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Intricate Bay Lodge - Alaska

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2019 Rates
Combo Package - 3 Fly Outs
$7000 / Angler - Double Occupancy

2019 Rates
Executive Package - 5 Fly Outs
$8500 / Angler - Double Occupancy

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About The Lodge

Intricate Bay Lodge is one of Alaska’s best fishing lodge with boat access to world renowned home waters of the Copper and Gibraltar Rivers, designated Trophy Rainbow Trout areas and the largest sockeye salmon run in the world. Intricate Bay Lodge sits near the center of Lake Iliamna, a major destination for the millions of sockeye salmon that help make Bristol Bay North America’s most exulted rainbow region. Book an amazing week at this high end Alaskan Fishing Lodge with carpeted guest rooms and private baths, Wi-Fi and an in-deck hot tub. You will experience unrivaled personal service and attention, along with all the amenities you’d expect in a fine hotel. Guests also eat well at Intricate Bay. In addition to the inevitable surf and turf, the kitchen produces bacon-wrapped caribou medallions, an excellent rack of lamb and if guests are game, a pizza night.

Intricate Bay Lodge is nestled in the prime location on Bristol Bay. Most lodges in the region require daily fly-out because they are not situated near good local fishing. When the weather turns, this can be a serious drawback. By contrast, the home waters of Intricate Bay Lodge include two world-class rivers: the Copper and the Gibraltar. You get the best of both worlds; not only is the fishing excellent nearby, but the location is also very close to many “fly-out” rivers, and that means shorter flights. We can land you on the rivers and streams of Katmai National Park including the Moraine, Funnel, Battle, American rivers, also Kvichak River, New Halen River and Talarik River. Of course, the Copper and Gibraltar are the most famous, especially when targeting big rainbow trout, but we believe our guests should have the chance to see and experience the tremendous fishing diversity of the entire Bristol Bay / Lake Iliamna area; consequently, we frequently make trips to target species like rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, lake trout, pike, and Pacific salmon.

Early season conditions can vary depending upon the size of the previous winter. A heavy snow pack produces high water, while a light one means low, clear conditions. Either way, June is a great time to target rainbows in the Illiamna region. Coming out of their winter dormancy and spawning period, the rainbows are anxious to fill their empty bellies. A favorite style of fishing this time of year is sight-fishing for large trout, using dry flies and mouse patterns.

Early July produces epic days of dry fly fishing. Historically, by the second week of July, the largest sockeye salmon runs found anywhere in the world occur in this region. The sockeye – rated by many anglers as the strongest salmon pound for pound – will make for countless fish-fighting memories. Nymphs and streamers can be productive during July, with many of the larger fish taken on bugger and sculpin patterns.

August: Rainbow feeding frenzy begins! Sockeye salmon start to spawn, leaving a scent in the water that ignites voracious rainbow trout. As the spawning accelerates throughout the month, more and more food invites brutish, big-shouldered rainbows from Lake Illiamna to stack up in the rivers, presenting anglers with the best chance of the year for a true trophy. As if that weren’t enough line-ripping excitement, this is also silver salmon time, with the run beginning in early August and finishing in September.

September is probably the best month in all of Alaska to really go after trophy trout. While the weather can be challenging, this is when the largest numbers of big lake rainbows come into area rivers. The fish know this is their last chance to pack on weight for the long winter ahead. The rainbows are still extremely aggressive toward salmon eggs and will chase a flesh fly with reckless abandon. In fact, they are willing to gorge themselves on just about anything you pass in front of them.