Fish Alaska's 2016 Fishing Report 
for the Kvichak River

Check back for updates from around the state all summer! Submit your local fishing reports here, be sure to include all pertinent information.
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Naknek River Camp
Kvichak River
August 2 to August 9, 2016

The Naknek, Kvichak , and Alagnak rivers are starting their migration of silver salmon. If you can avoid the massive schools of chums and pinks, there are silvers hiding. You can also embrace the chums or pinks, and have fun catching fish that fight hard and are eager to bite. We have been doing well with pink dolly llama flies for all of these salmon; casting them towards the banks and giving big strips. Trout fishing in the Naknek river and fly-out rivers has been hot with spawning pinks and kings giving out enough eggs to get the rainbow trout, arctic char, and arctic grayling keyed in on eggs. Casting sink tips with sculpin or leech patterns has also been productive for trout species. Casts for pikes have been paying off as well with multiple 40-plus inchers caught this week. 

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Naknek River Camp
Naknek River
July 13 to July 20, 2016

Sockeye continue to run in the Naknek River and sister rivers, the Kvichak and Alagnak. Even though it is past its peak, limits of fresh fish are still being caught. Kings have stopped running in the river, but are in staging areas and still biting. The kings should continue to be good fishing until season closes with plenty of large fish being caught in the 30-40 pound range, and even some breaking 40-pounds. Fishing streamers for rainbows has been great with large rainbows in the high 20’s being caught regularly and those hawg 30-inchers still making appearances.  Small tributaries across Bristol Bay have begun to host spawning of king and chum salmon leading to great bead fishing.

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Naknek River Camp
Kvichak River

June 25 to July 2, 2016

Lower rivers below lakes are ahead of schedule for water levels because of early thaw and spring showing up to 21⁄2­feet of extra water (i.e. the Naknek, Alagnak, and Kvichak rivers).