The beautiful thing about Yakutat Lodge is that trips are tailored to the desires of the visitors. Fishing is always included in your package, so you can divvy up the number of days between the river and the salt. Or you can choose to tour and see some of the majestic Gulf Coast on trips like the flight-seeing tours of the Hubbard Glacier. The lodge is rustic, and rooms are clean and comfortable, each with a private bath. All rooms accommodate up to four persons. The full-service dining room offers a variety of items, including a daily breakfast of your choice and a full dinner of anything on the menu.
The Yakutat Lodge is the closest lodge to the Situk River and other fishing hot spots. Fly-outs literally originate from the front door, with offered packages that include fishing. They prepare, fillet, freeze, and box your catch in custom fish boxes. They’ll even prepare any trophies for shipment to your favorite taxidermist.
Yakutat’s climate is characterized by mild, rainy weather. Average summer temperatures range from 42 to 60 degrees, while winter averages 17 to 39 degrees. As part of one of the northernmost rainforests in the world, Yakutat gets some of the heaviest precipitation in Alaska. The weather in Yakutat is wet. Don’t forget to pack your rain gear and clothes that will keep you warm in 40 degrees! We lucked out with sunshine during our trip, but it is a lot easier to remove layers to get cool than to not have enough layers to stay warm.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are daily scheduled jet services to Yakutat. The most common way to get there is to fly Seattle-Juneau-Yakutat on Alaska Airlines flight #61 in the morning. Or Anchorage, Cordova, Yakutat on Alaska’s evening flight #66.
BASIC FISHING EQUIPMENT (WE HAVE A FULLY EQUIPPED TACKLE SHOP)
Fishing vest, hip boots or neoprene waders, good quality rain gear, gloves, insect repellent, polarized glasses, waterproof bag, hook sharpener, needle-nose pliers or hemostat, leader clippers, knife, appropriate assortment of high quality swivels, weights, hooks, new line, extra spools and reel oil or WD-40.
HALIBUT — APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER
KING SALMON — APRIL THROUGH SEPTEMBER (BEST IN APRIL, MAY & JUNE)
SILVER SALMON – JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER
LINGCOD – MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER
PACIFIC ROCKFISH – APRIL THROUGH SEPTEMBER
Gear provided on salt water charters.