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.

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 Nations Best Sportsmen’s Trade Shows

The Yakutat Lodge has already 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’s we will be at four more shows including the International Sportsmen’s Show in Sacramento California from January 18th-21st, at The Sportsmen’s Shows in Puyallup Washington January 24th-28th and Portland Oregon February 7th-11th then to round up the tour at the final International Sportsmen’s Show in Scottsdale Arizona show March 22nd -25th.

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.

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.

International Sportsmen’s Show ~ Sacramento, California
Location: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Sacramento, CA 95815
Date: January 18th to 21st 2018
Hours: Thursday & Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Website Link: http://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/sacramento

International Sportsmen’s Show ~ Scottsdale, Arizona

Location: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Date: March 22nd to 25th 2018
Hours: Thursday & Friday 10am- 7pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Website Link: http://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/scottsdale/

For any more information please contact fish@yakutatlodge.com.

These shows are more than the largest sportsmen’s shows around, it’s a celebration of fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation.  The Sportsmen’s Shows have been around for decades and continue to be one of the best in the nation because of the diversity, sheer size of the event and all the major players are here — including manufacturers, retailers, guides and outfitters and hundreds of opportunities to learn and improve your fishing, hunting and outdoor skills. Come out to feed your passion for the outdoors.

Sportsmen’s Shows ~ Puyallup, Washington

Location: Washingtons State Fair Events Centre
Date: January 24th-28th 2018
Hours: Wednesday through Friday 12pm- 8pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm

Website Link: www.sportsexpos.com/

 

Sportsmen’s Shows ~ Portland, Oregon

Location: Portland Expo Centre
Date: February 7th- 11th 2018
Hours: Wednesday through Friday 11am– 8pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 10am – 6pm

Website Link: www.sportsexpos.com/

 

There is a lot to take in at the Expos. The Yakutat Lodge hopes to see you there!