Fishing Report From Yakutat Alaska June 18, 2017

Sockeye season is in full swing now. With over 22,000 fish over the river at this time, fishing is absolutely amazing. Almost every hole in the river is now stuffed with fresh fish, and some red fish already resting at the old Situk confluence.

Kings have been closed by fish and game in the Situk. This means no Kings of any size including Jacks, and no targeting even for catch and release. Water flows look to be great for the rest of the month and continuing into July.

 

What Makes Yakutat Unique

If you are one of the many individuals that have never heard of Yakutat Alaska you are not alone. Yakutat’s isolated population center is located at the mouth of Yakutat Bay with less than 1000 inhabitants. The total area spanning about 9,400 square miles, of which 7,600 square miles is land and 1,800 square miles is water. Fishing is the main industry in the well-protected area and it is an area only accessible by plane or boat. There are no roads to access this secluded wilderness meaning it is a perfect destination to unwind and reconnect with Mother Nature.

The area of Yakutat is bordered on two sides by Canadian Provinces British Columbia and Yukon and two sides by Alaska. There are main sites to take in within this borough as it contains portions of the protected areas of Chugach National Forest, Glacier Bay National Park, Glacier Bay Wilderness, Tongass National Forest, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness and the Russell Fjord Wilderness.

One of the many unique features in the Borough is Hubbard Glacier, which is North America’s largest tidewater glacier and one of the only glaciers currently increasing in size yearly rather than decreasing in size. Another unique natural feature in the area is that the mountain range located in Yakutat has 2 or 3 of the top 10 highest peaks in the world 10,000+ feet, which adds to the already spectacular backdrop. In addition there is a near by lake called Pike Lake which was formed during the Ice age and has the oldest species of pike on the planet, dating back its origins to the ice age. These pikes look like something from a prehistoric museum and only exist in this one location. Yakutat also has the largest run if wild steelhead in the world, making it famous for steelhead fishing enthusiasts.

The fishing in the area is also unique, having access to world-class fresh and saltwater locations at your finger tips. If you are fishing for Steelhead, Salmon or other freshwater varieties or if you are chasing halibut or rock fish from the depths of the saltwater Yakutat has trophies of all species and sizes. Having access to saltwater and fresh water in one location offers guests and anglers a very unique fishing opportunity which attracts anglers from around the world. Due to the seclusion of the location you can guarantee that you will not be sharing the waters with many others, which is unique considering iYakutat offers some of the best fishing in all of Alaska. Choosing a trip to Yakutat will be sure to nurture solitude and your connection with the great outdoors.

The surrounding area is not only for fishing, there are other attractions to take in. In summer, surfers travel to the great north for bragging rights of surfing the coldest and most elusive waves on earth. Photography enthusiasts travel from all over the world to take in the sites that have not been touched by man. There are few places on earth that have been left for the modern day explorer. This is one of those locations. If you are a bird enthusiasts, this is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of bald eagles of all maturity levels up close. With the bald eagle being one of the nations most respected species to see such an abundance is quite magical.

The Yakutat Lodge is proud to have the comforts of civilization in one of the few remaining untouched and pristine nature reserves in all of the U.S. We are happy to answer any questions you might have in regards to planning your next trip to Yakutat. For more information head to our website www.yakutatlodge.com, email us at info@yakutatlodge.com or call us direct at 1-800-YAKUTAT. We look forward to hearing from you and introducing you to the area, no matter what your tastes are.

Fishing Report from Situk River Alaska May 30th, 2017

The steelhead have now gone and early sockeye are showing up in good numbers. The river water levels are going down and the Sockeye are stacking up below the Weir. There are no fisherman on the river this time of year, so it makes for a great experience with no crowds.
The weather in the Yakutat area this time of year is usually mild and water heights are perfect for wading as well as drifting.
 Limits of Sockeye are happening daily on the guide boats, and the amount of fish entering the system now shows that the numbers should be high for the season.

The Best Time Of Year to Saltwater Fish In Alaska

There is a variety of species to be caught when on board one of our ocean going “Happy Hooker” fleet. Species include king salmon, coho salmon, pink salmon, ling cod, rockfish and halibut. The availability of these fish varies according to the time or year. As you can see in the chart above, the best time for

As you can see in the chart above, the best time for king salmon is March through July, with some noted in the later of the year. If you are aiming to catch coho salmon planning a trip between June and October will have the most likely chance of you bringing one in for dinner. Pink salmon and Ling cod have a fairly short season ranging from June to August, you will want to be quite specific with your plans during that time to catch some pinkies. The hideous rockfish are more frequent during the year being available from April to September. And last but definitely not least sir Halibut biting on rods from March until October.

Our recently in 2017 updated “Hooker Fleet” consists of the Happy Hookers III, IV and Madam Hooker. Our “Hooker” fleet has caught the most fish in all of Alaska. It’s quite common to land fish over 100 pounds and once again, our guest have landed fish over 270 lbs in the last year.

