Tips on Traveling to Alaska

Tips on traveling to alaska during covid.

Traveling to Alaska is currently more challenging than it used to be, but it is still achievable. 2020 was an odd year. At first, at-home quarantining was the norm, so lodges were not able to open on time. As the world learned more about the pandemic, lodges were able to develop plans to keep guests and staff safe, and eventually, we were able to open. As the season progressed, it became obvious that traveling to Alaska was possible and with the proper precautions, could be done safely. Here are some tips for you to consider when planning your trip to Yakutat Lodge this year, as well as things to consider while traveling to Alaska and back home again. For the most up-to-date information on current travel restrictions, visit https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/.

The first hurdle for clients at Yakutat Lodge in 2020 was getting a COVID test and results back in time. Visitors are required to take a COVID test within 72 hours (or less) of entering Alaska and optimally should have negative results in hand before flying. At first, your family doctor could administer the test, and in many cases, results could be obtained in time. As the year progressed, test supplies were in high demand, and family practitioners no longer had tests to administer. One of our repeat clients pointed out that in his area of SW Washington, Walgreens had a location where a drive-up test could be scheduled about a week in advance and the results were available within a few hours. So our first suggestion is to look for a similar resource in your area. It’s important to locate a testing center where you feel confident that you will get the results back in time. Another resource to consider is an at-home test.

The state of Alaska recommends the following companies for at-home test kits:

https://www.pixel.labcorp.com

https://www.everlywell.com/products/covid-19-test/

https://www.vaulthealth.com/covid

https://www.picturegenetics.com/covid19

https://thecovidconsultants.com/#pcr

https://www.immunitirx.com

https://www.azovahealth.com/covid_testing_for_patients.html

*Check with these companies to see who can deliver results within the timeframe required.

Part of traveling to Alaska involves establishing a Quarantine Plan. Some travelers will choose to take tests and travel to Alaska without the results. If you do this and a positive test is returned, then you will need to quarantine yourself for 14 days at your expense. So think about where you will do that. Others traveling to Alaska are tested at the airport for $250. These clients must quarantine until the results are returned. Currently, the state of Alaska is offering tests at most airports, including ours, and they use the PCR swab test, so results can take up to 72 hours and travelers must quarantine until they get results.

Practicing social distancing and wearing masks are two ways to reduce exposure and the spread of COVID. Keep six feet apart from others that aren’t part of your circle.

Now more than ever it’s important to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, try your best not to touch your face unless you have just washed your hands or used hand sanitizer. Bring a travel-size hand sanitizer bottle with you wherever you go.
Keep your social circle small. As much as you want to meet others also traveling to Alaska when you come to our lodge, it’s for the best that you restrict the majority of your interaction to those in your group.

Anglers traveling to Alaska are required to fill out the Travel Declaration here https://www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com/. This is also the place where you upload your negative test results. It’s quick and easy to fill this out and will speed up getting clearance into Alaska once you have landed. Bring a paper copy as a backup when traveling to Alaska just to be safe.

2021 is sure to be a great year at Yakutat Lodge. Using the tips outlined above will make traveling to Alaska a little easier. And let’s face it, when you have a bent rod in your hands, a strong fish on the line, and a big smile on your face, then the hurdles of traveling to Alaska will seem a lot smaller.

How to Fish for Steelhead

 

Steelhead fishing on the Situk River is nothing short of adrenaline-drenched chaos. These sea-run rainbow trout are near the pinnacle of sportfish in Alaska, and once hooked, you will soon understand why. Their Olympian-like athleticism, strength, agility and endurance will leave even the most seasoned with an ear-to-ear grin. There are a wide range of techniques and lures that anglers use, and it pays to have a variety of presentations in your tool kit so that you can be prepared to find the hot offering. Learn the best methods of how to fish for steelhead on the Situk.

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Yakutat Lodge Fishing Report | September 13, 2019

Fresh water:

Silver salmon are pouring into the Situk,Lost,and Tawah creek by the hundreds on every incoming tide. The fresh water guides are having a good time exploring new options and different styles of getting these awesome fish. There are still Pinks and Sockeye Salmon entering the system, so the Situk itself is completely full of all species of Salmon.
Fishing in the old mans hole has been extremely productive for those that are 60 yrs. of age and over. Upstream of the old mans hole is full of fish, and there are also a good number of fisherman. We are looking at rain coming in next week, and with a possibility of a rise in the water levels, this will spread out the fisherman and the fish, creating even more opportunities for fisherman to explore.

