What to Expect in September
September fishing in Alaska is a time of transition in Bristol Bay and conditions can change on a daily basis. The first half of September will still offer excellent fishing for coho or silver salmon in the Naknek and Becharof drainages. Fly fishing with streamers and dry flies as well as spin fishing with jigs and spinners are all effective methods. Arctic Char fishing will enter our weekly fishing program, as these lake-run fish will start to stage at creek mouths and at Ugashik Narrows. Arctic Char in our region are very slow growing and can reach incredible sizes, with fish over thirty inches not uncommon! We still find Dolly Varden and grayling on our small stream fisheries as well and lots of amazing wildlife viewing. The coastal brown bears are so fat from eating salmon all season Katmai National Park puts on a “fat bear” contest.
The real draw for September anglers is the presence of massive rainbow trout. The Naknek will become a very consistent fishery in early September and continue until our season comes to a close.