Best Location and Fishing Methods

With an annual income of 175,000 Chinook (king) on average, the Nushagak River is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the world for Chinook salmon fishing. The limited fishing pressure it receives and the special characteristics of this river make it an ideal place for the angler looking for quality as well as quantity.

Although their kings fail to meet the sizes of the Kenai River monsters, for example, are much more numerous and the river receives much less fishing pressure from anglers. If we compare their figures with those of famous Karluk River on Kodiak, we see that the Nushagak offers entrance is usually about ten times larger. The average size of Chinook salmon in the Nushagak is around 10 kilos, but can reach 25 kilos.

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The Nushagak River is a river of dark background but clear water and an average width of 150 meters in the areas surrounding our camp. The average profanity in this area can be of 2-4 meters depending upon the season. The guides are well established camp numerous salmon concentration areas near the camp including a major staging area just in front of the camp. Most guides have more than five years fishing the river are surely the best in the area.

Our camp is located about 50 miles upstream from the mouth in Bristol Bay. Just on the border of the area of influence of the tides that have this area (sometimes up to almost 10 meters). For this strategic location, during the most critical moments of the entrance of kings, each trip can leave thousands of copies just entering the sea in just the pools adjacent to the camp. During this time of the season, there is nothing exceptional to be drawn 100 salmon in one day from a boat.

The most effective way to fish the Nushagak king salmon is drifting using salmon roe as bait. Fishing generally letting the bait gingerly runs through the stony bottom of the river as the boat down the river to drift. Bites can be very subtle, but most are quite clear.

On the other hand, the fly fisherman can enjoy great fishing; fly fishing for king’s typical Alaska as the “fat freddy”, using a sunken head of 250-300 g. From the shore, fly them out to become an exciting challenge if hooked a fresh copy over 15 kilos.

If at any time , you want to rest the hard work of kings Salmon Fishing Tips , there is always the option of trying to catch some salmon chum or stop at any of the stops for incoming water fish for pike .

The fishing days are usually split into two. Usually goes for about four hours in the morning and stopped at noon for an hour or two to eat and rest before returning another four hours in the afternoon. Departures are in large boats about 7 meters long outside abordos equipped with powerful 150 hp. Usually boats are shared among groups of up to 4 people. The guides provide all necessary equipment and bait to fish during the regular. Fishing Season starts on June 17 to July 24, this is the Best Dates. All are good but the largest usually salmon entries between the last week of June and first two weeks of July. The available species are Chinook, chum, sockeye, pink, and Coho during the latter part of the season. There are also resident populations of rainbow trout and brook trout, pike plus stops water areas. The location of the camp is located along the Nushagak River about 50 miles upstream from its mouth in the Bristol Bay, in the south west of Alaska. It is about 50 miles west of Dillingham. To access the camp, we usually fly to Anchorage where we stayed one night before proceeding on a scheduled flight to Dillingham. In Dillingham seaplane take us to the camp in a 25-minute flight.


Knowing the site where you can find a best catches, you must need to know the fishing methods.


Basic rules for the use of traps


Knowing build traps not guarantee obtaining food. If we put the traps haphazardly, anywhere, without having clear what we hunt, it’s likely that we go to bed without supper.


First we observe the site to get an idea of what we can find and where. The best time for this is the dawn. We must find footprints; droppings, tracks and other clues reveal the presence of hunting. Many mammals, especially smaller ones, have regular habits. We can find their burrows or their paths marked in the morning dew or voids and galleries in the bushes.


If we have a stable camp, we put many traps as we monitor and review them in the morning and evening. The mechanisms should easily soar to prevent fleeing prey with bait.

Snare traps


Snare traps are simple and cruel. To hunt small animals like rabbits, can be built with string, strong fishing line, wire, etc. The bond will have the thickness of a fist and 4 fingers will be placed soil.

Snare traps

Mechanism in the form of four


This is a classic and effective device that is often used to support slabs that kill animals by crushing. It is useful for hunting both mammals and birds. If we substitute the slab by a basket can capture them alive.


Bait traps


Allow catch small birds like thrushes and blackbirds and waterfowl. They are simply baited hooks, for example with worms, and are extremely cruel and painful for animals, outrageously trying to flee, so it’s best to place them near our camp and review them frequently.

Bait trap


There are other types of traps to hunt large animals based on heavy weights falling and stabbing with spears and sticks. They are very dangerous as they can kill or injure a person accidentally actuate the mechanism.



If we find a river or stream our survival is almost assured as the rivers there is a greater concentration of food.



No makeshift rig will be as effective as a good steel hook attached to a line, so it is important to always take our team. In general, they say that the best times to fish are early morning and evening. When a storm approaches can also be a good time, though, the fish can bite at any time of day or night. If you are lack of line or hooks, you have to improvise. As line is easier to use thread of our clothes to improvise a braid plant fibers (nettle, thistle …). The hooks are usually improvised wooden or spines, but we can also use nails, safety pins and other sharp objects. Baits will find them in the river itself, looking under rocks and vegetation between the shore and the surrounding area. The best way to know what the fish feed is first open the stomach of us to catch.

Hook improvised

Hand Fishing


The system is banned in Spain and very effective in shallow water as it takes a little practice. Better not realize where animals’ dangerous (electric eels, poisonous water snakes …). It involves inserting the hand carefully under rocks, roots or cavities where fish tend to hide the belly in search of animals. Hand glides gently to the gills and sink in them between your thumb and forefinger to catch them.

Spear fishing, spear or trident


Fishing in deep water these tools requires practice and skill due to the distortion of light. However, in shallow water can enter these rigs under rocks and in holes and stringing fish. Of course, there is an illegal method. We can easily improvise wooden spear with a sharp point of bone or carved in the wood itself.



Hooks are baited and left tied to a flexible branch of the river waiting to sting a fish. It is a fairly effective and completely illegal.


We must not forget that apart from fish, waterways offer other food sources, such as frogs, crabs, mollusks and reptiles.