Aniak River Seasons and Species

Aniak River Lodge

Spin or Fly Fishing - 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 is one of the best trips in the world for novice fly anglers because each day, they’ll get so many opportunities to hook and land large quantities of fish.
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.

2019 Hosted Weeks

Targeting:  Rainbows and silvers
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $6,295.00
August 16-24, 2019:  2 spots left
  Guy Schoenborn hosts
August 23-31, 2019:  SOLD-OUT

2020 Hosted Weeks

Targeting:  Rainbows and silvers
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $6,495.00
August 14-22, 2020:
 Guy Schoenborn hosts
August 21-29, 2020:
 Guy Schoenborn hosts

2021 Hosted Weeks

Targeting:  Rainbows and silvers
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
August 13-21, 2021:
 Guy Schoenborn hosts
August 20-28, 2021:
 Guy Schoenborn hosts

About Aniak River Lodge

Aniak Rainbow Fishing

Aniak River Mousing

Aniak's rainbow fishing may be some of Alaska’s best. Rainbows average 21" in length, with up to 30" bows landed. 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; plus peak char, grayling, and northern pike. See Aniak River Mousing video.

View Aniak Trailer IF4 (2019) 1:48 Vimeo

Aniak Silver Salmon

Silver Salmon

The Aniak is the best producing tributary of the Kuskokwim River for silvers. Silver fishing peaks from August 10th to September 1st. Our clients have landed over 100 silvers in a day here. The Aniak is now a catch-and-release fishery - although, at times, there will still be some guide-prepared shore lunches. Aniak's unique locations offer many of the same options as expensive lodges without the need for fly-outs, allowing more time to fish.   Photo:  Kurt Rathjen with nice Aniak silver.

Aniak Fishing Facts:

Aniak Boats

2019 season:   June 15 thru September 14.
2020 Season:   June 20 thru September 26.
Boats:  The Lodge has seven, 18’ G3 Jet Boats with Yamaha four-stroke 60 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 ($70.00 in 2019).
Drying Room:  Both the Lodge and Camp have an unheated drying room for your gear.
Fly Tying:  The Lodge has a fly tying vice and materials available. If you want to tie some before your trip, we can send sample flies.

Guy Schoenborn with dolly varden

Aniak Cabins

Dollies are very colored up from August 10th on.

Aniak Cabins

26-inch Aniak Lodge Rainbow

26-inch Aniak Bow

Brian with Aniak Northern Pike

Brian with Northern Pike

Carl Quertermus with large Aniak sheefish

Aniak River Sheefish

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

Aniak River Grayling

Aniak Grayling

Aniak's - Two Riverside Locations

Aniak Mid-River Cabins

Aniak River Lodge offers a unique lodging experience with a Mid-River Lodge, and the upper river deluxe tent camp known as Trout Camp. Each location taps into diverse fishing. Aniak hosts 14 guests per week, except for the last two weeks of the 2020 season when they'll host only eight anglers. Aniak River Lodge has the only fixed camps on the river.

Aniak's New Mid-River Lodge

Mid-River Lodge

The new Mid-River Lodge is 25 miles upriver from the town of Aniak. The Lodge has a gourmet kitchen and dining room, and seven, spacious cabins.
Meals:  The Lodge has an executive chef. Delicious meals in a remote setting.
Alcohol:  The Lodge cannot provide alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own. Aniak is a moist village, which means it is illegal for the Lodge to serve or sell alcohol.
Communications:  There is no cell phone reception. For emergencies, the Lodge uses radio communications from the Camp to the Lodge and village. They also have a GCI phone at the Lodge. Free Wi-Fi at the Lodge, although slow.

Seven New Guest Cabins

Aniak Cabins

You'll spend five nights at Aniak Mid-River Lodge and stay in one of their new guest cabins. Two anglers per cabin. Each cabin has a private bathroom with hot running water, a shower, vanity, and flushable toilet.

Trout Camp - Aniak's deluxe tent camp

Trout Camp

Trout camp, their deluxe tent camp, is 15 miles upriver from their Mid-River Lodge. You'll spend two nights here and two days targeting leopard rainbow trout, silvers, dollies, and grayling. You'll also be near islands and braids that create the best rainbow fishing. High-end WeatherPort Tents. Great meals. After dinner, share fishing stories around the fire pit and watch the sunset.

Abundance of Wildlife

Providence has it all!

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.

We've hosted trips here since 2000.

Providence has it all!

Larry Schoenborn with 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 River Lodge:

You will need to spend Friday night in Anchorage as your flight to Aniak is early Saturday morning. There's a hotel in Anchorage that we recommend and our clients receive a 10-percent discount. On Saturday 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 is approx. $475.00 in 2019.) At Aniak Airport, you'll be greeted by the Lodge staff 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. You'll fish for sheefish and pike during your three-hour (25-mile) boat ride upriver to the Mid-River Lodge.
You'll reach the Lodge about 5:30 p.m. Your gear is shuttled ahead on a separate boat, and will be in your cabin waiting for you. Relax a bit before dinner with a beverage or fish unguided in front of the Lodge.

2019 Rate:

7-nights and 6-plus days guided fishing
Saturday to Saturday
$6,295.00 per person

2020 Rate:

7-nights and 6-plus days guided fishing
Saturday to Saturday
$6,495.00 per person

Packages Include:

Ground transfers from Aniak airport to Base River Lodge, all boat transfers from Aniak to the Mid-River Lodge and Trout Camp, lodging, meals, non-alcoholic beverages, limited Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping, guided jet boat fishing, and all flies.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare to Anchorage and Aniak, hotel and meals in Anchorage, alcohol, fishing license ($70.00 in 2019), fishing equipment, tackle, gratuities, travel insurance, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Sample Itinerary:

Sunday – Tuesday:  You’ll stay at the Mid-River Lodge.
7:30 a.m.  Breakfast.
9:00 a.m.  Begin your fishing day.
5:00 p.m.  Back to the lodge for a hot shower and appetizers.
7:00 p.m.  Dinner. Then, guides discuss the next fishing day.
You’ll spend Wednesday and Thursday night at Trout Camp, 15-miles upriver from the Lodge.
Friday:  After a full day's fishing, you’ll return to the Mid-River Lodge by 5:00 p.m. Shower, appetizers, dinner. Pack for the next morning's departure.
Saturday:  Check out at 6:00 a.m. for your departure home. After breakfast at 7:30 a.m., the guides will transport you downriver by jet boat ride to the Base Lodge in Aniak. At 10:45, the shuttle leaves for the five-minute drive to the Aniak Airport.
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Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558