The Kvichak River stretches for 50 miles across southwestern Alaska, from Lake Iliamma down to Kvichak Bay, and almost all 50 of those miles offer excellent fishing. Anglers on the Kvichak might even land the rare and treasured Trophy Rainbow Trout, as well as all five species of Pa-cific Salmon: chinook (also called king), coho, sockeye, chum, and pink. Other fish species found in Kvichak River include dolly varden/arctic char and arctic grayling.
If you choose only one Alaskan fishing destination, the Kvichak River is ideal. There is endless daylight, with summer days nearly 24 hours long. This river is sparsely populated, so there is plenty of private space to get away from crowds. Staying at a lodge right on the river is your best bet for amenities. They have local guides eager to transport you by seaplane or jet boat to the best fishing spots and ensure your success.
Starting in late May, when the ice breaks along the river, is the best time to catch Trophy Rainbow Trout up to 30 inches long. This beautiful trout is catch and release only. Different varieties of salmon are abundant from June through August. Millions of fish make their way up the Kvichak River to lay their eggs during these months. During peak times, it’s not unusual for tens of thousands of fish to swim by in an hour. The Kvichak River is a fishing paradise with clear waters and strong currents.