Anderson's Alaska Salmon Camp
Lower Nushagak River - King Salmon Fishing
Anderson's Nushagak Camp - Book now for 2023 and 2024 - Weeks sell out fast. Call us for availability.
The Nushagak River in southwest Alaska is in the Bristol Bay region near the town of Dillingham. Because the river is only accessible by boat or floatplane, it receives limited angling pressure.
Nushagak King Salmon Fishing
The Nushagak is considered to be the best freshwater king salmon fishing in Alaska. Since 2003, Anderson’s Outdoors Alaska Salmon Camp has operated on the lower Nushagak River about one mile below the village of Portage Creek. The camp sits right in the middle of the most productive stretch of water on the river, just below the east and west forks, which divides the river's run of salmon. The entire run of salmon swims past their camp.
Most years, the king salmon runs exceed 100,000, with an additional million sockeye and 500,000 chum salmon also returning through the lower river. So you are literally in the heart of the world’s best salmon fishing.
Most of the kings are fresh from the ocean and are aggressive biters and fighters. A typical day per boat is double-digit catches of kings as well as many chum salmon. Chum salmon are present the entire season, and sockeye are available four out of their five weeks of operation, making this trip a salmon angler's dream.
Techniques include side drifting, known as dragging bait, trolling with a light leader, and back trolling/bouncing.
Regulations (2022): The daily limit is one adult king per day and four kings per season, plus chums and sockeye. Unlike many rivers in Alaska, the regulations allow fishing after retaining a king, which means unlimited fishing time.
Season: The Camp is open five weeks each season from mid-June through mid-July.
Group size: The Camp is limited to eight anglers per week.
Boats: 20' Willie Predator powerboat with 115 HP Yamaha four-stroke outboard motors, trolling motors, electronics, and padded seats with backrests. The boats have a 6-foot wide floor and are nearly 8-feet across the beam, making them very stable for fighting king salmon. Four anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: There are two guides, plus their camp chef. All staff is CPR and First Aid certified. Kent is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain.
Fishing Equipment: Conventional bait-casting gear is provided, including Lamiglas Certified Pro series rods and Rogue Rods and Ambassadeur and Okuma reels rigged with 25-pound main line. If you would like to fly fish, you’ll need to bring your own gear.
Fishing License: A 7-day non-resident fishing license $45.00 and king stamp $45.00 (2022), are not included in the package.
Fish Care is provided. Your catch is filleted, vacuum-packed, frozen and boxed for transport. Boxes are provided at no additional cost. Many guests transport their clothes in a cooler, along with a duffle bag, then use the cooler for fish transport and the duffle for their clothes.
A Typical Fishing Day:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast is served.
8:00 a.m. Fishing begins.
Lunch: You’ll return to camp for a hearty lunch. After lunch, you’re back fishing. Then, you'll return to camp in the evening.
6:00 p.m. Appetizers are served.
7:00 p.m. Dinner is served.
After dinner, evening fishing is available and very good from the shore at camp.
Anderson’s Alaska Salmon Camp:
The Camp hosts only eight anglers, which means you'll receive better service than the larger fishing camps in the area.
The cabins are hard-sided 12x12 structures with carpeted wood floors, propane heat, and two twin beds. All bedding is provided. (Do not bring a sleeping bag.) The Camp has generated electricity, a hot shower facility, and well water filtered and tested for potability.
Cabins with twin beds and propane heat.
Meals: The camp chef has a full kitchen and prepares three hot, hearty and delicious meals each day that you'll enjoy in the dining tent. You'll return to Camp for lunches that feature hamburgers, soups, fresh salmon... Dinners feature steaks, pork roast, halibut, and of course, salmon.
Communications: No internet is available in camp. Kent Anderson has a base station VHF for communicating with the Camp while fishing. The base VHF will reach Dillingham Harbor as another form of emergency communication. The Camp also has a Garmin InReach® satellite texting device onsite.
Getting to the Camp:
You'll fly to Anchorage, Alaska. For 2023, you will need to spend one night in Anchorage,( or possibly take a very early flight out of Portland or Seattle). Early the next morning, you'll take a flight to Dillingham. You’ll be met at the Dillingham Airport by the air taxi representative and transported to camp by floatplane, a 25-minute flight. The floatplane is either a de Havilland Beaver or Cessna 206, both on floats. The floatplane flight is the only flight included in the package. You’ll land at camp and won’t even get your feet wet. The hotel night, meals, and ground transfers in Anchorage are not included in the package. A list of recommended hotels is in our confirmation packet.
Departure Day: On the day you leave the Lodge, an overnight in Anchorage shouldn't be required.
2023 and 2024 Rates:
4-anglers per boat and 2-anglers per cabin
4-nights and 5-days guided fishing $3,400.00 per person
(3-full days fishing and 2-half days)
5-nights and 6-days guided fishing $4,000.00 per person
(4-full days fishing and 2-half days)
Call us for availability. 1-800-205-3474
The Packages Include:
• Floatplane flight Dillingham to camp, and return
• Guided fishing
• All meals and snacks at camp
• Non-alcoholic beverages at camp
• Camp accommodations
• Use of all fishing equipment and tackle
(Fly anglers will need to bring their own gear.)
• Fish care—commercial grade vacuum packing and freezing on-site
and airline-approved boxes for transport.
The Packages Do Not Include:• Airfare to Anchorage, and return
• Airfare to Dillingham, Alaska, and return
• Hotel night in Anchorage or Dillingham, if necessary
• Ground transfers and meals in Anchorage or Dillingham
• Alaska sportfishing license $45.00
• King Salmon Stamp $45.00
• Alcoholic beverages
• Gratuities to guides and staff
• Global Rescue or similar medical/safety evacuation coverage
• Travel insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.