King Salmon Fishing Lodge Alaska
The mighty king salmon are for sure the most sought after species of salmon in Alaska. They are the largest but also the least numerous, but do not let this fool you as far as how many king salmon you can catch in a day. Sure, there are tough days on every river in Alaska, and there are great days on some rivers in Alaska. This is a very important thing to consider when seeking a river to target king salmon on. The most famous king salmon river in the world is the Kenai River. This river has the largest kings in the world…..but there should be an asterisk next to this river when deciding whether or not to fish it. It has produced the world record king salmon, and there are 80 plus pound kings caught every year on it. BUT, this river has probably the slowest catch rate and actually shut down mid season to even catch and release fishing last season due to poor returns.
There are two standout king salmon rivers in the Bristol Bay area, and they are the Nushagak and the Alagnak. The Nushagak shut down to sport fishing in 2010 due to a poor return, but thankfully had a strong season last year. The Alagnak never shut down, and our guests never went home empty handed. Sure, there were slow days, but even on a slow day we were far ahead of a good day on the Kenai. Over the years I have had several days with over 30 kings landed in my boat for the day, a good amount landing over 50 kings in a day, and one day where we hit the 70 kings landed mark. This best of best days for me took place in 2007. The king life cycle would dictate that 2012 will be another banner year with the 2007 offspring.
I do not know how most anglers feel about fishing, but I would rather have good action day in and day out catching kings from 25 to 50 pounds, than fishing for days to land 1 king that MIGHT be over 50 pounds. On the Kenai, you are done fishing after you land a king salmon for the day! Not the case on the Alagnak, or you would be done fishing shortly after we leave the dock!