GOOD­NEWS RIVER LODGE

Sport Fishing - - ELECTRONICS -

907-967-2006 This off-the-beaten-path desti­na­tion on the south­west coast of the main­land serves up pri­vacy and plenty of shots at tro­phy-size king salmon. AC­CESS: A two-hour flight from An­chor­age on a DC-3 goes di­rectly to the lodge. AC­COM­MO­DA­TIONS: Fif­teen cab­ins cater to a max of 24 an­glers, with choices of sin­gle or dou­ble oc­cu­pancy. SPORT-FISH­ING FLEET: Thir­teen guides uti­lize 15 jet boats and three drift boats from 17 to 19 feet equipped with 115- to 150 hp out­boards. TACKLE AND BAITS: Spin gear matched to quarry sizes and a full com­ple­ment of fly rods and reels. Pre­ferred spin lures in­clude Jr. Thun­derSticks, Brad’s Wig­glers and Ra­zors; fly pat­terns in­clude a va­ri­ety of stream­ers and sur­face pop­pers. PRI­MARY FISH­ING GROUNDS: Good­news Bay, where the Ber­ing Sea meets the Good­news River, and up­river within three min­utes of the lodge. TAR­GETED SPECIES: All five salmon species plus grayling. King salmon fre­quently run more than 40 inches. SEA­SON: Kings, reds (sock­eye) and chums end of June to mid-July; pinks third and fourth week of July; sil­vers fourth week of July through mid-Septem­ber; trout and grayling year-round. RATES: $5,250 to $6,950 per per­son per week, which in­cludes the DC-3 flight from An­chor­age. COM­MENTS: Due to its re­mote lo­ca­tion, these wa­ters are sel­dom fished by an­glers other than lodge guests, and there’s no com­mer­cial fish­ing in the area. Lodge owner Mike Gor­ton says, “We get huge num­bers of kings — as many as 40 to 50 a day, even on fly — and they tend to run large due to the ab­sence of com­mer­cial-fish­ing pres­sure.”

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