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Nushagak River Fishing Lodge

Alaska Salmon Lodge


Best Alaska Fishing Lodge Reviews

We just finished a week of world-class fishing on the Nush with Rick Murphy and his very professional Nushagak River Fishing Lodge guides and staff. Rick is a straight-shooter and great communicator who owns/runs one heck of a lodge on the banks of a tremendous Alaskan fishery. I spoke/emailed with him many times in setting up this trip and all the promises he made, he kept, and all the recommendations he made were right on point.
Having spent my high school years in Anchorage in the 80s (and my first job working for a bush pilot on Lake Hood), I’ve fished all around southern AK from the Copper to the Susitna drainages…spent many a day on the Kenai, the Russian, and all the well-known rivers. I’d never fished Bristol Bay, so I didn’t realize until now what I’d been missing out on! With four couples in our party, we caught over 200 Kings in the five days that we fished! The average size King may be a bit smaller than the Kenai, but that kind of action is unheard of in just about any King salmon fishery!
Not only is the fishing awesome, but the amenities are terrific as well. The cabins are clean and well maintained and flush toilets & hot showers are a great addition that you don’t often find out in the bush. The staff takes care of everything from laundry/maid service in your cabin, to boat/rod/bait preparation, to salmon cleaning, vacuum packing and freezing, to preparing world class meals three times a day.
If you’re looking to have a set of sore arms from fighting more big fish in a day than you thought possible and a sore belly from eating too much King Crab at night after fishing, check out Nushagak River Fishing Lodge…you won’t be sorely disappointed!

Geoff Maki 385-695-9033

My wife Barbara and two good fishing buddies joined me for a week in August for silvers. Despite an unexpected amount of rain, we still had a tremendous time and caught more fish than we anticipated. Rick and the entire staff were warm, accommodating and genuine. Our guide Dallas did everything you’d expect from a professional guide. He was conscientious, very hard-working but most of all very personable. We all left with plenty of expertly filleted vacuum sealed frozen fish, and an abundance of wonderful memories. After 50 years of fishing throughout Alaska, the Nushagak River Fishing Lodge is the ONE lodge I’d recommend to anyone that wants a truly Alaskan fishing experience. I look forward to returning for King season.

Doug Luiten 907-333-6632


What a extraordinary stay we had at your camp. I have laid down on you tube my fight with my 36 ponder. My son caught a 32 ponder and I will send you a picture. The food made by Max, your chef, was really good. Even if we according to our guide, Stephan, caught between 600 and 700 kings it was much more, than we ever had dreamt of, we put on weight, thanks to Max amazing food. The cleaning was at the level of a five star hotel.
My asthma would like another stay at your lodge next year at the silver salmon season. At what time can we come, and what is the price for 5 days?


Well, another ho hum GREAT year at the Nushagak River Fishing Lodge with Rick Murphy, Chip Ryan an too many to mention excellent employees of Rick!!! Between hunting and fishing in AK, too many years to count, this place is by far the best!! 2010 was my fourth year in a row and I will never go any place else. We have never failed to catch our limit by noon which leaves the rest of the day for whatever you want to do including more fishing (catch and release). Another pleasant feature this year, although painful, was a bad back and being about to fish out of a chair which did not diminish the number of Silvers caught at all. And on top of all this is very comfortable lodging and EXCELLENT food!! Rick’s staff works VERY hard to satisfy and more importantly, they succeed. PS Another huge highlight of this year was a 14lb Rainbow Trout I caught while fishing for Silvers.

Tom wignstad
(Feel free to call me if you have any questions, before 5 P.M. 801-571-3519)


Like many in the lower 48, I grew up dreaming about the wild country of Alaska. Flipping through dad’s copy of Outdoor Life and Fly Fisherman, I visualized myself swept away to the land of giant bears, big rivers, and wild salmon. I spent many hours and made multiple phone calls in my search of the best operation to meet this dream, ultimately ending with Rick and Nelda Murphy and Chip Ryan on the Nushagak. I am very pleased to report that dreams do come true!!! I could not have hoped for a better experience than that provided by the group. Outstanding facility, highly professional and personable staff, great gear, and top notch meals are just the beginning. The only crowds you will see are the numerous eagles jocking for position on the gravel bars waiting for their next salmon dinner. And the fishing… incredible!!! Several 100+silvers on my fly rod!!! Smoking hot, chrome bright, and ready to fight, the silvers are amazing. And then there are rainbows, grayling, and char. You will not find a better opportunity to make your Alaska dreams come true than Nushagak River Fishing Lodge. I know I am already dreaming of my next trip; I can’t wait!!!



Of all the Alaska rivers we have fished, from the Southeast past Cordova to down the Alaska Peninsula, the Nushagak has produced five-star Coho fishing every year. Rick and Nelda Murphy have put together a top-notch package of lodging, eating, equipment, and knowledgable guides that cannot be beat. We will be back again and again.

John Drawz, Glenn Purdue, and Alan Maclin, Minneapolis lawyers


I have had the pleasure of enjoying five (5) wonderful fishing trips with Rick Murphy at the Nushagak River Fishing Lodge. If you enjoy catching fish, enjoying the Alaska wilderness, great camaraderie then you will greatly enjoy your adventure with Rick Murphy and the Nushagak River Fishing Lodge! My fishing dreams were fulfilled several times when I caught over on-hundred (100) silver salmon in one day! Catching an abundance of silver salmon, being in the great Alaska wilderness, great food and friends, and comfortable accommodations make the Nushagak River Fishing Lodge the best fishing adventure available today!



As you can see, our clients believe that we are the Best Alaska Fishing Lodge .. Hands Down! We go out of our way to make sure that you have the most amazing Alaskan Fishing Adventure you could ever dream of. It’s not just one thing that makes us the Best Alaska Fishing Lodge you will find, it is a combination of things. Our accommodations, meals, guides, location, attention to detail, attitude, housekeeping, etc … they all add up to an experience you will remember for a lifetime.