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.
Steelhead trout are among the very top of the gamefish list for many coldwater anglers. They aggressively attack fly and lure alike and fight with amazing athleticism and power. They grow to substantial sizes — a 15-pound steelhead in the Situk River is not uncommon; the Alaska state record was caught in 1970 and was an amazing 42 pounds, 3 ounces.
Like Pacific salmon, steelhead are anadromous. They are born in freshwater and head to the ocean to grow, spending most of their lives in the ocean, and returning in either the spring to spawn and return back to the salt chuck, or coming back in the fall to overwinter, spawn and head back to the sea. In general, they live about three years in freshwater before migrating to the sea, and then spend an average of another two years in the saltwater before heading back to the river of their birth to spawn. Some steelhead return to spawn multiple times within their life.
Sockeye Salmon are continuing to make a push up river. There are nearly 50,000 fish now through the Situk river weir, which has in turn allowed fish and game to raise the limit back to 3 fish per day in fresh for the sport angler. Pink Salmon are now also on the move and over 10.000 have passed through the weir the last week. There are also thousands of Dollie Varden char in the system for those that like a little variety.
The river is producing mass amounts of Steelhead all throughout the River system. The low water has given way to rain and snow, bringing those water levels back up to good fishable levels. The weather has kept the campers away and the main push of Spring fish has begun. Fresh spring fish are plentiful!
Call and book now before they’re all gone. Weather Forecasts are looking promising with rain and snow giving way to warmer weather and sunny skies into the weekend. Saltwater fishing is picking up with some good reports on Halibut and there are some Kings being caught on a daily basis. With the better weather it should only get better. Stop on in and say Hi, grab a beer and a burger. Tight Lines.
Have you ever wondered what a day up at the Yakutat Lodge is like?
Have you wondered what time your day starts, what the menu is like, how long you are on the river or ocean for, what the travel time is to the fishing holes? Well, wonder no more. This blog is here to answer all your questions. If you have others be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all the answers and booking inquiries.
What time do you wake up?
Typically, the clients are asked to be at the lodge at 6:00 am to have breakfast – so they would be waking up around 5:00 am.
Do you have breakfast at the lodge restaurant? What is it usually?
Yes, we have a full breakfast menu running from 6:00 am – 11:00 am. There is always a daily special – which is different each day. Typical breakfast is choice of Bacon, Sausage, or Ham with Eggs, Toast and Hash Browns
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-YAKUTAT (9258828).