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Yakutat Lodge Fishing Report | September 3, 2019

Silver Salmon are on the move up the river and are in the bay. We have not received the rains we were hoping for this last week, so river levels still very low.
Guides are being innovative and venturing out to new locations, to give clients the best possibilities to catch fish. Even though the river level is low, the fishing continues to be really good. Lost river and Tawah creek are producing fish, but they are also feeling the effects of no rain. Ankau bridge is seeing good numbers of Silver Salmon passing by at every incoming tide. Also the Ankau lagoons are producing some real nice fish, which can be reached in one of our skiffs.
Ocean conditions have been good lately with all the sunshine and no wind. Halibut, black rock fish, ling cod and now Silvers Salmon fishing has been real good. Average halibut retained is around 50 to 60pounds, which are the tastiest ones to eat.
Forecast is for rain, but we are crossing our fingers this time it really shows up……..

Yakutat Lodge Fishing Report | June 19, 2018

All the Steelhead have now vacated the river for the arrival of the Sockeye run.
Although it’s been a slow start for the Sockeye, last night we had our first decent push over the weir. We have been catching a few in the lower end now for about a week, but they were not migrating up the river, but with a good amount of rain the last couple of days the fish seem to be on the move. We’re looking forward to a great Sockeye season this year.
Bookings still available for the 2018 season and we would love to host you.
For all booking inquiries email fish@yakutatlodge.wpengine.com.

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Yakutat Lodge Fishing Report | May 25, 2018

Steelhead season is winding down. It was a great success and I wish to thank all of the Yakutat lodge guests that made it up fish with us this season.
There is still some fresh Steelhead coming in on the tides, but significantly less than a couple weeks ago, so fishing has slowed, but we are still getting decent numbers hooked up.
We are gearing up for the start of Sockeye season and excited and waiting to see the first bunch come in.
We have openings for June and July still if you want to come catch some of the most explosive fish in Alaska. To book contact fish@yakutatlodge.wpengine.com or call 1-800-YAKUTAT (925-8828).

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Yakutat Lodge Fishing Report | May 9, 2018

The 2018 Yakutat fishing season has started off great!! Our guests are enjoying saltwater and freshwater fishing daily.

Steelhead season is still in full swing. Water has been high due to recent rains,  but is now on the drop and fishing is picking up again.  Steelhead should continue to arrive on every tide change for the next couple weeks.

We have openings available through may and the fishing should continue to be good throughout the month.

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Fishing Season Kicks Off | April 2018

It’s been a very eventful first few weeks of being open. The steelhead are on the lines in good numbers. It’s been great to see new and old faces returning to the lodge.

And it’s only the beginning. Expect to see more photos and updates as the season progresses.

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How To Plan Your Fishing Trip To Alaska

FISHING EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

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, an appropriate assortment of high quality swivels, weights, hooks, new line, extra spools and reel oil or WD-40.

HOW TO GET THERE

There are daily scheduled jet services to Yakutat. Though there are many options, 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.

WEATHER

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 at 40 degrees!

THE YAKUTAT LODGE

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.

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.wpengine.com with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at The Yakutat Lodge!

Recent Upgrades to The Yakutat Lodge

There have been many upgrades to The Yakutat Lodge since the new owners took over in October of 2016. With this being the first year in operation we have learned a lot and have taken all requests into consideration. Thank you to all of our guests for their feedback. The Yakutat Lodge wanted to let its valued guests know exactly what updates have occurred and how they might affect your stay with us.

We will start with the upgrades to our fishing fleet. Last year we had all of our ocean vessels sent to Juneau, the upgrades that were completed were; new outboard motors, new onboard heaters, new electronics and all hulls where cleaned and refurbished. We currently have stocked up with some of the best new rods and reels in the industry for our guests to enjoy. Our freshwater clients will be happy to learn that we are adding two new Pavati Drift Boats. These boats have heaters for those chilly Alaska mornings, a heated compartment for meals on the river or as Pavati calls it a “Pizza Oven”, flat floors for ease of movement, built-in fish box and a padded fly fishing casting area to help with clients standing in a moving boat. The new Pavati Drift boats are comfortable and versatile for a great day on the Situk. We also have added several newer Suburban’s to our fleet to make transportation to and from destinations more comfortable.

We have done major upgrades to many of our accommodations as well. “The Big House” has all new carpeting, furniture, queen log beds and new comfortable mattresses. Keep in mind that the big house is ideal for a multitude of different types of groups. Whether you are planning a corporate retreat for your high-end clients or a family reunion, the big house is a perfect fit for up to 18 guests. The Lodge has been updated with a new kitchen and refurbished bar for all of your dining and drinking desires. This is a place to relax and socialize with a cozy atmosphere. Our Airport Motel has been renovated with new queen log beds, comfortable new mattresses, new flooring, and new interior furnishing. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible while enjoying the rustic beauty Alaska has to offer.

The Yakutat Lodge is committed to our guests new and old. We want to create a warm and welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for our guests to enjoy. For all inquiries please contact fish@yakutatlodge.wpengine.com or call 1-800-YAKUTAT (9258828).