Pound for pound the Sockeye Salmon is Alaska's heavyweight champion. The most streamlined of all Pacific Salmon, it also boasts a semi forked tail resembling a saltwater fish. Once hooked these attributes come front and center in the form of arial acrobatics, tail walking, and blistering runs into the backing. Our most popular beat to target these fish is only a few miles upriver from the salt, so each one is hot to trot, chrome bright, and typically covered in sea lice.
Here at Goodnews River Lodge we are always looking to the future, and different ways to protect these waters, with a main focus on maintaining a healthy and sustainable watershed. For these reasons we have enacted a Catch & Release policy on King Fishing since 2015, and lowered the amount of Sockeye and Coho take home from 50lbs to 25lbs per guest.
With the run increasing dramatically over the last 3 years, the Sockeye fishing during July can only be described as "Lights Out." Take a sunny afternoon off from chasing Kings, and come see what the Goodnews River Rodeo is all about.