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Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge
Cusack's Alaska Lodge

Details

  • Fresh Water
  • Season

    June - September
  • The 2015 rate is $5800 for 7 nights lodging and 6 days of guided fishing. Single anglers are ok. Additional is the charter from Illiamna.
  • Number of guests

    The lodge takes 6 anglers per week.
  • Species:
    • Rainbow Trout
    • Silver Salmon

Cusack's Alaska Lodge

United States >> Alaska >> Copper River
Fishing and Species
Trout fishing is the backbone of the fishing program, but the diversity of species in the immediate waters makes this a full meal deal Alaskan experience. Fishing is centered around the angler’s preferences. Float planes, jet boats, rafts and ATVs are all options to access the remarkable fishing. The season begins in June at the opening of trout season with hungry fish and long days. By July 4 there are literally tens of thousands of sockeye entering the Illiamna basin. By August, the run is measured in the millions and that’s when 3 other species of salmon arrive: Silver, Pink and Chums. In addition, there are Dollys and Char. By September, the rainbows are in their prime and so are the fall colors. A unique option that Cusack's offers is a 3 day, 2 night campout float trip.

Cusack's Lodge is situated on the Alaska Peninsula 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, between Lake Clark National Park and Katmai National Monument. This enviable location is within short striking distance of a wealth of fisheries, including the Gibraltar and Copper Rivers. Arguably the most beautiful streams in the 49th state, these are the ultimate destinations for rainbow trout anglers. Designated as Alaska's only "trophy fishing area," the region annually produces quality rainbow, arctic grayling and arctic char, and boasts five species of salmon. These fly-fishing only streams play host to the world's largest sockeye salmon run.

Cusack's family-owned and operated facilities provide guests with relaxation and safety in the rugged wilderness. The main building is a unique two-story log lodge positioned to capture spectacular views of the landscape. Rooms with en suite bathrooms are maintained daily and include lake views, welcome baskets, and luxurious bedding. In the dining room, guests savor a magnificent view of the lake and meals worthy of metropolitan buzz. From social pre-dinner drinks and appetizers, to the traditional wood sauna and even high-speed wireless internet, Cusack’s is a remarkably civilized place amidst the absolute wilderness.

Bob Cusack has spent the past 40-plus years logging countless air miles in Alaska from the seat of a floatplane, the vast majority being in the Iliamna/Katmai region. His safety record is unblemished, and his reputation as a bush pilot exceptional. He has flown his anglers into every known fishery in the area, as well as a few not-so-well-known. With the knowledge that only experience can bring, he can tell you when the first salmon will show up in each river, where the largest rainbows wait to inhale your feathered offerings, how to present your dry fly to rising grayling, and where to throw a mouse fly to provoke a strike from a monster northern pike. Bob and his crew of experienced guides work hard to give you the opportunity for a new fishing adventure every day of your fishing week. They are a short boat ride from the legendary Copper River and its legions of trophy rainbows, and a quick flight in Bob's Cessna 185 or Piper Super Cub to one of several other nearby prolific trout streams. You can fish small streams with dry flies, catching mid-sized rainbows all day long; dead drift egg patterns to visible trophy trout and char hanging behind acres of spawning salmon; swing streamers through larger runs for arm-jerking grabs; or even take a longer, spectacularly beautiful flight across the coastal mountains to fish an isolated river full of ocean-bright salmon and sea-run dollys. And for those who want to really mix it up, Bob can arrange for a day of fishing for big northern pike, fish which assault floating poppers with mind-blowing aggressiveness. Finally, for the intrepid and adventurous angler, there is the option for a multi-day float trip on the seldom-seen upper reaches of the Copper River. This is an experience that many consider the highlight of their Alaskan experience, catching big rainbows in small water, and truly immersing themselves in the Alaskan wilderness.