The Nushagak River, Alaska
The Nushagak River is home to the largest run of King Salmon in Alaska (150,000+ Kings returning annually), and it also gets a huge return of both Alaska chum salmon and Alaska sockeye salmon which run around the same time as the Kings.
About the Nushagak (The Nush)
The Nushagak River (Central Yupik: Iilgayaq) also know as “The Nush” is a river in southwest Alaska, United States. It is the third-longest river in Alaska. It begins in the Alaska Range and flows southwest 450 km (280 mi) to Nushagak Bay, an inlet of Bristol Bay, east of Dillingham, Alaska.
The Mulchatna River is a major tributary and other navigable tributaries include the Nuyakuk River and the King Salmon River.
On the lower Nush, we fish just above tidewater, this ensures that the fish we are targeting are chrome bright and fresh out of the saltwater (Bristol Bay).
Nushagak King Salmon average 15-25 pounds with fish upwards to 50 pounds. Chum Salmon and Sockeye Salmon are smaller with a 6 -14 pound average. During the months of June and July, hundreds of thousands of Alaska Salmon return to the river on their annual migration. We offer excellent Alaska Fly Fishing Trips & Alaska Gear Fishing Trips.
Four King Salmon Each Year
For the lower Nushagak River, the state allows 5 fish per day for all salmon species except King Salmon. For Kings, the state allows an annual limit of 4 kings for the Nushagak River system. Guests are allowed to take one, 50lb box of fish home as we are limited by our remote location and freezer capacity. Guests are welcomed to mix and match different species of salmon to fill up their fish box