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The ocean boats are equipped with new fishing equipment and lead by our top-notch professional skippers to ensure your safety as well as an opportunity to experience the highest quality saltwater fishing available.  Upon your return, your catch is filleted, packaged and vacuum packed, and frozen for you right at The Yakutat Lodge’s our own dock and commercial fish cleaning facility.

The Ocean fishing is simply among the best in Alaska.  The Yakutat Bay and surrounding waters and spectacular mountains complemented by the world’s largest glaciers provide an arena of incredible beauty where mere words couldn’t do it justice. It is so much more then just a fishing trip, it is an experience of a lifetime that will keep you coming back year after year.

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For more information or to book your next trip to join the Alaskan Fishing Team call 1-800-YAKUTAT or (907) 784-3232. You can also e-mail us at fish@yakutatlodge.com any questions.

Welcome From The New Owners Of The Yakutat Lodge

Dear guest past and present,

The Yakutat Lodge was owned and operated by Ken Fanning from 1980 to 2016 and is now under new ownership. The Fanning family established one of the finest fishing experiences found anywhere in the world. We are pleased to announce that the lodge is in good hands with the new owner, Dr. Donald Stamper a longtime patron. He and his family decided to purchase the lodge to keep this fishing experience alive. The new General Manager, Tim Burke, is a longtime friend of the family. His goal is to make this fishing experience one to remember.

Since arriving at the lodge, our first order of business was to ask ourselves “what can we do to improve your fishing experience and what can we do to improve your time here in Yakutat, Alaska?”

We know you’re coming to Yakutat to fish and that is our number one priority. Because of this, we sent all of our Halibut boats to Juneau to be refurbished with new interiors, new rigging and new motors. Our vision is to provide the best equipment and guides in the business.

When your not fishing, the comfort of your trip is important to us. So recently we obtained brand new Serta Perfect Sleepers to make your nights as enjoyable as your days. Coming this season, we will introduce a new kitchen complete with a new menu including delicious healthy choice options.

We believe it’s the little things we can improve on, like the fishing rod and reel you have in your hand and the towel in your hotel room. We hope that you will continue this tradition by choosing Yakutat as your fishing destination year after year and generation after generation.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Stamper V. P. Business Development

Stamper Family L.L.C.

 

If you have any questions you can visit our website www.yakutatlodge.com or contact the lodge directly by phone at 1-800-YAKUTAT (1-800-925-8828) or email info@yakutatlodge.com.

Best Time Of Year To Freshwater Fish in Yakutat Alaska

Freshwater fishing in Yakutat, on the Situk River, offers a variety of fish species at varying times a year. Understanding this may change the time of year you choose to book your trip with us to The Yakutat Lodge.

If you are wanting to catch steelhead trout we suggest booking during April or May, or September through November. We offer fly, drift or spin fishing gear to best suit your preference and ability.

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The Situk River hosts the largest wild-stock Steelhead population in Alaska. It hosts runs of all species of salmon including King, Sockeye, Pinks, and Silvers from June – October, in the 16 to 22-pound range.  There is nothing like the peaceful and tranquil experience one has while fishing the clear beautiful waters of the Situk River, and how quickly that feeling shifts to the natural high when you hook that giant Salmon!

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If you are interested in fishing for dolly warden char consider coming to Yakutat anytime of the season. They are always around, more common then the other species.

Through and through, anytime from May-November is a great time to be fishing in the Situk River and staying in the comfort of The Yakutat Lodge. With our recent upgrades to the lodge and our fishing fleet, if you are a repeat client or it’s your first experience, it will be a most enjoyable one.

For more information or to book your next trip to join the Alaskan Fishing Team call 1-800-YAKUTAT or (907) 784-3232. You can also e-mail us at fish@yakutatlodge.com any questions.

What To Expect At The International Sportsmen’s Trade Shows

The Yakutat Lodge has already has begun the year with participation at different trade shows throughout the United States. Its been great to connect with so many outdoor enthusiasts. Over the next month we will be at three more shows including Salt Lake City, Scottsdale and our first European show in Munich Germany. The purpose of this article is provide the basic information about the show so we can see you smiling face there if you are in the area. Come find us and learn about the world-class fishing experiences and comfortable accommodations that The Yakutat Lodge has to offer.

America’s Premier Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Travel Shows
Website: http://www.sportsexpos.com/

ISE has produced America’s premier sportsman’s and outdoor shows in the western United States since 1975. ISE’s four expos kick-off each new year spotlighting thousands of products and services from 1,300 companies and offering more than 100,000 sportsman attendees the largest, finest face-to-face outdoor marketplace available. Free seminars, contests and hands-on show features educate and inspire attendees–newcomer to expert, youth to senior, man and woman–to begin their next outdoor adventure. Join us at the 2017 ISE sportsman and outdoor shows in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah.

