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 River 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
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.

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 shore lunches provided. 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:  Aniak River Lodge is open June 15th through September 14th. You’ll be fishing a combination of boat and bank angling, depending on the river conditions and species.
Boats:  The Lodge has seven, 18’ G3 Jet Boats with Yamaha four-stroke 60 to 90-HP motors. Two anglers per jet boat and Coast Guard licensed guide.
Fishing Days:  You’re guided each day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fishing Equipment:  No equipment is provided, but the guides provide flies. We can also send sample flies if you want to tie some. A complete tackle and gear list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License is not included in the package ($70.00 in 2019).

Guy Schoenborn with dolly varden

Aniak Cabins

Mousing for Dollies is also effective.

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 - Three Riverside Locations

Aniak Mid-River Cabins

Aniak River Lodge offers a unique lodging experience with a Base Lodge, the new Mid-River Lodge, and the upper river deluxe tent camp known as Trout Camp. Each location taps into their diverse fishing. Aniak River Lodge has the only fixed camps on the river. You'll stay five nights at Aniak's new Mid-River Lodge, and two nights at their deluxe upriver tent camp. Aniak hosts 14 guests per week. Two anglers per cabin or tent. The new Lodge has a gourmet kitchen and dining room, and seven, spacious, double-occupancy cabins.

Aniak's New Mid-River Lodge

Mid-River Lodge

The new Mid-River Lodge is 25 miles upriver from the town of Aniak.
Meals:  Delicious meals in a remote setting.
Communications:  There is no cell phone reception. For emergency situations, the Lodge uses radio communications from the Camp to the Lodge and village. They also have a GCI phone at the Lodge. The Lodge has Wi-Fi, albeit slow, but they do have it.

Aniak Lodge's new cabins

Aniak Cabins

You'll spend five nights at Aniak Lodge's Mid-River Lodge and stay in their new guests cabins. Each cabin has private bathrooms with hot running water, showers, vanities, and flushable toilets.

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 2006.

Providence has it all!

Larry Schoenborn with nice Aniak rainbow. Larry began hosting trips at Aniak River Lodge in 2006. The Aniak was Larry’s favorite Alaska freshwater trip.

Getting Here:

On Saturday at noon, you'll depart Anchorage for a 90-minute flight on Ravn Air arriving in Aniak about 1:30 p.m. No flights are included in the package. (The roundtrip flight from Anchorage to Aniak is approx. $475.00 (2019).) At Aniak Airport, you'll be greeted by the Lodge staff. They’ll drive you to Aniak's Base Lodge, a five-minute drive from the airport. Here, you'll have a sandwich and beverages. After a brief orientation, you'll fish your way upriver 25-miles to Aniak's new Mid-River Lodge.
You'll have about three hours to fish for sheefish and pike before your arrival at the Lodge at about 5:30 p.m. Your gear is transported on a separate boat, so by the time you arrive it will be in your cabin waiting for you. Before dinner, if you want to fish unguided in front of the Lodge, you're more than welcome to.

2019 Rate:

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

Deposit required: $2,500.00 down in 10-days, with the balance due 90-days before your arrival.

Packages include:

Lodging, daily housekeeping, limited Wi-Fi, meals, guided jet boat fishing, ground transfers from Aniak Airport to their Base Lodge/welcome facility, boat transfers, and all flies.

Packages do not include:

Airfare to Anchorage and Aniak, hotel and meals in Anchorage, fishing license ($70.00 in 2019), liquor, fishing equipment, tackle, gratuities, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Aniak River Lodge’s Cancellation Policy:

Should you need to cancel your trip, prepayments and final payments are nonrefundable unless you find a replacement. We strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance. If you cancel six months before your trip, Aniak River Lodge can usually find a replacement. We recommend Signature Travel insurance, which includes Trip Cancellation insurance. Click here for our Travel Insurance page.

Sample Itinerary:

Sunday – Tuesday:  You’ll stay at the new Mid-River Lodge.
7:00 a.m.  Breakfast.
8:00 a.m.  Begin your fishing day.
5:00 p.m.  Back to the lodge for a hot shower and hors d’oeuvres.
7:00 p.m.  Dinner. Then, guides discussing the following day’s fishing.
You’ll spend Wednesday and Thursday night at Trout River, 15-miles upriver from the Lodge.
Friday:  After a full day's fishing, you’ll return to the new Lodge by 5:00 p.m. Shower, hors d'oeuvres, dinner. Pack for the next morning's departure.
Saturday:  Check out at 6:00 a.m. for your departure home. After breakfast at 7:00 a.m., guides and staff will transport you and your luggage from the new Lodge down to their Base Lodge in Aniak. At 10:45, the shuttle leaves for the five-minute drive to the Aniak Airport.
Click here for our Aniak Hosted page.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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For more information:

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