Alaska Fly Out Fishing: Nushagak King Salmon

  • Destination: Nushagak River
  • Location: Western Alaska
  • Flight Time: 2 hours
  • Trip Duration: 8-10 hours
  • Target Species: King Salmon, Chum Salmon
  • Limit: Kings salmon: 1 over 28 inches, 1 under 28 inches
  • Run Timing: June 20-July 10
  • Description: Far removed from the Kenai Peninsula and South Central Alaska, the
    Nushagak king.

    Doing battle with a big king salmon on the Nushagak River in western Alaska.

    Nushagak River holds one of the largest runs of king salmon in all of Alaska. Each year upwards of 200,000 chinook return to this Western Alaska River. Departing west across Cook Inlet from Kenai, your journey to the “Nush” will take you through some of the most scenic and remote wilderness on earth. After crossing Cook Inlet, you will enter the Alaska Range through Lake Clark Pass and be surrounded by awesome views of Lake Clark National Park, Lake Illiamna, hundreds of miles of boundless tundra and raw wilderness, and finally the legendary Nushagak River.

    For a guide, these trips are sheer chaos as virtually the entire time there are lines in the water, there is at least one fish on. Doubles, triples, and even quads, become routine in this mother of all king rivers. There are sure to be some droopy heads on the flight back to Island Lake in North Kenai. This is a full day of exhilarating scenery and world class king salmon fishing, an experience long remembered, even for the most seasoned angler. A Journey to the Nush is definitely a complete and unique Alaskan experience.

    nush king salmon

    An average Nushagak king salmon under 28 inches. Anglers can keep one under and one over the 28 inch mark.