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Explore Freshwater Fishing


It's hard to imagine anything more fun than fighting a big fresh-run salmon on light tackle in a shallow river small enough you can wade across - and in a more picturesque setting than Kodiak, Alaska!

kodiak alaska salmon fishing

We have six different freshwater locations to target. All are 5-15 minute flights from the lodge. The lodge owns its own floatplane, allowing us unprecedented access and flexibility. Rivers are highly regulated on Kodiak, and we are lucky to have permits on all of the best locations. These regulations ensure a pristine wilderness experience, rather than the crowds of “combat fishing on the mainland. Be sure to request that your guide prepare a “shore lunch where your guide takes one of your freshly caught fish and prepares a delicious meal over a fire on right on the riverbank. Forget “Farm to Table. It does not get any fresher than “River to BBQ in ten minutes!

Many lodges in Alaska advertise that they have five species of salmon to entice fisherman. ...And yes, Larsen Bay does have all five species, if you're counting. But in reality, there are only three that are considered desirable and avidly pursued by most fishermen in Alaska. The three highly prized salmon species are King (Chinook), Sockeye (red) and Silver (coho) Salmon. We have both early and late summer runs of sockeye, meaning that this delicious, rich, red fish is available all summer long. Kings tend to be earlier in the summer, and silvers later. Kings and silvers are also caught by trolling on the saltwater.

Silver Salmon (Coho)

Silvers are the second largest salmon species and have an average size of 10-12 lbs., but we catch them up to 20 lbs. or more. Silver Salmon flesh is more orange than red, and it has a mild flavor, with the firm flesh that is typical of the top three types of Alaska wild salmon. It is a favorite for grilling.

Red Salmon (Sockeye)

Most people agree that the Red salmon is the best table fare and a hard fighter pound for pound.

Salmon Facts
Proper Name
King Red Silver Humpy Dog
25 - 30 lbs 5 - 8 lbs 15 - 20 lbs 3 - 5 lbs 1 - 15 lbs
30" - 40" 20" - 26" 25" - 30" 20" - 26" 22" - 28"
Table Fare Very Good Great! Great! Poor Poor
Comments Biggest Best Eating Most
Not highly
sought after
Not highly
sought after

Besides the all mighty salmon, freshwater catches include Artic Char and several varieties of trout such as steelhead, rainbows, and Dolly Varden. The anadromous Dolly Varden are extremely abundant and like its close relative, the Eastern brook trout, the Dolly Varden is excellent eating, having excellent pink meat. It is also one of the prettiest native fish in Alaska! This colorful and feisty little fish range in size from 12-24 inches and typically weigh 1-6 lbs. Dolly Varden are not picky and will usually strike almost anything the angler offers. We often catch Dollies on the beach in front of the lodge. If you haven’t had enough fishing for the day, grab a pole after dinner and head down to the beach.

We provide all the spinning gear, boots and waders. We also have a few fly-rods for those wanting to try out this popular method. For hardcore flly fishermen, we recommend bringing your own gear.

FLY ROD 10 wgt. 6-8 wgt. 7-8 wgt. 3-5 wgt. 7 wgt.
LINE TYPE Sink tip
Sink tip
to 200 grain
Floating or Sink
300 to 400
12# test
floating or
sink tip
TIPPET 12-20 lb. 10-12 lb. 14 lb. 6-10 lb. 12 lb.

No matter whether you are a fly fisherman or prefer spinning tackle, fish freshwater or saltwater, use the floatplane or one of the boats in our fleet to access the fishing, you can't beat the variety, convenience, comfort, beauty, and diverse wildlife found at Larsen Bay Lodge on mystical Kodiak Island, Alaska! Experience the adventure!


No other place in Alaska invokes the mystery, adventure, and
excitement of Kodiak Island - known worldwide for
BIG salmon, BIG halibut, and BIG bears!