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Bear Trail Lodge – the sister lodge to Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge – is located on the banks of the crystal clear Naknek River, a fishery that was recently named the "Number One Rainbow Trout River in Alaska” by Fish Alaska Magazine. This amazing river is home to all five species of Pacific salmon as well as some of the largest rainbow trout in the world.
A standard package at Bear Trail Lodge is a seven day / seven night package, although trips of any length can be arranged and accommodated.
Bear Trail Lodge consists of a very comfortable and inviting main lodge complete with a commercial kitchen, large dining room, relaxing living room, full bar area,a hot tub, and several large decks that overlook the river. Each of the lodge’s guest cabins are well appointed with queen beds, private bathrooms, individual heaters, and comfortable couches. The entire lodge is connected by a boardwalk elevated 70 feet above the river, providing guests with the opportunity to relax and enjoy the views while reflecting on the adventures of the day.
The lodge chef will prepare three hearty meals each day. All meals are served home style and are all-you-can-eat. Breakfast includes hot and cold cereals, muffins, breads, fruits, eggs, French toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, reindeer sausage, juices, and coffee. The lunch usually consists of sandwiches and soups. A shore lunch can be arranged with your guide weather and wildlife permitting. The dinners are the main non-fishing event of the day, and menus include Alaskan style appetizers, NY Strips, prime rib, crab legs, fresh salmon, halibut, shrimp, chicken, and pork. Complimentary beer and wine is also served. Delicious desserts complete these excellent dinners.
The kitchen is open 24 hours a day, so when food is not being served guests are free to help themselves to anything in the kitchen. The lodge has a soda dispenser and a commercial ice machine for guest use as well. The lodge does not supply any hard liquor (feel free to bring your own!) but they do have beer and wine and all of the common mixers.
The crystal clear Naknek River – recently named the “Number One Rainbow Trout River” in Alaska by Fish Alaska Magazine – begins its 35 mile journey to Bristol Bay within the massive Katmai National Park and Preserve. This amazing river is home to all five species of Pacific salmon as well as some of the largest rainbow trout in the world. The location of the Bear Trail Lodge allows you to fish for aggressive salmon and trout on the home waters, including great sections of the river directly in front of the lodge. These salmon that inhabit the Naknek are just a short 20 miles from the ocean and are dime-bright, fresh, and very strong. The prime location of Bear Trail also allows you to fish the best spots of the upper part of the river, where you’ll find large rainbow trout feeding behind spawning salmon and migrating salmon smolt.
The Naknek River has a strong run of King salmon and one of the best spots on the river to fish Kings is within sight of the lodge. The Naknek also has annual sockeye returns that number in the millions and a very strong run of silver salmon. The lodge utilizes jet boats to access the best spots on the river to catch all species of salmon, while the lodge's fly-out program takes advantage of the lodge’s close proximity to the many rivers and streams of Katmai National Park; waters that are full of spawning salmon and hungry rainbow trout. These waters are also in Alaska’s designated “Trophy Rainbow Trout” area.
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 explosive rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, and northern pike. There is plenty of excitement for anglers as fish are aggressively feeding on migrating salmon smolt after a long winter with little food. The mouth of the Naknek River acts like a funnel for the millions of baby salmon smolt that are migrating to Bristol Bay. This provides an excellent feeding spot for the large rainbows of the Naknek River.
The mighty King salmon, the largest fish of the Pacific salmon family, begin to arrive in area around June 15. Anglers visiting Bear Trail Lodge at this time of the year will have a great combination of rainbow trout and King salmon fishing, with the kings averaging between 20 and 30 pounds. You will usually travel a short distance by boat from the lodge to fish for the Kings or you can choose to fly out to fish one of the other area rivers. The flights from the lodge are included in your package and your guides will help decide which river will be best based on conditions and weather. The King fishing usually stays good from June 15 through July 31. During the end of June and throughout July, the Naknek River becomes the passageway for sockeye salmon that 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 from the ocean, dime-bright, and put up a spectacular fight once hooked.
The next species to arrive to the Bristol Bay area are the silver, chum, and pink salmon. These fish show up each summer around the last week of July. Silver salmon fishing is very exciting and many anglers prefer silvers to all other salmon because of their hard strikes, long runs and spectacular acrobatics. Chum salmon, although not prized like the Kings, sockeye, and silvers, offer a very enjoyable sport-fishing experience as well. These fish average 15 pounds and put up a tremendous fight as they aggressively take a fly.
By mid-August and throughout October, the big rainbow trout return to the Naknek to stock up for the long, cold winter. Although there is tremendous rainbow fishing in many of the surrounding streams of Katmai National Park throughout different parts of the summer, this is “Trophy Bow” time on the home waters of the Naknek. The Naknek holds an abundance of 28” – 30” rainbows and each year guests land quite a few fish in excess of 30”. They are pound for pound the best fighting sport fish in the world. If you want to catch a true trophy rainbow trout, you will want to be at the Bear Trail Lodge in June or from mid-August through the end of October.
The lodge utilizes 3 DeHavilland Beavers and 2 Cessna 206 aircrafts on floats provide fishing access throughout the region. The lodge also utilizes a large fleet of aluminum boats equipped with Yamaha jet motors - some based at the lodge, and many others strategically scattered throughout the region on numerous rivers. It is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, waders, wading boots, and terminal tackle.
** Alaska is now enforcing a ban on felt-soled wading boots to help prevent the spread of potential waterborne parasites and diseases. Please keep this in mind while planning for your trip.
For non-anglers, the lodge offers a variety of activities including scenic flights, wildlife viewing, boat tours, and seasonal bird hunting. The lodge staff is fantastic about accommodating non-anglers and family members.
Your trip starts upon arrival in Anchorage, Alaska. Several major airlines serve Alaska from the lower 48 with connections direct to Anchorage. From there, you will fly to King Salmon, Alaska.
It is recommended that guests overnight in Anchorage the day before your trip begins and then connect to King Salmon and the lodge the following day.
Rates are per person and based on double-occupancy. ** ALL PACKAGES DO INCLUDE AIRFARE BETWEEN ANCHORAGE AND THE LODGE, A $500.00 VALUE!
|Length of Stay||Price|
|3 Nights / 3 Fishing Days||$4,400|
|4 Nights / 4 Fishing Days||$5,500|
|5 Nights / 5 Fishing Days||$6,575|
|7 Nights / 7 Fishing Days||$8,175|
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Fly outs are included with all of our fishing packages. The number of fly outs is not a set number for your stay. The lodge's fishing destinations vary throughout the season and it is their job to ensure that you have a successful and enjoyable Alaska fishing experience by putting you on the best fishing options that are available to each angler accompanied with the type of fishing each person wishes to do. We often are asked about the number of fly outs included in each package. There are guests that have flown out everyday of their trip and there are guests that have only flown out a few times during their stay because the fishing was fantastic on the home river and they chose not to fly out. By being located on the Naknek River, Bear Trail Lodge has eliminated the necessity of flying out every day in order to get to where the great fishing is. They have tremendous fishing on their home river that is accessible by boat. The important thing to remember is that you are on a fishing trip—not a flying trip. You fly if the home waters are not producing or if you wish to. But, the important thing is that it is not always a necessity to fly out to get to where the good fishing is!