Chinook (king) Salmon
Bristol Bay is hands-down the best king salmon fishery in the world. This is an indisputable fact because the rivers that flow through this region, historically, see an annual return of more than 100,000 king salmon. Wild native king salmon in the Mulchatna River can run anywhere from 10 to 50 pounds and average a whopping 25 to 30 pounds. The kings in Bristol Bay are healthy, bright, and put up an incredible fight. There is a good reason why we call them “Kings.” Anglers at our Bristol Bay fishing camp catch hundreds of kings every single day on only six to eight boats with two anglers apiece. On a good day, Kings can becaught on every drift. On average, we catch around thousands of kings every year during our narrow four-week kingfishing window. If you’re serious about catching king salmon free from the combat fishing crowds on other rivers, you really need to come and see us.
Sockeye (red) Salmon
The Mulchatna boasts close to world-record sized sockeyes in the 12 to 15 lb. and 30″-34″ range. This strong run is evident in the increased limit of 10/day over the years.
Coho (silver) Salmon
Bristol Bay is so famous for king salmon that silver salmon are often overlooked. However, the Mulchatna and Nushagak Rivers offer some of the most incredible silver salmon fishing in the state of Alaska. Even better, there is little competition from pink salmon, so it’s possible to target silvers with pinpoint accuracy.
Pound for pound, it’s hard to argue that silver salmon are the hardest fighting fish in the north. The bright chrome coho of the Mulchatna River make hard runs and leap high into the air. Beginning in July, more than 200,000 – 500,000 silver salmon make their way intothis part of Bristol Bay every year, and it’s possible to easily target them on fly fishing or traditional gear.
The wild-run rainbows of Bristol Bay grow to more than 10 pounds and put up a tough fight. While you may have caught a rainbow trout in the Lower 48, you’ve never tangled with the rainbow subspecies we catch in the Mulchatna River, which is called the leopard-spotted rainbow trout. Leopard-spotted rainbows are covered with large black spots from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail. They are native and indigenous to Bristol Bay waters and have nothing to do with hatchery-stocked fish caught in ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams in other locations. Leopard-spotted rainbows are hardcore predators that attack flies and lures with surgical precison. When you hook into one of these beautiful fish, you will definitely know it.
Thick and colorful arctic char are yet another large fish you can target in Bristol Bay. As a fish species, char lie somewhere between salmon and trout, with delicious delicate meat that we serve to guests at our fishing campshorelunches. They are a great substitute for eating any rainbow, grayling, or Dolly Varden that live in our system year round.
Similar to arctic char, these fish run a little smaller but are plentiful in Bristol Bay.They exhibit incredible coloration especially in August.
Experienced angels often have arctic grayling on their bucket list of fish. Grayling are plentiful in Bristol Bay and easy to target with a variety of fly patterns.
Hard fighting pike are a blast on fly tackle or light spinning gear. They’re also toothy so be sure to bring along some wire leaders if you plan on targeting an Alaskan “slough shark.”There are a number of other fish species you may be able to catch when you visit our Bristol Bay fishing lodge. If there is something specific you’re after, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Alaska Trophy Fishing Safaris is located in the heart of Bristol Bay watershed surrounded by prominent headwaters. This is some of the most pristine, remote, and pure wilderness that Alaska has to offer. We are also one of the only outfits on the Mulchatna River. The exclusivity of our location cannot be overstated. We have no significant competition along more than 250 miles of river.
This means you will enjoy a true Alaskan wildlife wilderness experience in a place where the water actually turns black because there are so many fish. Guests at our Bristol Bay fish camproutinely see brown bears, caribou, moose, wolves, wolverines, eagles, ospreys, kingfishers, and waterfowl while enjoying their time on the river.