Fishing Program 

Big Ku Lodge has the enviable ability to reach four of the Katmai region’s top trophy trout streams by boat! The advantages this gives the hardcore angler are many, including the option to reach the best water in almost any weather; a price which is significantly less than the surrounding fly out lodges, and a section of home water which ranks among the best trophy trout beats in all of Alaska. This program enables great after hours fishing, the ability to reach some famous local waters first, and the ability to add on spur of the moment fly outs that are paid for on site. This is a “rainbow only” lodge, (we do not target salmon) with lots of fish in the 3-6 pound range as well as specimens that can top ten pounds.

Big Ku Lodge is on the mainstream Alagnak River, near its outlet from Kukaklek Lake. This is a great river, hosting runs of salmon and trout from early June through September, and is dead center in the finest trophy rainbow trout fishing in the world. In June, late August and September particularly, the Big Ku is at or near the top of every Alaska well informed angler’s list, with good numbers of 4-8 pound fish lying in its many shallow runs and riffles. It is, in particular, a superb streamer fishery, and literally only a stone’s throw from the front porch of the lodge. With long days, this is a great piece of water that you can walk and wade unguided after dinner.

The wilderness location could not be better, offering striking views in all directions of river, lake, rolling tundra and nearby mountains. Brown bears often stroll nearby during the prolific sockeye salmon run, and there is always the chance to spot wolves, moose or caribou from your cabin door.

Big Ku Lodge uses open john boats or a large, covered-cabin inboard jet boat to ferry guests in comfort to any one of the available local streams (other than of course, the home water). The ride to most of the rivers is short, and your arrival often finds you first on the water. Having arrived to the stream of choice, you will either use a smaller jet boat to access the best water, or simply walk and wade, depending on the circumstances.

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