Salmon Fishing bearfoot adventures
Fishing Alaska bearfoot adventures
Alaska Fishing bearfoot adventures
Fishing Alaska bearfoot adventures

Welcome to Bearfoot Adventures!

Come join us for unique sport fishing adventure on the Mulchatna River. Located in the Bristol Bay area -of western Alaska, the Mulchatna River feeds the mighty Nushagak River, which boasts some of the highest salmon runs in the world. The Mulchatna River is a breeding ground for all five species of pacific salmon, as well as world-class rainbow trout – Dolly Varden, Grayling and Pike. As the only established lodge on the Muchatna River, you are guaranteed serenity with breathtaking views and easy access to the Koktuli and Stuyahok rivers. It’s not your normal fishing day…the experience and adventure, along with the people and the place will have you telling the greatest fish stories for years to come.

the fish

About Bearfoot Adventures!

Chet Benson, Owner and Master Guide

An entrepreneur at heart Chet Benson has over 20 years of hunting and fishing experience. As a certified Master Guide, he brings all his knowledge and dedication to the field, along with fun out-going personality in everything he does. Read more about Chet.


Our guides have a passion for what they do and are excited to meet you. Their technical ability and knowledge of fishing is the perfect match in the waters of Alaska, and specifically in the Mulchatna River. With years of experience in their waders, it’s not all about the catch and the release…learn about the fish you catch and the area you catch them in. Surrounded by the great wilderness you are fishing in, there is abundant wildlife and magnificent scenery – so bring your camera!


The fish

King (Chinook)

Run July 1-July 24;  A daily catch at Kautumn Lodge can exceed 10-20 fish per angler with five being pretty typical for most anglers. The Kings of the Mulchatna are aggressive and strong weighing from 10 to 50 lbs.

Silver (Coho)

Run August 1-September 15; You will see what aggressive means when these 10-24 lb fish take your lure or fly. Once on the hook, Silvers will leap completely out of the water multiple times, "tail dancing" across the water; then take off on reel screaming runs only to jump again and again.

Rainbow Trout

Run Spring-Fall; The Mulchatna River area is world renowned for its huge rainbows.  We fish the smaller rivers from ice out in mid-May through freeze up in October. Hot fishing begins at the end of May when we're fishing for aggressive spawners. There really isn't a better place to pursue huge rainbows.

The Grayling

Available all season. For most sport fishers in America, the Arctic Grayling is a rare freshwater game fish symbolic of the clear, cold streams of the northern wilderness. The state record was caught in the Ugashik Narrows just east of the Mulchatna River. We have great Grayling fishing from ice out in mid-May on the small creeks through freeze up.


Run June 22-Sept 1; the Chum Salmon are a very aggressive and strong fish. They are a toothy fighter that can reach fifteen pounds. We have lots of chum in the river and they add a lot of fun to your day when you catch them with a mix of other fish.

Dolly Varden

Run July-October; this vibrant and colorful 25"+ fish is one of the most beautiful fish in the world. They come in many different patterns and color phases. They are abundant when the salmon are spawning as they fatten up on eggs. 


Run end of June through early August. In 2017 we had approximately 2.8 MILLION sockeye return to our river system. These fish are excellent on the grill and have distinctive red meat..