We actually don’t see that many bears at Alaska West.
Seriously, our camp is located 6 miles from the mouth of a 90-mile river. The best fishing for the bears is further upriver on the spawning beds, where they’ve got easy access to an easy meal.
But…there are some side channels and smaller pieces of water that we fish where the big furry critters like to hang out. Unlike in other parts of Alaska, these bears are not comfortable hanging out around people. When we are lucky enough to see bears, it’s typically a pretty quick encounter. We take it seriously, and if Smokey doesn’t leave, we do!