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Big Ku Lodge
In recent years, the early season at Big Ku Lodge has produced some of the best rainbow trout fishing in all of Alaska. The fishing has been steadily improving since 2014 and we have great expectations for the start of the 2020 season. Why? The sockeye return in 2019 was the fourth largest on record with a return of 56.5 million and each of the last five years have seen returns in excess of 50 million. The projection for 2020 is once again great with 49 million sockeye salmon estimated to return to Bristol Bay. As you may know, in the Bristol Bay region, sockeye salmon are the most important food source for trout. They feed on their eggs while spawning, their flesh nourishes them well into the winter months and the fry and smolt become the target the following spring and early summer. The more robust the salmon returns, the bigger and more numerous the rainbows will be and after five strong years in a row, 2020 could be one of the greatest rainbow years ever.

Part of the sockeye life cycle is for the fry and smolt to migrate in the spring/early summer. Sockeye fry tend to exit the rivers in which they were hatched to continue their next stage in lakes. Smolt are finishing their initial freshwater phase, migrating out of the lakes towards the ocean in June and early July. This puts Big Ku Lodge in a prime location for the early season. The fry are migrating out of the tributaries of Kukaklek Lake where the trout lie in wait. Big Ku can jet boat to these prime tributaries. Also, right out the front door of Big Ku Lodge is the start of the mighty Alagnak River system and one of the greatest funnels for sockeye smolt exiting the lake towards the ocean.

The trout in Alaska are very opportunistic and simply go where the food is. Due to the huge numbers of juvenile salmon within easy reach of Big Ku they have continued to thrive and congregate here in recent seasons. If you enjoy streamer fishing or spey angling mixed with mousing and floating-line fry takes, then give a good look at Big Ku for next June/July.

Available dates:
June 13 – 20: 2 spots
June 20 – 27: 6 spots
June 27 – July 4: 5 spots
July 4 – 11: 6 spots

Rate: $7450 per person for a 7 night / 6 day package

Included: Round trip travel to/from the lodge, accommodations and meals, bed tax, Katmai park fees, guided fishing and instruction, use of boats, limited beer and wine with dinner only, non-alcoholic beverages, flies provided on the stream as needed, Fishing gear can be provided with advanced notice.
Not Included: fishing licenses, hard liquor, additional fly-outs. ($450.00 per person) guide and staff gratuities.

Please give David a call at 800.552.2729 to inquire about Big Ku Lodge


A fish from the June 29 to July 6 week in 2019. Hefty and healthy!

A short walk to the home river each morning has you in front of thousands of trout.

You may even encounter a lake trout chasing smolt at the outflow of Kukaklek Lake.

Another chunk from the early season that has been eating well.

In normal to low water years spey anglers can enjoy awesome swinging on the home river in June/July.