If you love fly or spin fishing you will love Lake Aleknagik! Including the famous Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Alekangik also has Dolly Varden, Pike, Grailing, Rainbow and Silver Salmon.
The only way around Lake Aleknagik is via skiff. For the locals, they can almost always find a ride if they don't have their own skiff. If you're visiting, you will probably have to hire someone to give you a ride to see the Lake. A few of the lodges up at the Lakes have their own float planes though. I never chose to ride in one, I prefer boating. I get to fly enough.
Despite the name, the Wood River Lodge is actually at the headwaters of the Agulawok River where Lake Nerka (or Second Lake) drains into Lake Aleknagik. The Wood River is the name of the river that drains from Lake Aleknagik into the Nusahak Bay. The lake system that feeds the Nushagak Bay is stocked full of salmon, the reason that Bristol Bay has the largest salmon runs in the entire world. If fishing is what you want to come to Alaska for, staying at a lodge like the Wood River Lodge will definitely fulfill your goals.
Equipment: Bring lots of money. The rates for the 2002 season were 7 days for $6000 per person, or 4 days for $5000 per person, or a 3 day weekend for the low, low cost of $4000 per person. Hmm... some of us don't make that much in a month! But, if you can afford these rates this is a wonderful Alaskan fishing lodge. If they have to get you by jet boat, the ride up the Agulawok River will not be easily forgotten, trust me! But they also keep a pilot or two or three on retainer all summer and might pick you up in a float plane if the weather is good. You get what you pay for, this lodge is very nice.
Favorite thing: One of the churches hosts a camp for children each summer, and they let us stop by for a BBQ when we were up at Lake Aleknagik camping. There was singing and the kids all ran up to the top of the mountain, and a few adults. I didn't get the chance to.