Cutthroat Anglers

Bristol Bay King Salmon with Cutthroat in July 2014

King Salmon in the late spring are a large and plentiful

Join Cutthroat Anglers for Bristol Bay King Salmon at Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge

We’ll be headed back to Bear Trail Lodge July 2-7, 2014 for what promises to be a memorable angling experience for king salmon.  We’ll be spending time on the Nushagak River that had more kings swimming upstream in 2013 than the Kenai, Kuskokwim or Yukon rivers.  In fact, over the past 3 years, king salmon fishing on the Nushagak has been unmatched in all of Alaska.

It’s no secret that we love the Alaska Sportsman’s Bear Trail Lodge.  They just know how to do it right!  We think you’ll be exceptionally pleased with the accommodations, wonderful staff, great food (we always gain a few pounds during our stay), top-notch guides, and riverside convenience to either the top-rated Naknek River or fly-outs to any one of up to 18 different locations.  All of that is included in your package price, as well as your round-trip airfare between Anchorage and King Salmon, plus a $250 gift card from Cutthroat Anglers.  All of that adds up to making it one of the best values you can find!


RATES:  For the moment, the folks at Bear Trail Lodge have extended 2013 rates to Cutthroat Anglers’ guests for 5 nights lodging and 5 days of fishing at $6575.00, plus bed tax and licenses. 3-, 4- and 7-day packages are also available.  Details regarding those options can be found at   

The following are included in the price:

  • Fly outs
  • R/T Airfare (Anchorage - King Salmon)
  • 1 guide for every 2 clients
  • Gear
  • Meals, beer, wine
  • Cabins with private baths
  • Daily maid service
  • Preparation of salmon for shipment home

RESERVATIONS:  Reservations can be made by payment of 50% of the applicable rate and bed tax to Cutthroat Anglers.  The balance of the payment is due at least 60 days prior to scheduled arrival.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE to another year.  Deposits will be refunded if lodge is able to rebook your trip, less a $500 cancellation fee for cancellations that happen outside of 60 days prior to your trip start date.  There are no refunds for trips cancelled inside of 60 days from your scheduled trip start date.  It is strongly recommended that you purchase Trip Insurance for your trip to the lodge.  However, guests are encouraged to fully understand the coverage of such policies, which may be quite limited.  There are no refunds for missed days due to weather, flight delays or other events out of the lodge’s control.    

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:  Your experience will begin as you depart Anchorage around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 to arrive at the lodge via flight arrangements to King Salmon.  You will be able to fish Thursday through Monday, July 7, when you’ll prepare for a 6:30-7:30 p.m. return trip to Anchorage. (schedules may change a bit but we’ll get you home!)  ROUND TRIP AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN ANCHORAGE AND KING SALMON  IS INCLUDED IN COST OF THE TRIP.


ALCOHOL:  The lodge will supply wine and beer, but you are welcome to bring any hard liquor with you if you choose. 


LAUNDRY:  The lodge has a washer and drier that you can make use of.

THE SETTING:  The advantages of staying at Bear Trail Lodge include its location in the heart of the Bristol Bay watershed, its presence on the Naknek River, and the convenience of flying out to “limited access” rivers in the Katmai National Park and Preserve.  Those considerations help insure that your fishing day will be filled with adventure and excitement. It is especially noteworthy that fly-outs are included in the package price.

King Salmon usually like the Alaskan weatherYour day of fishing for king salmon willstart at around 6:00 a.m., with a hearty, made to order breakfast.  You will depart the lodge at about 7:00 a.m.  You’ll either simply walk down to the lodge’s boat ramp and spend the day fishing from one of the lodge’s large, comfortable boats or board a van for a 5-minute drive to Branch River Air for fly outs.


The lodge establishes a camp on the Nushagak to facilitate angling.  Fishing there is primarily via walk and wade.  In contrast, fishing on the Naknek is mainly from a boat, although Bear Trail also fishes some of the creeks off the Naknek that is more of a walk and wade situation, as are selected fly outs.


Fishing is wrapped up around 5:00 p.m.  Afterwards, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy a cold Alaska brew or various wines (that are included in the price of your package), share tall tales of the day with other guests, and enjoy dinner beginning at 7:30 p.m.

MASSAGE THERAPY:  The lodge has a massage therapist available.


ACTIVITIES FOR THE NON-ANGLER:  The lodge has some excellent day trip destinations that offer outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing and as much or as little fishing as a visitor might enjoy.  One of them is Brooks Falls, in Katmai National Park, which offers bear viewing and a visitor center and can easily be previewed on line. 

Additional details can be found at We encourage you to contact Mitch or Jim at the shop (970-262-2878 or for assistance in booking this or any destination trip. Remember that it costs no more to arrange your destination travel through Cutthroat Anglers.