“This was my third time at the Nush. Thanks to the wonderful staff of Hank and Gus at camp and John’s amazing fishing skills we had the trip of a lifetime! Can’t wait to come again!”
“My family and I have fished at other camps on the river for the past 13 years – this was by far the best experience we have had – everyone was great to work with, the food was amazing, and everybody made our experience wonderful. We will be going back again next year, and the next year, and the next year.”
“I fished the Nush this summer. Definitely the trip of a lifetime! Loved the crew, tent camp, and all the great pictures and memories we made!”
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Alaska’s state fish, the coveted King salmon (Chinooks), is by far the most desired salmon Alaska has to offer. They’re the largest and scarcest of the five species of Alaska salmon, bearing the highest amounts of Omega-3 oils of all Alaskan salmon.
Kings are available from May to September, with runs on the Nushagak peaking in late June and July. Although King Salmon are available in all regions of the state, the biggest runs occur in the Nushagak River. The Nushagak River flows 280 miles out of the Alaskan Range to Bristol Bay. Along its 280 miles, the “Nush” picks up many salmon breeding tributaries, including the Mulchatna, Nuyakuk and King Salmon Rivers, these and dozens of smaller tributaries, make the Nushagak River drainage the best salmon fishing in Alaska. The Nush River Camp is located on the most sought after piece of riverside property anywhere in Alaska. Join us for to experience King Salmon fishing like you have only dreamed about.
Kings are fished for in both fresh and salt water, with the best fishing occurring in the large, long rivers that they spawn in. Averaging 18-30 lbs, the chinook can reach 80 lbs or more in some river systems and represents the pinnacle of the North American freshwater fishing experience.
The adult King Salmon is a handsome, robust looking fish with many small black spots or blotches sprinkled along the gun-metal blue back and fins. The tail fin or caudal fin is spotted from top to bottom, which differentiates it from the coho, which is only spotted on the upper half of the tail. It also has a black gum and mouth lining; coho internal mouth linings are gray or white. Spawning adults lose their bright silvery coloration or take on a maroon or olive-brown coloration, with males looking darker than females. Spawning males will also develop a hooked snout and slightly humped shoulder which is absent in spawning females. The closer the fish are to actual spawning, the darker their coloration becomes.
The giant King Salmon was designated the state fish of Alaska in 1962 (also called Chinook salmon, spring salmon, quinnat, tyee, tule, and blackmouth salmon).
How many fish can I keep?
You are allowed to keep up to 1 adult King per day (over 28 inches) according to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Regulations and can take home 4 from the Nushagak per year. That being said, you can fish for as many as you would like as long as you release the fish your don’t keep and make sure you don’t take them out of the water when unhooking them.
Well-established grounds just footsteps away from one of the best fishing holes in Alaska.
Limited Access Waters
Home Cooked Meals
Weatherproof Platform Tents
Average Catch = 25 lbs.
Full Functioning Restrooms
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More king salmon return to the Nushagak than any other river in Alaska,
with more than 100,000 arriving in June and July every year.
There’s a reason 90% of our guests are repeat anglers or referred by someone else that’s been here.
If you are looking for the best King Salmon fishing experience, you found it.
Call us now and check availability. We sell out early every year. 800-458-6539