Bristol Bay Adventures had a good King Salmon fishing season this year, despite some challenges. Our crew and fishing methodologies proved we have what it takes to catch Kings!
At the beginning of the summer, Alaska was hit with some of the California heat wave. This happened right at the onslaught of the Nushagak King Run. Holy smokes! Fires even erupted near our lodge this summer. Thank the Lord that He brought us rain and finally put the tundra fires out… ’twas a bit to close for comfort! All of these factors played into the run of Kings. The regal fish sat out in ocean where is was cold – until the river waters chilled – then they made their journey to the fishermen awaiting them with baited hooks!
Once the run started, large sized Kings appeared. The sneaky Kings would nibble ever-so-gently at the bait so anglers needed to be attentive to the bite and set with force. Proper set procedures demonstrated by the guide helped secure the catch. Bristol Bay Adventures’ guides know how to help our guests succeed when catching Kings… if fishermen accept the guidance, the are handsomely rewarded!
Most camps are down now and the river is still producing big Kings. The typical timeframe works for those that like to follow the beaten path. However if you want bigger Kings, incoming Silvers, and do not forget the Chum, now is a great time to fish!
I went out for a boat ride yesterday and enjoyed a quiet river. I saw a majestic eagle and got really close. I could not believe how amazing this creature was!
The boys caught a King and Chum. They came back to lodge, blackened the chum, and had an amazing lunch! Summer on the Nushagak is wonderful!
I will update you on the Silver Run in a few weeks…
Lodge owner and chefette