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Big Ku Lodge

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Big Ku Lodge
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $8,000 to $9,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing

Big Ku Lodge its on the outlet of Lake Kukaklek within the Katmai and Iliamna region of Alaska. What does that mean for you? It means prime Rainbow Trout country. By prime, we are talking up to 18 pounds and sometimes as long as 30 inches. The lodge is located almost 2 hours due west of Anchorage in the inland area of Bristol Bay. The lodge is rustic, modern and practical and has all of the creature comforts of home. Guestrooms have private bath, and the beds are comfortable. Meals are served in the dining room family style. There are never more than six guests, and each of the three rooms is double occupancy. The view from the lodge will forever be etched on your heart. It is stunningly beautiful and full of color. The fishing here will be remembered for the rest of your life.

Seasonal specialties with Monster sized fish June-September

The secret to the massive Rainbow Trout that are caught here is a combination of the smaller, clear water, gravel-bottom rivers and the cycle of the salmon. Rainbows feed on salmon roe. The smaller streams are important here because when the salmon are not in the rivers, the aquatic insects are. That means year round food and gigantic trout. Big Ku Lodge recently converted to speed boats, so all of the fishing destinations are reachable by boat. That puts you on the water faster and in the hart of trophy fish county quickly.

June: Can be one of the busiest times of the year in the local rivers and creeks. If the winter has been long then the fish know, the summer will be short. They are active, hungry, and breeding. That makes for outstandingly aggressive fight when hooked and their veracious appetite means your fly is a prime food target.

July: July can be overrun with Salmon. That is not a bad thing for fishermen. The salmon are awesome to catch on a fly, but the Rainbows follow them to take advantage of the roe. 2-3 million Chinook Salmon migrate through the area each year.

August: The salmon continue spawning, but the insect population is also in full swing. A variety of flies work well during August and into September.

September: The fish are full and packing on winter weight. The guides here will show you how to catch massive Rainbows during this time.

Outstanding Guides and Intimate Knowledge of the Rivers and Fish That Live Here.

The guide ratio is one guide for each 2-3 guests. The speed boats have an advantage over the flight-lodges; they can travel in almost any type of weather, which means hardcore fishermen get to fish. They also have fly-out options if you want to customize your trip. Big Ku Lodge has it all covered. Guests of the Big Ku Lodge fish at some of the best spots in all of Alaska. Enjoy the clear waters of Battle Creek, Big Ku, Little Ku, Moraine Creek and Even the some of the local lakes. The guides are knowledgeable and experienced. Veteran and beginner fishermen are welcome. The guides happily share their knowledge of the local rivers and their secrets to catching the big fish that live here.

Fish in the heart of Trophy Rainbow Trout habitat

The fishing program at Big Ku Lodge is centered around the big fish that live here. Guests are transported by boat to various fishing holes and secret fishing spots. The guides work with you to enable you to catch monster sized fish. The lodge is located in the heart of the best rainbow fishery in Alaska. You can wonder down to the stream and fish after dinner. This is an excellent time for beginners to practice what they learned earlier in the day. Big Ku Lodge offers something remarkable for everyone. If you are keen on fly fishing, this is a good place to be.

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Trip of a Lifetime
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 26, 2023
  • Great fishing destination for hard core fly anglers. Well organized, excellent guides and staff. Amazing waters available by jet boat and plane. This was a trip of a lifetime. I recommend Big Ku...
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Rainbow Trout and Bears are the best.
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on July 9, 2019
  • I have fished for rainbow trout in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and many places in between. I have never seen the quantity of 20"+ rainbow trout. While it may have been...
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Excellent overall experience: fishing, food, scenery, people
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on November 20, 2018
  • This is a report on a fishing trip I took to the Big Ku Lodge on Lake Kukuklak, Alaska, this past September. The fishing was over-the-top sensational. Every day we were catching 20-45 huge rainbows...
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