area and map room; and a laundry room. The main lodge is spacious enough for all of the guests to stretch out and relax, yet it is intimate enough to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow guests and guides.
The guest cabins were designed for comfort and all have breathtaking views of the Kvichak River. Each double occupancy room is complete with a private bathroom, shower, and two very comfortable beds with linens, and comforters. Each day your room will be cleaned by one of our staff members. The entire lodge is connected by a boardwalk that runs from the floating dock up to the main lodge.
The Kvichak is a swift flowing crystal clear river located approximately 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. This river is the only connection between Lake Iliamna and Bristol Bay. The significance of this is that all of the millions of salmon that return each year to the Lake Iliamna drainage must pass in front of our lodge. That makes for some unbelievable fishing opportunities right out your front door.
During June, shortly after the ice goes out, the sport fishing season in the Bristol Bay area opens. The first part of June is excellent for exciting rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling, and Northern Pike. The average Rainbow is between 22"-26". There is plenty of excitement as the fish are very aggressive after a long winter with little food. This is an excellent time for dry fly fishing.
The mighty King salmon begin to arrive in their native rivers about June 15. Anglers visiting us at this time of the year will have a combination Rainbow Trout and King salmon trip. The Kings average between 25 and 30 pounds. It is not uncommon for a guest to land ten Kings in one afternoon. It is necessary for us to fly from Alaska Sportsman's Lodge to a different river for the Kings. We have three different rivers that we target kings on. The flight is a short distance and is included in your package. You will return to the lodge and still be able to fish back on the Kvichak that same day. King fishing stays good through the end of July.
During the end of June and through July, the Kvichak becomes the passageway for sockeye salmon to instinctively return to their spawning beds throughout the Iliamna drainage. Millions of sockeye pass right in front of The Alaska Sportsman's Lodge each summer. At the peak of the run, there are approximately 30,000 fish per hour passing in front of the lodge. These fish are fresh in from the ocean, are dime bright, and put up a spectacular fight once hooked.
Next to arrive on the Kvichak are the silver, chum, and pink salmon. These fish show up around the first of August. 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 and pink salmon, although not prized like the kings, sockeye, and silvers, offer a very enjoyable sport fishing experience.
Beginning in August and going through October, the rainbow Trout return to the Kvichak to stock up for the long cold winter. This is our "Trophy" time of the season on the Kvichak river. It is important to know that we have tremendous fly fishing opportunities for rainbow Trout throughout the entire season. In fact, we have 10 different rivers that offer some of the best fly fishing opportunities in the world during July and August. The Kvichak happens to holds an abundance of 28 - 30 inch and larger rainbows. These prized fish will quicken your pulse as they make run after run as you try to land one. They are pound for pound the best fighting sport fish in the world. If you want to catch a true trophy rainbow at any time .
We fish by wading, drifting, casting, or plugging. You can fly fish or use conventional gear. There are streams that are designated as fly fishing only areas and there are rivers that allow either fly fishing or the use of conventional gear. The type of fishing you do is your choice. Your guide is there to help you and to educate you about the rivers we fish. They will fish you whichever way you enjoy the most. All of the methods are successful at producing fish. The Alaska Sportsman's Lodge was built on the Kvichak River for three very important reasons. First, the Kvichak River has the largest salmon run in the world that swims right past the lodge every summer. Secondly, the Kvichak River has some of Alaska's largest rainbow Trout. Period! The Kvichak will consistently produce rainbow Trout in excess of 27". The population of fish is very healthy and the fish are protected by Alaska Department of Fish & Game regulations for catch & release. The third reason the Kvichak River was our desired location to build our original lodge was because of the close proximity to other excellent fishing streams that can be quickly accessed by using the lodge floatplanes. We are only short flights from some excellent fly fishing only streams for rainbows and to some fantastic salmon streams.
By locating the lodge on a trophy river such as the Kvichak, we have assured our guests that they will have the opportunity to fish every day during their stay at the lodge. Most lodges in this area have a program that is structured so that you must fly-out everyday because there is limited fishing where their lodge is located. It is very important to choose a lodge that is able to provide trophy fishing opportunities everyday of the season.
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. Many times throughout the season, especially when targeting big rainbow Trout, the Kvichak is the river of choice to be on. But, throughout the Bristol Bay / Lake Iliamna area there are tremendous fishing opportunities and we want our guests to have the chance to see and experience the flavor of this great area. With that in mind, 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. All of these fly-outs are included in the package price.
The Alaska Sportsman's Lodge operates on a "No set schedule" and unlimited guided fishing time policy. You will work with your guide and discuss the type of fishing and how much fishing you would like to do. Each evening the lodge manager will discuss the fishing options available to you for the next day. You will then choose which option you would like. You may decide to fly-out for the day, go on a float trip for the day, or to stay and fish the Kvichak. The great thing about the Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is that because of our location, you have a tremendous variety of choices for each day.