To put it mildly, Mother Nature could not have been any tougher on us for our inaugural season on the Nushagak River. Alaska experienced the hottest summer in recorded history. With low water conditions to start the season, this was a recipe for one hell of a tough start. Warm water and salmon do not mix. Pacific salmon are coming out of the ocean on every tide to start their migration up river to spawn. When the salmon go from low 40-degree ocean temps to warm 60 to even 70-degree water, they kind of go into a survival mode and a lot of the king salmon will not bite anything. Thankfully, we were fortunate enough to find willing king salmon on a daily basis despite the less than desirable conditions throughout the entire season.
I am very proud that Angler's Alibi will now offer our new King Camp on the world famous Nushagak River this coming summer. This river is located only a short 20 minute flight from our main location on the Alagnak River.
The Nushagak River of Alaska is on the map for clearly one reason, and that is it’s incredible king salmon runs. The king salmon runs on this river are measured by a sonar system by the Alaska Fish and Game. This sonar count exceeds 100,000 king salmon almost annually! This river has several other rivers and lakes upstream that it supports and is toted as having one of the largest combined salmon runs in the World. Some of the main tributaries of the Nushagak River are the Mulchatna, Nuyakuk, and King Salmon Rivers. This drainage is estimated to be over 280 miles long and supports many villages and sport fish lodges along its path.
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