Fishing Season: June 8 to October 1
June is excellent fishing for trophy Rainbow on the Naknek River especially in the rapids area just up from our riverfront cabins. The Rainbows winter in the enormous Naknek Lake, which holds the state’s largest Rainbow on average.
Salmon smolt are an important source of food for Alaskan trout. Smolt and Fry patterns work well in June when fishing is frantic. During the first part of July, dry fly fishing is excellent, especially during the warm, sunny days when the insects appear. Elk-hair caddis and stoneflies are some of our favorites.
Around mid-August, the Rainbow trout move into the salmon spawning areas. A prime location is the “Rapids” area- just up river from the cabins. As the salmon spawn, the hungry Rainbow hang right behind them to feed on the eggs. Glo-Bugs and egg patterns work great during this time period.
As the season moves on into mid-September and into the freeze-up, the best continues to get better and better. leeches, flesh flies, glo-bugs, olive wooly bugger, and sculpins are all favorites. Deep drifting from boats can be exceptional for these late fall rainbows. We ask that you practice a strict catch and release policy with these magnificent fish.
Char and Grayling
Grayling are abundant on the Naknek River. Arctic Char range from 2-4 lbs. The grayling bag limit is 5 per day. Caddis and egg patterns are some of our favorites.