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Fishing

Silver Salmon Creek Lodge was founded on the services of sport fishing in the early 1980’s and we have honored that tradition by continuing to offer world-class fishing for salmon, dolly varden and halibut. Our 40 acre in-holding within coastal Lake Clark National Park offers the perfect setting for anglers wishing to experience the thrill of fly and spin fishing for three species of pacific salmon, with our 29 foot charter boat Stormy Skye offering access to the finest halibut grounds in Cook Inlet. Several tidally affected, clear streams make their short passage from their headwaters in the Chigmit Mountains, emptying into Cook Inlet, where the returning salmon and dolly varden re-discover the natal routes to their spawning grounds.

These ecosystems provide a perfect rearing habitat, with healthy sustainable returns resulting in fishing excellence along the riparian banks and tidal estuaries. We rarely fish more than a half of a mile from the salt water. Silver Salmon Creek is aptly named, due to the most coveted of all five salmon species, the aggressive, acrobatic and hard-fighting coho, or silver salmon. The silvers typically begin their run in late July, with fishing opportunities excellent well into September.

This fishery, with its signature run of chrome-bright salmon fresh from the ocean, attracts anglers world-wide, and our professional guides ensure every effort is made to maximize your chances of success. Prior to the silvers, we see healthy runs of chum and pink salmon providing an exciting supplement to the fishing variety available at Silver Salmon. The itineraries are flexible and tailored to your preferences, fishing styles and desired time in the field. At times fishing can last until well into the evening, breaking only for meals, or to let the occasional bear pass through the fishing hole.

The close proximity of the lodge to the fishing grounds lends itself to an informal atmosphere and avoids long treks to distant watersheds, although a popular diversion when interest and time allows is taking an exciting boat ride to fish Shelter Creek or other salmon-bearing streams. Conditions are also optimal for the challenging sport of catching salmon on the top water. Dry fly fishing enthusiasts and novices in this effort will thoroughly enjoy the explosive responses of top water hook-ups.

After a day’s fishing, a popular evening activity is tying up flies in our lounge, experimenting and in search of that nuanced pattern that makes it the perfect “flavor for the week.” For those wishing to retain fish, our lodge limit is two salmon per day and our guides prepare your fish and vacuum seal them in our professional sealer, at a charge of $1/lb.

We also have shipping boxes which typically hold about 30 pounds, for shipping your fish home.

Fishing licenses are sold at the lodge and rod rentals for both fly and spin gear are available. A suggested ‘What to Bring’ list for fly fishermen should include:

  • 7-8 wt fly rod, matching reel with at least 50 yards of backing
  • Medium sink tip line
  • Floating line
  • Fluorocarbon leaders (10 to 16# test, 3-5’ length)
  • Full length waders (optional), jacket, wading shoes (aggressive lug soles, no felt)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Suggested fly patterns.

We can also help arrange custom fly-outs for rainbow trout in the Bristol Bay watershed and grayling just north of the strikingly beautiful Chigmit Mts. Call us for details.

Cook Inlet is well known for its exceptional halibut fishing and basing your deep-sea fishing adventure from Silver Salmon Creek Lodge is nothing short of exciting and rewarding. Being able to access key halibut grounds with less than a one hour boat ride and often fishing in isolated areas, we do our halibut fishing in comfort, enjoying the heated cabin and large forward deck of the Stormy Skye. All gear is provided, including new Avet reels, terminal tackle and bait. Daily limits are two fish per person.

We cater to all ages, skill level and methods of fishing. The guides at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge are experienced, knowledgeable of local conditions, and work hard to position you for a very rewarding angling experience, optimizing your chances of creating lasting memories of your Alaskan fishing adventure.