Our Fishing Program Explained
Our goal at Bear Trail Lodge is to provide each guest with a quality Alaska experience each day. We fish by wading, drifting, casting, or plugging. You can fly fish or use conventional gear. There are streams that are fly fishing only areas and there are rivers that allow either fly fishing or conventional gear. The type of fishing you do while at our lodge is your choice. Your guide is there to help you and to educate you about the rivers we fish. They will fish you whichever way you enjoy the most. All of the methods are successful. The location of the lodge, on a trophy class Naknek River, assures our guests that they will have the opportunity to fish every day during their stay at the lodge. Most lodges in this area have a program that is structured so that you must fly-out everyday because there is limited fishing where their lodge is located. It is very important to choose a lodge that is able to provide trophy fishing opportunities everyday of the season.
At Bear Trail Lodge, we have the best of both worlds. The fishing is excellent on our “Home” river and we are very close to many “Fly-out rivers.” Many times throughout the season, especially when targeting big rainbow Trout, the Naknek is the river of choice to be on. But, throughout the Bristol Bay / Lake Iliamna area there are tremendous fishing opportunities and we want our guests to have the chance to see and experience the flavor of this great area. With that in mind, our program incorporates fly outs to take guests to different rivers throughout the area to fish for salmon, Arctic Char, and rainbow Trout. Our central location makes many of the remote streams very accessible and only a short flight away. We are near Katmai National Park and Preserve and have permits to operate on “limited access” rivers. The benefit of choosing to visit the Bear Trail Lodge is that whether you decide to fly-out to fish a nearby stream or stay and experience the wonders that our home river offers, your fishing day will be filled with adventure and excitement. All of these fly-outs are included in the package price.