Our season begins with the arrival of the mighty King salmon in mid June, along with outstanding fishing for Rainbow Trout and Grayling. Along with the Kings, Chum and Sockeye salmon move into the river by the thousands in early July. Mid July also brings the arrival of the sea-run Dolly Varden, and in even numbered years, also sees the arrival of the Pink, or "Humpy" salmon. The "Grand Slam" season, catching all 5 species of pacific salmon in a single day, hits it's peak the last week of July and the first week of August.
In August the Goodnews River turns Silver; Silver Salmon that is. The first silvers enter the river by the last week of July, and just keep pouring in until after the camp closes in early September. Rainbows and Dollys follow the salmon upriver and are easy to find as they feast on the banquet of salmon eggs. Many of our repeat guests come back every August for the combination of Silvers, Rainbows and Dollys.
Most guests choose to visit the Goodnews River Lodge based on the species availability. Here is a handy little chart to help you plan your visit for 2019. Bold type denotes peak fishing.
June 19-26 Kings, Chums, Rainbows, Grayling
June 26- July 3 Kings, Chums, Sockeye, Rainbows, Grayling
July 3 - 10 Kings, Chums, Sockeye, Rainbows, Dolly Varden
July 10 - 17 Kings, Chums, Sockeye, Rainbows, Dolly Varden
July 17 - 24 Kings, Rainbows, Dolly Varden, Chums, Sockeye
July 24 - July 31 Grand Slam, Silvers, Rainbows, Dolly Varden
July 31 - Aug 7 Silvers, Grand Slam, Rainbows, Dolly Varden
Aug 7 - 14 Silvers, Rainbows, Dolly Varden
Aug 14 - 21 Silvers, Rainbows, Dolly Varden
Aug 21 - 28 Silvers, Rainbows, Dolly Varden
Aug 28 - Sept 4 Silvers, Rainbows, Dolly Varden
Sept 4 - 11 Silvers, Rainbows, Dolly Varden