by Michael Bales – Head Guide for Alaska Rainbow Lodge
In our last few BLOGs we have moved through the fishing season in Bristol Bay and Katmai National Park. This time we look at Mid August thru September. The last weeks of the fishing season can be quite exciting in Bristol Bay and the surrounding tributaries. Sockeye Salmon are spawning, spawned or starting to spawn. By mid to late August, the Rainbow Trout are now in full “Gorge Mode”, eating as many salmon eggs as possible to prepare for the long winter ahead. Bead and flesh imitating fly fishing continues to be good across the region. You’ll have excellent silver salmon fishing. Some of my key fisheries to visit during late August into September are below:
Day One, Two and Three – Moraine Creek – this is a well known and well documented stream that flows from Spectacle Lake in the tundra to Kukaklek Lake. This utopian stream is famous for its large rainbow trout. Rainbow over 24″ are relatively common on this fishery. This is a destination water for anyone considering an Alaskan fishing trip for Rainbows. There are three sections to target, each section a full day’s fishing.