Bearfoot Adventures - Bristol Bay, Western Alaska

Fly and lure fish the Mulchatna River, a breeding ground for all five species of Pacific salmon, plus world-class rainbows, dolly varden, grayling, and northern pike. The Mulchatna feeds the mighty Nushagak River.

Bearfoot Adventures - Bristol Bay

King salmon fishing Alaska

Bearfoot Adventures is based on the Mulchatna River, Kautumn Lodge has easy access to two other rivers—the Koktuli and Stuyahok.
Rainbow trout run in the Mulchatna from spring through fall. The area is renowned for giant rainbows up to 22-inches. Bearfoot fishes the smaller rivers from ice-out in mid-May through freeze up in October. The end of May is peak rainbow fishing for aggressive spawners.
Sockeyes:  In 2017, approximately 2.8 million sockeyes returned to this river system. Sockeye run June through early August. Sockeye are excellent on the grill and have distinctive red meat.
Chum salmon run June 22 through September 1. These salmon are aggressive and strong, a toothy fighter that can reach 15-pounds. There are a lot of chum in the river, adding to the mix. The King salmon run is typically July 1-24, with kings up to 50-pounds. Landing five kings per day is pretty typical. A daily catch can exceed 10 to 20 kings per angler.
Dolly Varden fishing runs July through October. Vibrant and colorful, this 25" + fish is one of the most beautiful. Dollies prove abundant when the salmon are spawning as they fatten up on eggs.
The Silver salmon run begins in early August and runs through mid-September. Ten to 24-pound silver salmon aggressively take lures and flies. Once hooked, silvers often leap entirely out of the water multiple times, tail dancing.
Grayling fishing is available all season.

Five Species of Salmon

Fishing the Mulchatna at Sunrise

Boats:  16’ to 18’ Lowe flat-bottom boats with 40-HP Mercury and Yamaha motors.
Guides:  Experienced guides are well versed in both the fishing and the area. Chet Benson, the owner and head guide, has his Wilderness First Responder license and Coast Guard license.
Fishing License and King Salmon stamp:  are not included in the package.
Bearfoot Adventures Mulchatna RiverMulchatna River

Mulchatna River

2019 Hosted Fishing Week:

Stay at Kautumn Lodge with Bearfoot Adventures

2019 Hosted Week at Kautumn Lodge
Mulchatna River - Salmon and Rainbow Fishing
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $4,700.00 p.p.
2019 Hosted Week:
July 16-22:  Guy Schoenborn hosts
You're not restricted to our hosted week. Provided there are openings, we can book the Lodge for a time that works best for you.

About the Lodge:  You'll stay at Kautumn Lodge, (the name combines both of Chet and his wife Halie's daughters' names). Kautumn Lodge is the only established lodge on the Mulchatna River. Comfortable and heated, with a fly tying area, hot showers, and generated electricity. Breathtaking views and abundant wildlife.

Getting Here:

Information coming soon.


2019 Rates:

3-nights and 2-days guided fishing
$3,400.00
per person
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$3,700.00
per person
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$4,300.00
per person
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing
$4,500.00
per person
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$4,700.00
per person

Packages include:

Lodging, meals, and guided fishing.

Packages do not include:

Airfare to Alaska, charter flight to the Lodge, cost of fishing licenses and stamps or equipment, i.e.; clothing, personal gear, accommodations before and after the trip, cost of transfers, taxidermy, shipping, gratuities, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

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

Request Bearfoot Adventures info packet  

Bearfoot Adventures - Alaska photos


Healthy population of rainbow up to 22"

Bearfoot Adventures Rainbows

Alaska Salmon fishing

Alaska salmon fishing

Large sockeye salmon run

Sockeye Salmon Fishing

Chum salmon are oily, but smoke up great

Alaska King Salmon Fishing

A nice Mulchatna Dolly on the fly

Dolly Varden on the fly

A beautiful dolly varden on a fly

4WD trucks

Campfire and social time at the Lodge

Campfire at the Lodge

Bedrooms at Kautumn Lodge

Lounge area

Target grayling all season

Target grayling, too