International Sportsmen’s Show ~ Salt Lake City
Location: South Towne Exposition Centre, 9575 So. State Street, Sandy, UT 84070
Date: March 16th to 19th 2017
Hours: Thursday Noon – 9pm, Friday Noon – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm

    • Utah Taxidermist Association Best-of-the-West Regional Contest
    • High Impact Archery Range and cash contest (rules here)
    • RMEF Adventure Theater, Great Elk Tour and Rifle/Gear Raffle
    • Truck/SUV Ride-and-Drive
    • Fishing Workshop Theater, hosted by Jared Johnson
    • Fly Casting Pond–free instruction
    • Yellowstone Bear World baby bear photo opportunity (fee)

International Sportsmen’s Show ~ Scottsdale

Location: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Date: March 23rd to 26th 2017
Hours: Thursday 10am – 7pm, Friday 10am- 7pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Download Program Here: http://www.sportsexpos.com/downloads/files/2017%20Show%20Programs/SDL_Program_FINALweb.pdf

Points of interest

  • Offroad Test Track, presented by Kawasaki and Tomcar
  • Outdoor Product Showcase, hosted by Gear Guru Dan Kidder–see and win gear!
  • Youth Fair (free activities), hosted by Bass Pro Shop and Arizona Anglers
  • Arizona Taxidermy Association wildlife display and State Championship
  • Aquarium Demonstration Tank pro seminars, presented by Arizona Boating & Watersports
  • RMEF Adventure Theater
  • Zip-line and climbing wall (fees)

Premier European Hunting and Fishing Shows

12th EWF – Experience the World of Fly Fishing~ Munich, Germany

Website: http://www.erlebniswelt-fliegenfischen.de/index.php/en/

Location: The Fürstenfeld Exhibition Center, Fürstenfeld Monastery, Fürstenfeld 12, D – 82256 Fürstenfeldbruck (near Munich), Germany
Date: April 1st and 2nd
Hours: Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmThe EWF is THE meeting-point for fly fisher. Over two days, about 100 exhibitors as well as renowned casters and internationally known fly tyers from over 20 countries invite you to come and see how they make the EWF a paradise for all fly fishers and for those who are interested in fly fishing.
In addition to the large number of fly fishing brands and new products, you can enjoy a comprehensive additional program.

Lecture Programs Online Here:
Points Of Interest:
  • Casting
  • Fly tyers
  • Casting demonstrations
  • Experts lectures
  • Single handed fly rods tips
  • Double handed fly rods tips
There is a lot to take in at the Expos. The Yakutat Lodge hopes to see you there!

The Yakutat Lodge Sponsors The Sportsman’s News Outdoor Writing Contest 2017

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The Yakutat Lodge is sponsoring the Sportsman’s News Outdoor Writing Contest in 2017. Contestants will be submitting publications throughout 2017 for the chance to win a five-night guided fishing excursion at the newly updated Yakutat Lodge in Alaska. The winner will be joining a team from Sportsmen’s News for an all-expense paid experience of a lifetime.

The Yakutat Lodge looks forward to reading and featuring monthly publications of each finalist on their social media streams. We are complete supporters of sharing the different scopes of outdoor adventure and experience.

Below are the details of the contest and how to submit an entry. To contact Sportsmen’s News for more details head to their website https://www.sportsmansnews.com/outdoor-writing-contest/.

RULES AND HOW TO ENTER

Grand Prize Package
• One lucky winner will be chosen to join the Sportsman’s News Team on a 5 night and 4 full guide days, plus 2, ½ days guided fishing trips for Steelhead at The Yakutat Lodge in Yakutat, Alaska. The trip will take place during the summer of 2018 and with prime fishing dates. The winner will be responsible for airfare to and from Alaska as well as lodging and meals while en route.
• Contest will run from January 1st, 2017 through December 31, 2017, with up to 2 stories selected each month and published in the Sportsman’s News printed and/or digital publication. One grand prize winner will be selected from those whose stories have been published during the contest period. The winner is randomly selected through a drawing basis and will be notified via e-mail.
• Every published entry will receive a knife from Outdoor Edge and will be entered into the grand prize drawing.
• E-mail stories and photos to info@sportsmansnews.com.
• Stories should be between 900 and 1500 words and be sent as an MS Word document or pasted into an e-mail.
• Photos should be high-resolution JPG’s, TIF’s or PDF’s: if you have any questions regarding photos call (435)865-1680.
• Stories without photos will not be considered for publication or contest entry.
All stories may be edited for content and size. Published articles and photos become property of Sportsman’s News. All prizes are provided by Sportsman’s News Inc. Must be 18 years of age to win the grand prize.
All entries must include author name, address and phone number to be considered for publication. Sportsman’s News will not confirm receipt of entries.

World Class Fishing At Its Finest~ The Yakutat Lodge Alaska

Phone (907) 784-3232 or 1-800-YAKUTAT (925-8828)/ Mobile (907) 602 2853 

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