Rainbow Trout: Rainbows in Alaska naturally occur up to 24 pounds or better in the Iliamna, Bristol Bay drainages. Rainbows are caught June through September. Due to the distraction by millions of Salmon, most serious Rainbow Trout anglers prefer fishing before and after the heavy Salmon runs (June and September). The Kvichak River is home to the largest Rainbow Trout in the State of Alaska. The Current Kvichak Lodge trout record is 23.3 pounds caught in Septmeber of 99. Arctic Grayling: Grayling are God's gift to entry level fly rodders and light tackle fanatics. They're thick in nearby streams and will attack a fly all season long and in the worst of weather. Most Grayling average 10 to 14 inches with trophies measuring 21 inches and weighing 4 pounds. Their reputation as a sport fish is in their susceptibility to dry flies and the gracefulness in which they take. Arctic Char: Char are commonly associated with the Dolley Varden since they are biologically the same, averaging between 2 to 8 pounds with a maximum of 20 pounds. Very hard fighters for its size, the beautiful orange colored markings have always been admired by anglers. Char are abundant in most waters in Alaska that have heavy salmon runs. Char are not shy of salmon and will feed among them on any tempting fly that passes. Chinook (King) Salmon: The largest of the Pacific Salmon, Kings are the first to return to their birth place to spawn and die. Adults weigh from 15 to 60 pounds but expect those in the 25 to 50 pound class to give you a most sensational challenge on rod and reel. Mid June to late July ensure King Salmon fishing on the Nushagak River by flyout only. Red (Sockeye) Salmon: These salmon enter the Bristol Bay and Iliamna drainages by the millions in late June and early July, and for the first few weeks that they are in fresh water, they can put up a fight equal to a Rainbow, but by the time fall arrives, their eggs and their decomposing bodies (imitated by the carcass flies) will the main part of the trout diet. The Kvichak River is historcally the largest Sockey Salmon run in the world. Chum (Dog) Salmon: Average 8 to 12 pounds and though not considered an aggressive fighter as the other species, it does have a keen appetite for the streamer flies and lures. There is as much respect for his fighting endurance as for any other salmon. Run is between August and September. Pink (Humpy) Salmon: Smallest of the Pacific Salmon, averaging between 3 and 5 pounds, arrive in mid-July and August. What Pinks lack in size, they make up for in aggressiveness and non-stop action. They are excellent sport on smaller rods. However, these fish only return during even number years to spawn. Silver (Coho) Salmon: Fishing for Silvers is best during August and September. Most of the Mighty Cohos's are weighing between 8 and 12 pounds.
Northern Pike: Northers are the freshwater piranhas of Alaska. Poor fighters but their strike is vicious, they're usually big and hit anything that moves! Pike reach 15 pounds and measure 35 inches in Alaska Waters.
Our guides are the best in the business. We are proud to state that we have almost 55 years of combined experience with our guides to ensure that your experience with us is unique. We work to make sure that each of our guest's individual fishing needs are paired with the person who has the most expertise in that specific field, whether it be fly fishing for rainbows, trolling for silvers or casting off a secluded island for the monster king that you would like to see hanging on your office wall.
Mike McDowell has been the owner and operator of the Kvichak Lodge for the last thirty plus years. An avid sportsman, philosopher and conservationist, he knows as much about the Kvichak River by actual experience that anyone on this pristine water.
In addition to offering world-class fishing, the Kvichak Lodge is proud to offer other unique Alaskan experiences. Katmai National Park is located 50 miles from our lodge and a fly out bear viewing trip at the world-famous Brooks Falls is a favorite activity for our guests. Bird hunting is available on request.
For the individuals who are interested in day trips our guides are happy to do a float trip down one of the tributaries or adjoining streams so that you can enjoy both a float fishing adventure as well as bear viewing.
The Kvichak River and the Lodge by the same name are not only a mirror of breathtaking nature, but it is a reflection of mankind for thousands of years. The” Kiatagmuit Eskimos originally lived on the north bank of the Kvichak River in the village of Kaskanakand used Igiugig as a summer fish camp. At the turn of the century, these people moved upriver to the present site of Igiugig. The Kvichak Lodge, where you will stay, was built during World War II and its rich history is the story of the people that first came and the visitors thereafter.
The Kvichak River is a large river, about 50 winding miles, in southwestern Alaska. It flows southwest from Lake Iliamna to Kvichak Bay, an arm of Bristol Bay, on the Alaska Peninsula.