Lake Iliamna

Lake Iliamna sits on the northern end of the Alaska Peninsula. If you travel about 100 miles towards the west from Seldovia, you will find one of the best fishing grounds in Alaska.

Like all great lakes, this one comes with a legend too. The lake's name is historically referred to as the name given to a great black fish known to target the bad people who fish upon its waters, even visiting fishermen from far away lands.

Lake Iliamna draws fishermen from around the world, despite its legendary black fish. Today, fishermen come for other fish such as Rainbow Trout, Pacific Salmon, and Arctic Grayling. For Rainbow Trout, this is a catch and release lake, meaning that the population of Rainbows here are trophy sized. Expect to catch Rainbow Trout in the 15-28 inch range.

Fishing Lake Iliamna

The King Salmon being their freshwater migration in May, and that puts them in the Lake around the first of June. Expect to fish for Kings through at least mid-July.

The Sockeye Salmon, like the Kings, begin migrating in May and peak from June-August.

The Silver Salmon begin to migrate in July and peak from August-October.

Dolly Varden peak from July-September and the Rainbow Trout peak from April through October.

The Arctic Grayling peak twice. Once from April-June, and again from August-October.

Steelhead peak from April-October, but these are much easier to target in the smaller rivers.

Lake Iliamna is home to multiple lodges and due to the outstanding Rainbow Trout fishery, many of the lodges here focus on fly fishing for Rainbow. If by chance you happen to hook that big black fish of legend, it too is catch and release.

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $7,000 to $8,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing
Map of Angry Eagle Lodge & Outfitters

Angry Eagle Lodge & Outfitters was once Rainbow Bay Lodge and is now under new owership. Angrey Eagle Lodge sits on the beautiful shores of Iliamna Lake in the fish-rich waters of Pedro Bay. What has not changed is the lodges location, which sits between Lake Clark National Park and Katmai National Park within the Bristol Bay Watershed. You can also expect to find must of the same staff including the old owners. The change …

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

Rainbow King Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Iliamna in southwest Alaska, at the north end of the Alaska Peninsula. The Lake Iliamna region is a premier trophy fishing area where great catches are a daily occurrence. It’s also home to a rare population of freshwater seals, and abundant opportunities for viewing bears and other wildlife. With a one-to-two guide ratio and one-to-one staff ratio, Rainbow King Lodge offers a superb, unparalleled level …

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

The Iliamna River Lodge sits along the Iliamna River where it empties into Lake Iliamna. This is big fish country and the Lake Iliamna region is famous for big Rainbow Trout, outstanding Salmon Fishing, and a natural home for anyone who loves fly fishing. There is plenty of room for spin casters too. …

  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $5,000 to $6,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing
Map of Deep Creek Fishing Club

The Deep Creek Fishing Club is located on the world-famous Kenai Peninsula almost halfway between the towns of Kenai and Homer, Alaska. It is easily reached by car from Anchorage by driving along the Sterling Highway. You can also fly into Kenai or Sterling and then rent a car from there. …

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

Alaska's Legend Lodge sits amid salmon-rich fishing grounds on the Alaska Peninsula. The lodge is located within the Bristol Bay fishery about 250 to the Southwest of Anchorage. This is a place to get a personal glimpse of how nature works. The area is rich in salmon, including Silvers, Sockeye, and the massive King Salmon. The lodge is beautifully located on the shore of Intricate Bay, one of the greatest fisheries in the world. The …