Togiak River Lodge - Alaska
King and Silver Salmon Fishing - Bristol Bay
Togiak River Lodge is six miles upriver from Togiak Bay and the Inuit village of Togiak, Alaska. The Lodge sits adjacent to the four-million-acre Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in the world-famous Bristol Bay region.
Togiak River Lodge Fishing
Situated only six miles from saltwater, Togiak River Lodge is entry to the outstanding spawning grounds for all five species of Alaskan
Pacific salmon. Fish arrive power-charged, chrome bright, fresh out of the ocean. Togiak River Lodge is the only established lodge on the first 20 miles of the river, and while a few other outfitters fly out to the river for day trips, fishing pressure is minimal. In the Togiak's clear waters, anglers target king, coho, sockeye, chum, and pink salmon, trophy-sized native rainbow trout, Arctic char, grayling, and dolly varden. The Togiak is also an ideal fly fishing river.
Limits: (These are 2022 Regulations.) The daily freshwater limit of kings is two adult king salmon per day, only one of which may be 28 inches or longer. The annual limit is five adult kings over 20 inches. The Lodge encourages anglers to keep only the fish that are over 28 inches.
Rainbow Trout: The Lodge practices catch-and-release on all rainbow trout to ensure a healthy fishery and to provide opportunities for rainbows up to 10+ pounds. There are not big numbers of rainbows, but they do have some large ones on the Togiak. You should not book a trip specifically for rainbows.
King Salmon: runs begin in May, pouring into the river in mid-June, with excellent fishing through late July with fish weighing up to 55+ pounds. During king salmon season, a daily average is 20 to 30 salmon per boat. The silvers enter the river in early August, and fishing is great until mid-September. Togiak silvers are reportedly the largest in Alaska’s freshwater, averaging 8-to 14-pounds, with fish up to 20 pounds. More than half of Togiak's guests visit to fly fish for silvers.
Togiak Fishing Facts:
Eric Schoenborn landed his 55-pound king (a little dark) while back-bouncing eggs, one of the many methods employed here.
Boats: 18 and 20-foot flat-bottom aluminum boats that are fully open for the maximum fishing room. Mercury motors range from 60 HP to 150 HP. Comfortable, top-of-the-line Tempress boat seats. Two to four anglers per guide and boat.
Guides: Hardworking, experienced guides are proficient in fly and spin angling, backtrolling, bobber fishing, and all the methods used on the Togiak.
Equipment: All fly and spin tackle is included. Please, let us know if you'll be fly fishing and using their equipment.
Fishing License: and king salmon stamp are not included in the package. A non-resident fishing license is $45.00 (2023), and a king salmon stamp $45.00 (if applicable).
Fish Care: Your catch is cleaned, wrapped in commercial-weight plastic wrap to preserve freshness, vacuum packed, and frozen as soon as they get off the boats. Time permitting, the Lodge owner will smoke some of your catch. Fish are packed in waxed fish boxes. Most anglers take home a 50-pound box of fillets.
Togiak River Lodge
Togiak River Lodge sits on the banks of its namesake river. The main lodge overlooks the river and has a roomy lounge with a 40” screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi, free cell phone coverage (Alaska plan), dining room, kitchen, laundry room, gift shop, hot tub, and sauna. They also have a drying facility where waders, raingear, and clothing can be dried overnight.
Lodge Capacity: The Lodge comfortably accommodates up to 20 people. If a larger group wants to book the entire lodge, they can accommodate as many as 27-guests. One cabin is accessiblity-friendly. Please call us for availability. 1-800-205-3474
Cabins: You’ll stay in one of ten private, heated cabins, with two to four guests per cabin. The cabins are clean, comfortable, and furnished with two to four twin beds, a bathroom, a hot shower, and fresh linens. Daily housekeeping is provided. The cabins sit adjacent to the Lodge and overlook the river.
Meals: Cooked-to-order breakfasts. After breakfast, you'll pack a lunch from the sandwich bar or return to the Lodge for a sandwich-and-soup bar. Four-course dinners.
Alcohol: The nearby town of Togiak is a dry village, and because of this, the Lodge is not allowed to have alcohol on the premises.
Getting to the Lodge:
You’ll fly to Anchorage. On your trip start date, at 6:00 a.m., you’ll take a 90-minute flight from Anchorage to Togiak. You’ll fly on a 14-passenger Raytheon Beech 1900C flown by ACE Air Cargo. This roundtrip flight Anchorage to Togiak is included in the package. The Lodge staff will pick you up at the Togiak Airport and boat you five miles upriver to the Lodge. You'll have breakfast and then fish for the remainder of the day. A hotel night in Anchorage may be required, depending on your flight times.
Sample Fishing Day:
7:00 a.m. After a cooked-to-order breakfast, you’ll visit the sandwich bar to make your lunch for the boat, plus grab some snacks and drinks. You’ll then head to the docks to go fishing.
Noon: You’ll eat lunch on the boat or, upon request, return to the Lodge for soup and a sandwich. After lunch, you’ll return to fishing.
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. You’ll head back to the Lodge.
6:00 p.m. Appetizers are served in the lounge.
6:30 p.m. The first course is served in the dining room. After dinner, you may fish from the bank in front of the Lodge, or for a small tip, a guide may be willing to head back out with you. Enjoy a movie or relax in the sauna or hot tub.
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing $6,300.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing $5,050.00 per person
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing $3,970.00 per person
Roundtrip charter flight between Anchorage and Togiak, the roundtrip boat ride from Togiak village to the Lodge, lodging, meals and snacks, guided fishing, use of fly or spin gear— including rod, reel, tackle, bait, and flies (within reason); vacuum packaged fish care (including some smoking of your catch if desired) 25 or 50-pound waxed fish boxes; daily housekeeping, and Wi-Fi in the main lodge.
Packages Do Not Include:
Airfare between your home and Anchorage, hotel and meals in Anchorage, fishing license, king salmon stamp (if needed), gratuities for the guides and lodge staff, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
As of December 10, 2020, Fishing with Larry will add a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions.
Togiak River Lodge
Two to four anglers per guide and boat.
Togiak River rainbow fishing
Silvers average 12 to 14-pounds
Eric Schoenborn with Togiak silver.
Hike, sauna, hot tub...
Ten private heated cabins
Lodge photo by Samuel G. Potter
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Fishing Travel Experts
1-800-205-3474 ext. 1
MT Office: 406-322-5709
1-800-205-3474 ext. 3
Cell (503) 250-0558