A: McDougall Lodge is located 65 miles NW of Anchorage, right on the edge of Denali National Park. It’s about a 35 minute float-plane flight out of Anchorage. There isn’t a road around for 65 miles, and that’s a good thing. Fewer modes of transportation helps cut back on the crowds you experience down south!
Q: What do your packages include?
A: Our all inclusive fishing packages include fully guided fishing, rods, reels and tackle, lodging and meals. We’ll also fillet, freeze and vacuum pack your catch.
Q: What is not included in your packages?
A: You are responsible for purchasing your own fishing license, paying for the float-plane flight and for gratuities. We take care of everything else.
Q: How many fish can we harvest on Lake Creek?
A: During King Salmon season you are allowed to keep one King Salmon per day, for a total of five each year. Once you harvest a King Salmon you are not allowed to fish for Kings any longer that day. You would then target Rainbow Trout or Pike if you choose to continue fishing. During Sockeye, Silver, Chum and Pink Salmon season you are allowed to be in possession of three fish per day. Sometimes you are only allowed two Silver Salmon and one other species per day.
Q: How much fish can I take home with me?
A: Most of our clients will take home 50+ lbs of fish. The airlines allow two 50 lb pieces of luggage, so we recommend you bring one 50 lb bag full of clothing, etc. then you purchase an airline-approved fish box and fill that with 50 lbs of fish. This becomes your second piece of luggage. This way you don’t have to pay anything additional to take your fish back with you.
Q: How much does the float plane cost?
A: Approximately $240 round-trip per person, and we will schedule this flight for you. You just pay on the date of travel.
Q: How much is a fishing license?
A: Approximately $30.
Q: What kind of fish do we catch?
A: In Alaska, we have all five species of Pacific Salmon (Kings, Sockeye, Silver, Chum, Pinks), and Rainbow Trout. We also have a series of seven lakes that are within one mile of the lodge that are full of Pike.
Q: Are there any Steelhead?
A: No, not near McDougall Lodge.
Q: When is the best time to fish Lake Creek?
A: It depends on what you want to fish for. We start booking for kings at the end of May up until the first week of July. About July 20th, we start booking for Sockeye, Silver, Chum, and Pink Salmon. We get Rainbow Trout all summer long, but September is the prime time to catch large Rainbow Trout.
Q: Do you have a problem with the bears?
A: Not usually. We do have bears in our area, but it’s nothing like fishing on the Russian or Kenai. Usually if you see a bear, it’s going to be running from you. All of our guides carry firearms, so you don’t need to pack the bear spray.
Q: What about hunting?
A: We have great duck hunting after September first. We are not offering any other form of hunting.
Basic Fishing Information:
From the end of May until approximately June 15 we fish for King Salmon, primarily back-trolling or fishing off anchor, using qwik fish, plugs & spin-n-glows. We also throw some spinners.
From mid-June until the first week of July (the water drops) we will be primarily drift-fishing (corkie & yarn) or fly fishing for King Salmon.
From July 15 until the first week of August we primarily fish for Sockeye and Silver Salmon with a few Chums and Pinks.
King Season closes July 14th, but you can still catch some Kings, which gives you the opportunity to have Grand Slams (catching all five species of Pacific Salmon). During this period we are spin fishing and fly fishing. Eggs work well along with throwing spinners for catching Silver Salmon in the lower end of the river. Fly fishing is good beginning this time, until the second week of September.
By the 10th of August, Sockeye Salmon fishing slips off, but Silver, Chum and Pinks are in full force. During this period we offer excellent fly fishing using egg sucking leaches, pink bunny flies, popcycles, glow bugs and egg patterns. Spin fishing is also productive using #2-#5 spinners and eggs.
September first is the beginning of premier Rainbow Trout fishing. The Rainbows really gain weight during this time, and you can fly or spin fish using glow bugs, beads, flesh flies and egg patterns.