Fishing for Trout at Katmai Lodge Alaska
The Fabled Braids
The best trout, grayling, and char fishing occurs in the fabled Alagnak River braids. It is here where the salmon of the Alagnak spawn and there exists a rich insect and sculpin population to offset the feed needed for the rainbow trout. We never target salmon this far away from the ocean as this is their spawning territory. It has always been our belief that if they made it this far, let them spawn so we can enjoy their offspring later in the life cycle again in the tidewater.
2017 Trout Report
After the first few trout trips of the year, we knew there was going to be some great opportunities for trout fishing on the Alagnak. Early season trout trips provided good fishing, and while you may have had to try a few spots to find fish, often you could find several respectable fish in one spot if you stayed motivated. Black leeches and a few other various streamer patterns accounted for many early season fish this year, with mouse flies taking their fair share.
Plenty of large trout over 20” were hooked and landed, and some really nice trout in the 24-26” were reported. The great thing we saw on the Alagnak this year was the quantity of 16-22” fish available. These are excellent fighting trout, and it is a great sign for the next several years, as a lot of those trout have a chance to become trophies. While the mid-season trout bite slowed down a bit, this is when some of the best mousing days were available, especially as the middle of the season progressed into early August. Several high number days were reported where the trout couldn’t resist blowing up on a mouse.
2016 Trout Report
The late season trout fishing was phenomenal through mid-September. It didn’t matter whether an angler went on a flyout or fished the Alagnak, very high numbers were caught.
Along the Alagnak River, mice and flesh flies worked very well toward the end of the season; they produced as many, if not more of the big rainbows instead of using eggs. Hundreds of respectable rainbows were caught in the 20 to 28 inch range. By the time we left, we all knew we were leaving a rainbow fishery that was just getting better every day in September. There was also still plenty of dime bright sea lice silvers coming in daily well into mid-September. Several guides reported that their clients hooked 30 plus inch rainbows in August and September; sadly, none of these giants were landed. They did, however, make for great conversation in evening.
The Alagnak river has a long history of being ‘the river to float’ for trophy rainbow trout fishing in Alaska.
Fall is a special time on the rivers and streams of the Bristol bay region and the Alagnak river is no different. In September the angling for rainbow trout and grayling can be as spectacular as the colors of fall. This is the time when many anglers long to visit Alaska in search of rainbow trout fattened up by a summer of gorging upon salmon eggs and flesh.
The Alagnak River is one of the major rivers in the Bristol Bay Watershed. It is actually a tributary to the massive Kvichak (Kwee-jack) river that flows from Lake Illiamna. The Alagnak River is way down the system and flows into Kvichak Bay right before it turns into Bristol Bay. What separates this river from the rest is it’s equally massive runs of all salmon species. Most of the other rivers have huge runs of just Sockeye, or Chum, but the Alagnak River actually has a solid run of all 5 species of salmon. The other thing is that it is wadeable from the near the mouth all the way up to it’s source, the Nonvianuk and Kukaklek lakes.
Prime time for Rainbows on mice is June and July, but peak numbers are caught once the salmon are in and are spawning in August and early September.