Aniak River Lodge
The Aniak is one of Alaska's best rivers due to its variety - rainbows, dollies, grayling, salmon, sheefish, and northern pike - and the sheer number of fish you'll catch. The Aniak River is one of the best trips in the world for a novice fly angler because each day, you’ll get so many opportunities to hook and land large quantities of fish.
Fishing Aniak River Lodge
Aniak's rainbow fishing may be some of Alaska’s best. Rainbows average 21" in length. Up to 30-inch bows have been landed here. The Aniak River has some of the best mousing for rainbows in the entire state of Alaska.
The last two weeks of July is typically, the best mousing time of the year with peak char, grayling, and northern pike.
Silver fishing peaks about August 5th to September 5th. Our clients have landed over 100 silvers in a day here.
For the 2018 season, Aniak River Lodge is open June 16th through September 15th. The Lodge has seven, 18’ G3 Jet Boats with Yamaha four-stroke jet motors ranging from 60 to 90-horsepower. You’ll be fishing a combination of boat and bank angling, depending on the river conditions and species. Two anglers per jet boat and guide. You’re guided from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
See our Video (2011) about the Aniak.
See Aniak River Mousing video.
Aniak's - Three Riverside Locations:New Mid-River Lodge guest cabins
Aniak River Lodge offers a unique lodging experience with a Base Lodge, the new Mid-River Lodge, and the upper river deluxe tent camp known as Trout Camp. Each location taps into their diverse fishing.
Their deluxe tent camp is situated forty miles above the mouth of the Aniak. Here, you'll be targeting leopard rainbow trout and close to the action for salmon, Arctic char and grayling. You'll also be near islands and braids that create the best rainbow fishing. Aniak River Lodge has the only fixed camp operations on the river.
The region is loaded with an abundance of wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see brown and black bears as well as moose, wolves, otter, mink, beaver, wolverine, osprey, bald and golden eagles.
Aniak Hosted Fishing Weeks
Guy Schoenborn (above) with Aniak rainbow.
Targeting: Rainbows and silvers:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $6,295.00.
2019 Hosted Weeks:
• August 16-24, 2019: Guy hosts - Sold-Out
• August 23-31, 2019: Guy Schoenborn hosts
2020 Hosted Weeks:
• August 14-22, 2020: Guy Schoenborn hosts
• August 21-29, 2020: Guy Schoenborn hosts
You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book Aniak for a time that works best for you.
Click here for our Aniak Hosted page.
On Saturday, you'll depart Anchorage on Ravn Air at 12:00 p.m. arriving in Aniak by 1:30 p.m. No flights are included in the package.( As of January 2018, the roundtrip flight from Anchorage to Aniak is approx. $475.00.) At the Aniak Airport, you'll be met by the lodge staff. They’ll drive you to Aniak's Base Lodge, five minutes from the airport. Here, you'll have a sandwich and beverages. After a brief orientation, you'll boat 25 miles upriver to Aniak's new Mid-River Lodge.
Aniak's new Mid-River Lodge
Aniak's new Lodge has a gourmet kitchen and dining room, along with seven, spacious, double-occupancy cabins. Each cabin has a private bathroom with hot running water, a shower, flushable toilets...
Thirty-five miles upriver, their deluxe Tent Camp has hot and cold running water and shower facilities, a great dining tent, and carpeted high-end WeatherPort tents with cots, sleeping bags, fresh linens, mosquito nets, and individual heaters. The tent camp also has a drying tent for waders and jackets. Hot coffee, snacks, cold sodas, and outlets for charging camera batteries.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Saturday to Saturday
Lodging, meals, guided jet boat fishing, all ground transfers from Aniak, vacuum packed salmon (up to 25 pounds), all flies, and daily housekeeping.
Packages do not include:
Airfare to Anchorage and Aniak, hotel and meals in Anchorage, fishing license ($70.00 in 2018), king stamp, if applicable ($30.00 in 2018); liquor, fishing equipment, tackle, gratuities, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Sunday – Tuesday: You’ll stay at the new Mid-River Lodge.
7:00 a.m. Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Begin your fishing day.
5:00 p.m. Back to the lodge for a hot shower and hors d’oeuvres.
7:00 p.m. Dinner. Then, guides discussing the following day’s fishing.
You’ll spend Wednesday and Thursday night at the upriver Tent Camp (Trout Camp). Stay in high-end WeatherPort Tents. After dinner, share fishing stories around the fire pit and watch the sunset.
Friday: After a full day's fishing, you’ll return to the new Lodge by 5:00 p.m. Shower, hors d'oeuvres, dinner. Pack for the next morning's departure.
Saturday: Check out at 6:00 a.m. for your departure home. After breakfast at 7:00 a.m., guides and staff will transport you and your luggage from the new Lodge down to their Base Lodge in Aniak. At 10:45, the shuttle leaves for the five-minute drive to the Aniak Airport.