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Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge

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

The Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge is a five-star luxury fishing lodge that sits along the Naknek River in the heart of the Bristol Bay Water Shed. This is the home of some of the best fly fishing rivers in all of the world, and the Naknek is one of the very best of the best.

The Lodge and Accommodations

Each of the out cabins feature world-class amenities that begin with comfortable beds and luxurious private bathrooms. Each cabin is heated with its one unit and feature comfortable sitting areas. Between the main lodge and each cabin is a boardwalk, where guests enjoy the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and the Katmai National Park and Preserve.

The main lodge is a place where the common areas offer refined comfort and style. It is also where guests flock to eat the wonderful food prepared by the professional staff. From appetizers to five-star breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. A typical dinner includes headlining food such as NY Strip, Prime Rib, Alaskan Crab Legs, and of course fresh seafood such as salmon and halibut. All paired with wine or beer. Dinner at the Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge is an event to remember.

Fishing the Naknek River

Fishing with the Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge is an individual experience. You and your guide decide how you want to fish and where. The local area is fish-rich and as such you can fish locally or head out in a float plane to target something specific. The Naknek River stretches from Naknek Lake for 35 miles where it empties into Kvichak Bay. These waters are clear stream waters that make up a natural haven for Trout, Grayling, and even Northern Pike. Those are in addition to the seasonal influx of King Salmon, Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, Tiger Salmon, and Pink Salmon. Throughout the fishing season there is plenty of fishing to have here.

When to Fish for What at the Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge

The Naknek River has a seasonal run of all five species of Salmon. If you want to fish for Kings then, that is easy to achieve from mid-June. During mid-June on through July guests target king salmon and rainbows. 30 pound kings are not uncommon. As June begins to fade into July, the Sockeye salmon infiltrate the rivers in massive numbers. It is estimated that 2-3 million Sockeye Salmon return to the Bristol Bay Water Shed each year and 20K swim past the lodge each day during the migration. Sockeye or Red Salmon are one of the best eating of all the Salmon species. From the last week of July through the end of summer the Tiger, Pink and Silver Salmon appear in the rivers. Silvers are amazing sports fish. They fight the good fight. They are smart too. Give them any slack, and they will do their best to break your line. August is the perfect month for silvers.

A Fly Out trip to the little Copper River is where you find the trophy rainbows. Trophies weigh between 15-18 pounds. This is a catch and release river and one of the very best rainbow rivers in all of Alaska. It is small and shallow with plenty of clear gravel bottom spots to fish.

Overall, a top ten destination for those who want to experience the best fly fishing around. They offer a variety of fishing styles from fly fishing to spinners and even drifting.

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BEST trip ever
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 4, 2020
  • We had the opportunity to fish and stay with Bear Trail. Nancy and Heath have stacked their team with the best. From the two or them, to the guides, to the chef and to the house keeping staff. This...
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Exceeds Expectations
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 23, 2020
  • Just returned from a week of serious fishing at Bear Trail Lodge. The whole week was awesome. Nancy and Heath gets the details right from the fly out logistics to the morning coffee. Guides were...
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Another great visit -- exceptional people and fishing
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on July 21, 2020
  • I visited BTL with a friend last summer and had a great time. Alaska was one of three states my wife had never visited, so we made plans to return together. Then COVID came, and threw the world into...
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