Kvichak River

The Kvichak River is the spill water from Lake Iliamna and winds and turns for about 50 miles where it empties into Kvichak Bay. This is Southwestern Alaska and a river that produces Trophy Rainbow Trout. "Trophy" in this case is 30-inches or above and that is a fish that you don't see every day and that makes Trophy Rainbow Trout something majestic.

Beyond the Majestic

The Kvichak River is home to all five species of Pacific Salmon from the big King Salmon to the little Pink Salmon, they come, spawn, and die here. Salmon are the lifeblood or fuel that drives many of the Alaskan cycles from the bear and eagles to the humans, to the many of species of fish that live here. It is a vast food web that is often unnoticed but is the reason, that the Kvichak River produces trophy Rainbow Trout - A rarity even in Alaska.

When to Fish the Kvichak River

The Rainbows are here all year long, as are the Arctic Grayling, Dolly Varden, and Char. Between the summer feast that is the Salmon, the fish feed on many things including insects, smaller fish, small mammals, and rodents. The river has a way of providing and that is important if you want to produce big trophy fish.

June and July - Early in June King Salmon begin their run which can last through July. They are followed shortly by the Sockeye Salmon which begin to flood the river. The Kvichak River is home to the world's largest run of Sockeye Salmon.

Where there are King Salmon there are Trophy Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. Expect to have the option of fishing for Kings, Reds, Rainbows, Dolly Vardens, Arctic Char, and Grayling during June and July.

August, September, October -The Sockeye and Kings are mostly gone by August. In their place come the Silver Salmon, the Chum Salmon, and the Pink Salmon. The biomass - flesh of the dead salmon, roe, and increased presence of aquatic insects - creates a feeding frenzy that draws the secondary fish into the river from the Lake Iliamna and tributaries. It is that excessive amount of food that helps make the Kvichak River a place where "trophy" is not just a marketing word, but a way of life.

The Kvichak River is home to Trophy Rainbow Trout, Big Northern Pike, big Dolly Varden, and Big Arctic Char. It is also the home of the small Arctic Grayling and in such a place where food is so abundant, even the Grayling are big. You can find these fish here all year long. They are part of the cycle that depends on the influx of Salmon.

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $8,000 to $9,000 Per Person
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Map of No-See-Um Lodge

The No See Um Lodge sits along the fish-rich waters of the Kvichak River in the South Central part of Alaska. The location of the lodge was chosen because it sits nearly equal distances between several fisheries that offer guests some of the best opportunity for landing trophy fish. No See Um Lodge is all about the entire experience. They offer top guides, pilots and a staff that knows how to make you feel comfortable …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $8,000 to $9,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Alaska Rainbow Lodge

Hosts Ron and Sharon Hayes built Alaska Rainbow Lodge in 1982 to take advantage of its location on the Kvichak River, 230 air miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska in the Bristol Bay region. The Kvichak is home to the largest salmon run in the world; Sockeyes swim past the lodge’s front door by the millions each summer. This excellent location ensures that guests have the opportunity to fish every day, regardless of the weather. Ron …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Igiugig Lodge

The Igiugug Lodge is strategically positioned at the mouth of the Kvichak River on the banks of Lake Iliamna. This is trophy rainbow trout country and where there are trophy rainbow trout there are massive salmon runs. The Igiugug Lodge is a blend of luxury and rustic charm -- upscale country with all the comfort of home and the hospitality to match. As a guest, you should expect an amazing adventure. We feature home cooked …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $5,000 to $6,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $4,000 to $5,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Kvichak Lodge

The Kvichak Lodge sits along the southern shores of Lake Iliamna, west of the western bank of Cook Inlet and north of the Katmai National Park and Preserve and near the village of Igiugig. This is a fly-in lodge that provides beyond world-class fishing and is home to the biggest run of Sockeye Salmon in the World. Impressive, but it gets better. Let's explore the Kvichak Lodge and the outstanding fishing …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $9,000+ Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $7,000 to $8,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Alaska Sportsman's Lodge

Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is the sister lodge of Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge. This is a five-star lodge in the heart of trophy rainbow trout territory. Alaska Sportsman's Lodge sits along the banks of the Kvichak River near the beautiful and fish-rich Lake Illiamna. The main highly of the area and there are many, is that this is the only designated trophy rainbow trout region in all of Alaska. This is a fly fisherman's …