SEASONS AND SPECIES
Rainbow Trout and Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Rainbow trout are one of the most beautiful fish found at Wildman Lodge. These fish are typically caught on top water. Guests enjoy small water brook fishing for rainbows in an intimate setting. Acrobatic and hard fighting, our rainbows can be caught and released all summer, from June through October. Steelhead are found during similar months at Wildman with most fish being targeted in May and early June, then again from mid-September through October. Ask us about our steelhead program as you will surely want to experience “Bering Sea Chrome”.
Arctic Char and Dolly Varden (Salvelinus alpinus)
The Arctic Char or Dolly Varden are one of Alaskas most underated fish. These colorful and extremely aggressive fish fill our rivers in numbers that are truly unfathomable. Until experienced, many don’t realize the Char can grow upwards of 30 inches and provide one of the best fighting experience an angler can imagine. Fisherman have many 100 fish days on our local river, with most fish averaging 15 to 25 inches. At the end of any given week, many of our guests have landed fish 28 to 36 inches. Our Char fishery is truly one you must see to believe. Trophy Char are best targeted June through October at Wildman Lodge. In 1990, our lodge owner, Butch King, caught the IGFA All-Tackle Record Dolly Varden weighing: 16lbs. 12oz.
Chinook “King” Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
The Chinook Salmon or “King” Salmon are primarily known for their great size and strength. The mighty Chinook is the largest member of the pacific salmon genre. Ranging anywhere from 15 to 55 pounds, these fish generally are a “pound a minute” when targeting them with a fly rod. Two handed fly fisherman enjoy swinging big, vibrant flies for Kings and much like the sockeye salmon, Kings are targeted in the June and July. Many anglers consider the Chinook the holy grail of all pacific salmon. The Chinook are prized for their high fat content and Omega-3’s.
Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)
The Sockeye Salmon or “Red” Salmon are Alaska’s most precious of the salmon species. Averaging anywhere from 6-12 pounds, Sockeye salmon flourish in our home river as well as our fly out destinations. These pacific salmon start their migration into our home and neiboring rivers in June and are best targeted in the June throughout July months. Known for their beautiful red meat, the Sockeye salmon is Alaska’s most sought after salmon for harvest.
Coho “Silver” Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)
The Coho or “Silver” Salmon are a specialty at Wildman. Home of the “Chrome Coho Magnum”, our fish typically range in the 12-18-pound class with many anglers releasing fish over the 20-pound mark. Year after Year our clients come from all over the world to experience the Coho on top water flies otherwise known as “poppers”. These aggressive fish tend to be acrobatic as well as hard fighting. The Coho Salmon is in our rivers from mid-August through September. These fish are delicately flavored with medium flakes and moderate fat content.
Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta)
The Chum or “Dog” Salmon are best known for their colorful purple and green tiger like markings which make for a beautiful picture. These powerful fish weigh 7 to 15 pounds, and are a most excellent fighting salmon especially when fished close to the salt water. The Chum are lower in fat than the Sockeye and Chinook, but the flesh is delicious and brightly colored.
Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)
Soon to follow the Chum are the Pink Salmon. It is the smallest of the Pacific Salmon family, but the Pink is also the most abundant. It is also an aggressive salmon and typically ranges anywhere from 3 to 5 pounds. These fish are best targeted in the July and early August. The ocean-bright pinks are tasty when eaten fresh, and their meat is softer than the other species of salmon.