Lake Kukaklek Katmai / Iliamna, Alaska
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Fishing Program

Big Ku Lodge has the enviable ability to reach four of the Katmai region’s top trophy trout streams by boat! The advantages this gives the hardcore angler are many, including the option to reach the best water in almost any weather; a price which is significantly less than the surrounding fly out lodges, and a section of home water which ranks among the best trophy trout beats in all of Alaska. This program enables great after hours fishing, the ability to reach some famous local waters first, and the ability to add on spur of the moment fly outs that are paid for on site. This is a “rainbow only” lodge, (they do not target salmon) with lots of fish in the 3-6 pound range as well as specimens that can top ten pounds. The fisign program for June and July also includes two fly out days and the August and September program includes one fly out day during the six days of fishing. This combination gives anglers a well rounded Alaskan fishing expereince. 

Big Ku Lodge is on the mainstem Kukaklek River, near its outlet from Kukaklek Lake. This is a great river, hosting runs of salmon and trout from early June through September, and is dead center in the finest trophy rainbow trout fishing in the world. In June, late August and September particularly, the Big Ku is at or near the top of every Alaska well informed angler’s list, with good numbers of 4-8 pound fish lying in its many shallow runs and riffles. It is, in particular, a superb streamer fishery, and literally only a stone’s throw from the front porch of the lodge. With long days, this is a great piece of water that you can walk and wade unguided after dinner. The wilderness location could not be better, offering striking views in all directions of river, lake, rolling tundra and nearby mountains. Grizzly bears often stroll nearby during the prolific sockeye salmon run, and there is always the chance to spot wolves, moose or caribou from your cabin door.

Big Ku Lodge uses open john boats or a large, covered-cabin inboard jet boat to ferry guests in comfort to any one of the available local streams (other than of course, the home water). The ride to most of the rivers is short, and your arrival often finds you first on the water. Having arrived to the stream of choice, you will either use a smaller jet sled to access the best water, or simply walk and wade, depending on the circumstances. Again for the 2017 season are two fly out days for all June and July guests and one fly out for for August and September guests. You also can add more fly- out days to your trip; the lodge host will help decide with you the night previous the best alternative, and arrange it with the Branhams. You simply pay for any such flights at the end of the week. Straightforward, and a wonderful option for those who would like to experience even more of the magnificent surrounding country and rivers.



Big Ku Lodge fishes four premier rainbow systems from the lodge via jet boat. These waters include Moraine Creek, Battle Creek, Little Ku and the home waters of the Big Ku. Technically the headwaters of the Alagnak, Big Ku is under private lease thus greatly limiting the pressure on one of Alaska’s best pieces of trophy tout water. On fly out days, guests can chosse from the many quality waters surrounding the greater Katmai Park region. While all five species of pacific salmon, arctic char, Dolly Varden, and grayling abound in the surrounding waters, Big Ku Lodge is first and foremost a lodge dedicated to providing their clientele with unparalleled trophy rainbow fly fishing. June and July anglers will have two fly out days included in the package price and August and September guests will fly out once during their stay. This will add even more options for anglers and show them more of the fantastic surroundings offered at Big Ku Lodge.