Aniak River Lodge

One of Alaska's Best Fishing Trips

Spin or Fly Fishing

The Aniak River is a 95-mile tributary of the Kuskokwim River and 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 Expedition.
Read Guy's 2023 Hosted Trip Report.

2024 Hosted Weeks:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$7,765.00 per person
Rainbow Mousing Week:
• July 11-19, 2024:  Phil Lighty hosts
Rainbows and Silvers Weeks:
• August 8-16, 2024:  Guy Schoenborn hosts
• August 15-23, 2024:  Guy hosts - SOLD-OUT

2025 Hosted Weeks:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Rate to be determined.
Rainbows and Silvers Weeks:
• August 7-15, 2025:  Guy Schoenborn hosts
• August 14-22, 2025:  Guy hosts

You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Book anytime.

About Aniak River Lodge

Aniak Rainbow Fishing

Aniak Rainbow with Mouse

Aniak's rainbow fishing may be some of Alaska’s best. Rainbows average 18 to 20" in length, with bows up to 30 inches. Aniak River Lodge offers some of the best mousing for trout in Alaska. You can catch giant leopard rainbows on mouse patterns every week of the fishing season. June and July are particularly productive with this unique topwater method, plus peak char, grayling, and northern pike.

Kurt Rathjen with a 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. It’s not uncommon to land thirty-plus silvers a day here from early August through early September. Aniak's unique location offers many of the same options as expensive lodges without the need for fly-outs, allowing more time to fish.

Mira Lee with 26-inch Rainbow - 2023 Hosted Week

Mira Lee with 26-inch Rainbow

Dollies are very colored up from August 10th on.

Bright Dolly Varden

Aniak Fishing Facts:

Angler netting fish in boat

Season:  Mid-June through mid-September. The Camp hosts 16 anglers per week, except for the final two weeks of the season when the maximum is 14.
Boats:  Aniak has ten 18 ft. G3 Jet Boats with Yamaha four-stroke 40 to 90-HP motors. Two anglers per boat and experienced, 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 daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fishing Equipment:  The Camp can provide fly outfits on a limited basis. Split shot, hooks, beads, and leader are provided by the Lodge. Flies are not included in the package. Fishing with Larry will supply flies for silvers, rainbows, and sheefish on our hosted weeks. Guy will send sample patterns if you want to tie your own. If you want to fish pike or grayling, please bring your own flies. A comprehensive 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:  We can send sample flies if you want to tie some before your trip.
A Signed Liability Release Form:  is required for this adventure.

Guy Schoenborn with Dolly Varden

Guy Schoenborn with bright Dolly

Sample Weekly Itinerary:
Thursday:  You’ll fly to Anchorage. You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Anchorage as your flight to Aniak leaves the next morning. (The hotel night is not included in the package.)
Friday:  In the morning, you'll take a one-hour and 35-minute flight to Aniak. No flights are included in the package.
At Aniak Airport, you'll be greeted by a staff member and driven to Aniak's Base Lodge, a five-minute drive. At the Base Lodge, you'll have a sandwich and beverages and a brief orientation. Then, you'll fish for sheefish and pike during your 25-mile boat ride upriver to the Camp.
You'll reach Camp at about 5:30 p.m. Your gear is shuttled ahead on a separate boat and then transferred to your tent. You'll have time to relax before dinner with a beverage or fish unguided in front of the Camp.
Saturday - Wednesday:
7:00 a.m. Coffee.
8:00 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.  Return to the Lodge for a hot shower.
At 6:00 p.m., drinks and appetizers are served.
7:00 p.m.  Dinnertime. Afterward, the guides discuss the next fishing day.
Thursday:  After a full day's fishing, you’ll return to Camp by 5:00 p.m. Shower, appetizers, and dinner. Pack for the next morning's departure.
Friday:  Departure day. 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 to the Aniak Airport.

Aerial of Aniak River Lodge and River System

Guide and Bob Buchman - Hosted Week.

Guide and Bob with Aniak Rainbow

Tyler and Guide with Northern Pike - 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.

Mike Sevon with Grayling 2022 Hosted Week

Mike Sevon with Arctic Grayling

Aniak's Deluxe Mid-River Camp

Angler with cup of coffee and row of tents

Aniak's Accommodations

The Camp has high-end 15 x 30 WeatherPort Tents. Each tent has two full-size beds with quality bedding. The tents also have a toilet, a shower, and a 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:  Aniak and the Camp now have Starlink Wi-Fi. The service is strong enough for electronic devices and cell phone use.

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, otters, 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.

Tillie and Mike Sevon - 2022 Hosted Week

Tillie and Mike with Large Aniak Rainbow

Guide Ben and Amy Brulke with Sheefish - 2023 Hosted Week

Amy Brulke with sheefish and Guide Ben

2024 Rate:

Friday to Friday
7-nights and 6-plus days guided fishing
$7,765.00 per person

Our advice is free.
We never charge more than the Lodges we represent.

The Package Includes:

• Ground transfers from Aniak airport to Aniak's Base River Lodge
• Boat transfers from Aniak to the Camp
• 7-nights Lodging at Mid-River Camp
• Meals at the Camp
• Non-alcoholic beverages
• Wi-Fi Internet
• 6-plus days guided fishing
• Use of fly outfit, limited availability
• Flies are supplied by FWL on Hosted Weeks.

The Package Does Not Include:

• Airfare to Anchorage and return
• Airfare from Anchorage to Aniak, and return
• Hotel, meals, and ground transfers in Anchorage
• Alcohol
• Alaska fishing license $45.00, 2023
• Fishing equipment and tackle
• Gratuities to guides and staff
• Global Rescue or similar medical/safety evacuation insurance
• Travel insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.
• Fishing with Larry adds a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions (as of 12/2020).

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