A tributary of the Kuskokwim River, the Kisaralik River offers the opportunity for an extended, 100-mile float through the beautiful scenery of western Alaska. The river headwaters at Kisaralik Lake, nestled among the peaks of the Wood River Mountains. It then winds its way through picturesque valleys surrounded by the upland foothills of the Kilbuck and Sawtooth Mountains, into fish-filled braided channels with islands covered in alder and cottonwood, through the broad alluvial plain of the Kuskokwim River.
Spectacular scenery is just the beginning of what the Kisaralik has to offer. Below Kisaralik Lake in the upper river, the fishing for char and grayling is excellent. Chinook, chum, and coho salmon all spawn in the Kisaralik and its tributaries, and healthy populations of fat rainbows occupy the middle and lower sections of the river, ready to gorge on salmon eggs and flesh.
Large, hard-fighting chinook are the first salmon to arrive, spreading into the middle sections of the river in late June and early July. Chum salmon—vastly underrated as a sport fish, they are great fun on a fly rod!—follow closely behind the chinook, offering excellent opportunities for salmon, char, and rainbows throughout July.
August can bring cooler temperatures, shorter days, and coho salmon. The coho begin entering the lower river in early August, migrating up into the middle and lower river seeking out their spawning grounds. Aggressive strikers and hard fighters, coho are arguably the best fly rod fish in Alaska, and the Kisaralik offers lots of great water to fish for them. Rainbows and char also go into overdrive, trying to stock up on food before winter descends.
Beauty, solitude, and great fishing combine to make a trip down the Kisaralik unforgettable.
Below you will find the trip offerings for the 2020 season. Please contact us with any questions you have about the trips, or just to talk fishing! Remote Waters is a small operation, and that provides us with the opportunity to tailor our trips to suit your group. We offer a deluxe version of the trip with a support gear boat as well, call or email to find out more about this option.
Kisaralik Wilderness Float – 11 Days – $
5100 – Rates Reduced for 2020! $4335 (Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Please inquire about single bookings.)
July 5 – July 15, 2020
Hungry rainbows, plentiful grayling and the upriver migration of spawning chinook kick off the float season on the Kisaralik. There are also opportunities to target chum salmon and char, and nearly endless hours of daylight to fish, lounge around the campfire and enjoy the solitude and scenery of the river.
July 19 – July 29, 2020
Some of the best rainbow fishing of the year can be had in late July. The salmon are just starting to spawn, but the rainbow’s are still looking for big meals to recover from the trials of a long winter, spawning and spring run-off. Big streamers swung, stripped or drifted can produce big takes and large ‘bows. Furry top-water patterns can provide some excitement too! And there are still some opportunities to target chinook and chum that haven’t moved onto their redds.
August 2 – August 12, 2020
Early August brings the first coho into the lower reaches of the Kisaralik, bright and ready for a fight. Char are distributed throughout the middle and upper river feeding relentlessly on salmon eggs. In the middle river, leopard-spotted rainbows join the egg banquet, but also keep an eye open for larger meals, above or below the surface. And, of course, grayling throughout the river keep the action fast and varied.