Bristol Bay, Alaska Guided Fishing

The Bristol Bay region is know for having the largest run of sockeye salmon of any place else in the world and most of the best locations for rainbow trout. Between June and mid-September our crystal clear streams and rivers abound with a variety of species of fish. Most of our fishing is easily accessible by boat on the Wood River system. A large part of the Wood River system is located within the boundaries of the Wood-Tikchik State Park and consists of five interconnected lakes surrounded by the magnificent Wood River Mountains with hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline. Most of our fishing is concentrated on the lower two lakes focusing on small tributaries and connecting rivers. Two rivers of significance are the Agulowak and the Agulukpak Rivers, known for the best dry fly fishing in the state for rainbow trout and grayling. Over 1.5 million sockeye salmon (red salmon) from 6-10 pounds make their way up the Wood River system swimming right past the lodge each summer providing some of the best sockeye fishing in Alaska.

We also have a tent camp on the Nushagak River which is mainly known for the King salmon runs but has all five species of Pacific salmon as well as rainbow trout and pike. Our main interest is the King salmon which have typical runs exceeding 100,000 fish each season. The King salmon range between 15 and 30 pounds with fish over 50 pounds not uncommon.

Nushagak King Camp
A short 45 minute floatplane ride delivers you to the pristine, unspoiled beauty of our remote camp on the Nushagak River. The Nushagak River is home to the largest run of King Salmon in Alaska, as well as huge runs of sockeye and chum.

You will enjoy a comfortable stay in a two person, weatherport tent complete with wooden floors and beds with linens. Enjoy the area in comfort while wholesome meals are prepared for you by our guides over the campfire or stove.

You can enjoy catch and release fishing all day long without the crowds. Current regulations allow you to keep 4 kings annually.

Activities at Alaska's Bearclaw Lodge

Alaska's Bearclaw Lodge offers many opportunities to enjoy not only world-class fishing, but also the activities, friendships, and moments of solitude which will make your trip the experience of a lifetime. Owners Rob and Lisa Fuentes provide the attention to detail and quality service one would expect at an exceptional resort.

  • Wildlife Viewing: Bear, moose, caribou, beaver, otter, eagles, osprey, and waterfowl are our companions on the streams and rivers we fish.
  • Exploring: Explore the remote area around Bearclaw Lodge by kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, and canoeing.
  • Relaxing: Relax amid the spellbinding aura of this majestic area; the stillness and tranquility await you.


Alaska's Bearclaw Lodge sits on the shores of Lake Aleknagik in the renown Bristol Bay area of Alaska. A remote lakefront location, 350 miles southwest of Anchorage and 35 miles northwest of Dillingham, Bearclaw lodge can only be reached by boat or floatplane. Once here, you will have access to all five lakes in the 1.6 million acre Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in the U.S.

The breathtaking landscape of forest, mountain and tundra also supports a diverse population of wildlife including brown bear, moose, caribou, eagle, waterfowl and other migratory birds.

Traveling to Bearclaw Lodge:
Our guests begin their trip with a 50-minute jet flight from Anchorage to Dillingham, arriving on Sunday evening just in time for a light dinner. You will be met at the airport by one of our staff and travel by van and then by covered jetboat 35 miles northwest of Dillingham to the Lodge. After a fabulous week of fishing, wildlife viewing, exploring or just relaxing, guests return to Dillingham and depart the following Saturday morning, to begin planning their return trips to Bearclaw Lodge for next year.

Because of our high guest return and referral rate, our weeks fill up quickly as space is limited - contact us today to check availability.


Outstanding Alaskan fishing for king salmon, sockeye salmon, silver salmon, rainbow trout and a variety of other fish, exceptional accommodations, remote location and an outstanding value make Alaska's Bearclaw Lodge the perfect destination for your Alaska fishing trip.

We expect to customize your trip especially for you. The friendly, family atmosphere at Alaska's Bearclaw Lodge, with only 10 guests at a time, allows for personalized service that will satisfy all your individual requirements.

Main Lodge
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing -(Includes one fly-out)
Nushagak King Camp
3 Nights / 4 Days Fishing - (June - July)
3 and 4 day packages available
Please contact us now to customize your trip at 435-703-0137

All rates at Bearclaw Lodge include:
Professional, friendly, expert, USCG licensed guides who will put you on the fish!
World-class fishing, all gear and tackle provided including breathable Gore-Tex waders and boots
Transportation to and from Dillingham, Alaska, to the lodge
Wireless internet and phone communication
Comfortable 22' and 18' jet powered boats and USCG approved life vests
Fish cleaning, vacuum packing, freezing, and packaging for your trip home
Comfortable bedrooms designed for double occupancy with shared bath rooms
All land use fees
Our chefs prepares exceptional meals along with appetizers & desserts served with beer, wine, soft drinks & juices

Not Included
Airfare from your place of origin to Dillingham, Alaska.
Fishing Licenses
Local 5% sales tax.

Payment Schedule:
A deposit of 50% of the total fee is required to secure your reservation. Deposits may be made by check, money order or credit card. Reservations may be released if the deposit is not received within 10 days of the time the reservation is originally booked. You will be invoiced for the final payment 90 days prior to your trip.

Deposit & Refund Policy
Cancellations made before January 1, 2009 are fully refundable. Cancellations made after January 1, 2009 are subject to a 50% cancellation fees unless the space can be rebooked, or you have the option to transfer your deposit to another available date or another year.

We will not be responsible for loss of fishing times, lodging, flight delays or any changes due to weather or actions of third parties.


Alaska's Bearclaw Lodge is a full-service, family-owned lodge that offers the finest amenities for your trip. You may choose either a main lodge or Nushagak King Camp experience or a combination of the two. We are proud of our reputation for delivering exceptional service for our guests; you won't find a better value or more professional, friendly and experienced service anywhere in Alaska.

Main Lodge:
Within the lodge we have five private bedrooms designed for double occupancy with shared, full size bath rooms complete with hot showers. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and fully furnished. Decks surrounding the lodge offer guests views of our beautiful crystal clear lakefront setting, surrounded by mountains and forests.

Amenities include full electricity powered by generators, batteries and inverter systems which allow power to always be on, laundry facilities and lounging/reading areas -- all the comforts of home in a wilderness setting.

Guests are treated to the finest entrees prepared by our chef in our full-service kitchen. Besides hot and hearty breakfasts, take-along shore lunches, and savory evenings meals, guests delight in our fresh homemade breads, cookies, pies, and cakes. Complimentary beer and wine are served with meals.