Aniak River Seasons and Species

Aniak River Lodge

One of Alaska's Best Fishing Trips

Spin or Fly Fishing

Located in Western Alaska, the Aniak is a 95-mile tributary of the Kuskokwim River. The Aniak is one of Alaska's best rivers due to its variety – rainbows, dollies, grayling, all five salmon species, sheefish, and northern pike – and the sheer number of fish you'll catch. This trip is one of the best in the world for novice fly anglers because they’ll get so many opportunities to hook and land large quantities of fish each day. Aniak River Lodge now practices catch-and-release - although there will still be some guide-prepared shore lunches. Aniak River Lodge is now an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge.

2022 Hosted Weeks

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$6,895.00 per person
Rainbow Mousing Week:
• July 14-22, 2022:  SOLD-OUT
Rainbows and Silvers Weeks:
• August 4-12, 2022:  Guy hosts - 2 spots
• August 11-19, 2022: SOLD-OUT
• August 18-26, 2022: SOLD-OUT

2023 Hosted Weeks

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Rainbow Mousing Week:
• July 13-21, 2023:  Phil Lighty hosts
Rainbows and Silvers Weeks:
• August 10-18, 2023:  Guy Schoenborn hosts
• August 17-25, 2023:   SOLD-OUT

2024 Hosted Weeks

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Rainbow Mousing Week:
• July 11-19, 2024:  Phil Lighty hosts
Rainbows and Silvers Weeks:
• August 1-9, 2024:  Guy Schoenborn hosts
• August 8-16, 2024:   Guy hosts
• August 15-23, 2024:  Guy hosts

Book Anytime: You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book Aniak River Lodge for a time that works best for you.

About Aniak River Lodge

Aniak Rainbow Fishing

Aniak Rainbow with Mouse

Aniak's rainbow fishing may be some of Alaska’s best. Rainbows average 21" in length, with up to 30" bows landed. Aniak River Lodge offers some of the best mousing for trout in Alaska. During every week of the fishing season, you can catch giant leopard rainbows on mouse patterns. The months of June and July are particularly productive with this unique topwater method, plus peak char, grayling, and northern pike.

Kurt Rathjen with nice Aniak silver

Kurt with Silver Salmon

The Kuskokwim boasts Alaska’s largest run of silver salmon, and the Aniak is the best producing tributary of the Kuskokwim River. From early August through early September, it’s not uncommon to land thirty-plus silvers a day here. Aniak's unique locations offer many of the same options as expensive lodges without the need for fly-outs, allowing more time to fish.

Guide and Bob Buchman Hosted Week Rainbow (2021).

Kurt with Silver Salmon

Dollies are very colored up from August 10th on.

Bright Dolly Varden

Aniak Fishing Facts:

Angler netting fish in boat

Season:   Mid-June thru September.
Boats:  Aniak has seven 18’ G3 Jet Boats with Yamaha four-stroke 40 to 90-HP motors. Two anglers per boat and Coast Guard licensed guide.
Methods:  Spin or Fly Fishing. You’ll fish from the boat and bank, depending on the river conditions and species.
Fishing Days:  You’re guided each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fishing Equipment:  No equipment is provided, but the guides provide flies. A complete tackle and gear list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: is not included in the package. You will not need a king stamp for the Aniak.
Drying Room:  The Camp has an unheated drying room for your gear.
Fly Tying:  The Camp has a fly tying vice and materials available. If you want to tie some before your trip, we can send sample flies.
A Signed Permission Waiver:  is required for this adventure.

Guy Schoenborn with dolly varden

Guy Schoenborn with bright Dolly

Sample Itinerary:

Friday:  You’ll arrive at the Mid-River Camp.
Saturday - Wednesday:
7:00 a.m. Coffee.
7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.  Begin your fishing day. If weather permits, guides prepare a shore lunch for you. Otherwise, you’ll enjoy a packed lunch from the cooler.
5:00 p.m.  Back to the Lodge for a hot shower and appetizers.
7:00 p.m.  Dinner. Then, the guides discuss the next fishing day.
Thursday:  After a full day's fishing, you’ll return to the Mid-River Camp by 5:00 p.m. Shower, appetizers, dinner. Pack for the next morning's departure.
Friday:  Check out at 6:00 a.m. for your departure home. After breakfast at 7:30 a.m., you'll take a jet boat ride downriver to the Base Lodge in Aniak. Then at 10:45 a.m., you'll take the five-minute shuttle ride to the Aniak Airport.

Tyler and Gary Mintz - 2021 Hosted Week

Gary and Tyler Mintz with Aniak Rainbows

Tyler and Guide with Northern Pike - 2021 Hosted Week

Tyler Mintz in blue coat with Guide holding Northern Pike

Carl Quertermus with large Aniak sheefish

Carl with large Sheefish

Our hosted weeks are a great time to target beautiful leopard rainbow, silver salmon, grayling, char, and a few sheefish.

Aniak River Grayling

Angler Holding Grayling Showing the Wing

Aniak's Deluxe Mid-River Camp

Angler with cup of coffee and row of tents

Aniak's Accommodations

The Camp has high-end WeatherPort Tents, with nice single beds. Each tent has a toilet, a shower and sink with hot running water.
Meals:  The Camp has a gourmet kitchen with delicious chef-prepared meals served in the dining tent. After dinner, share fishing stories around the fire pit and watch the sunset.
Alcohol:  The Lodge cannot provide alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own. Aniak is a damp village, which means it is illegal for the Lodge to serve or sell alcohol.
Communications:  Free Wi-Fi (a tad slow). There is no cell phone reception. For emergencies, the Lodge uses radio communications between the camp and the village. The guides all carry a Garmin Inreach satellite communicator.

Abundance of Wildlife

Mama Bear and Cub

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, or bald and golden eagles.

We've hosted trips At Aniak River Lodge since 2000.

Larry Schoenborn with a large Aniak Rainbow

Larry Schoenborn with a nice Aniak rainbow. Larry began hosting trips at Aniak River Lodge in 2000. The Aniak was Larry’s favorite Alaska freshwater trip.

Getting to Aniak's Mid-River Camp:

You will need to spend a night in Anchorage as your flight to Aniak is early the next morning. (There's a hotel in Anchorage five minutes from the airport with a free shuttle that we recommend, and our clients receive a 10-percent discount.) The following day at 9:30 a.m., you'll take a 90-minute flight on Ravn Air to Aniak. No flights or hotel nights are included in the package. (The roundtrip flight from Anchorage to Aniak was just under $400.00 in 2021.) You'll be greeted by the Lodge staff at Aniak Airport and driven to Aniak's Base Lodge, a five-minute drive from the airport. Here, you'll have a sandwich and beverages and a brief orientation. Then, you'll fish for salmon, sheefish, and pike during your 25-mile boat ride upriver to the Camp.
You'll reach Camp about 5:30 p.m. All of your gear is shuttled ahead on a separate boat and then transferred to your tent. Relax a bit before dinner with a beverage or fish unguided in front of the Camp.

2022 Rate:

Friday to Friday
7-nights and 6-plus days
guided fishing

$6,895.00 per person

Packages Include:

Ground transfers from Aniak airport to Aniak's Base River Lodge, boat transfers from Aniak to the Camp, lodging, meals, non-alcoholic beverages, limited Wi-Fi, guided fishing from a jet boat and wading, and all flies.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare to Anchorage and Aniak, hotel and meals in Anchorage, alcohol, fishing license $45.00, fishing equipment, tackle, gratuities, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Book Aniak River Lodge, one of Alaska's best fishing trips today!