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.

Steelhead Season Is Wrapping Up And The Sockeye Salmon Are Arriving In The Situk River, Alaska

May 18, 2017

Early return Sockeye is showing up in decent catchable numbers below the weir. There are still plenty of Steelheads left in the system, but most are now kelts heading back to the salt.

Water levels are up to today, as they were fairly low and water was crystal clear. Rain storms last night and today have the river on a sharp rise and the remaining steelhead will more than likely push further down in the system.

The early Sockeye are in great shape and full of fight. The rising water and high tides this week will continue to bring in good numbers of Sockeye and probably a few more stragglers from the Steelhead pool. The next 2 weeks will be great fishing for anyone looking to get on the water and have the river to themselves.

Situk River Fishing Update from The Yakutat Lodge

Recent rains have the fish on the bite!
The main push of spring fish is coming to an end and the winter fish have dropped back into the system and are starting the spring spawn. The river is full of fish for the entire 14-mile float, and the water levels should continue to hold for the next couple of days while the sun shines. Rain is forecast for the middle of the week and should keep the fish on the bite.
Yarn balls and beads are most effective at this time and should be the go-to for the remainder of the season. Good luck out there and tight lines.

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.

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.