KSPL1 – Fishing on Kodiak Island with Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge
Kodiak Island Fishing Lodge
This high end Alaska fishing lodge offers incredible halibut and salmon fishing.
Kodiak Island is a secluded fishing heaven and should be on every anglers bucket list. This area is ranked the #1 fishery in protected waters . The water near the lodge is rich with candle fish, herring, and other baitfish which are a staple food source for halibut, King salmon, Silver Salmon and Ling Cod. The fishing is only 15-45 minutes from the lodge and most days you will be fishing in calm shallow water making the fishing more intense.
Your catch will be processed on sight and frozen into fish boxes for you to bring home. After the day of fishing is over you will relax in the comfortable lodge and enjoy a cocktail and appetizers in front of the fire or hang out in the upstairs lounge trading fishing stories and looking at photos from the day. Enjoy a chef prepared dinner served with beer and wine before retiring to do it all over again the following day!
Halibut Fishing Kodiak Island
Halibut are one of the largest fish in the sea and are prized table fare among many. The cold Alaskan waters offer some of the finest fishing for halibut and the shallow waters off of Kodiak is some of the finest fishing. You can expect to catch halibut ranging from 30 to 100 pounds with the biggest ones of the year tipping the scales at 300 pounds!
Halibut are here all year but the best fishing is after June 1st. Fishing is done in water between 30-140 feet with light currents so less weight and lighter rods can be used. Bottom bait fishing, and jigging is the technique. While fishing for Halibut you can also catch rock fish (think fish tacos), ling cod, snapper, and bass. The ling cod in this area are some of the biggest you will ever see and you can specifically target these other species, just ask your guide!
Salmon Fishing Kodiak Island
King Salmon are one of the most prized catches in Alaska due to their massive size. Though present year round the peak King Salmon season is from May 15 – July 15 as this is when most of the 30-60 pound beasts swim the local waters. The earlier part of the season is when most “Trophy” fish over 50 pounds are caught and guests have won the local king derby the past 3 years! The Kings are fished with downriggers and light tackle most of the fishing will be done by trolling.
Silver Salmon are most present from August to September 15. These 10-20 pound fish are aggressive fast swimmers. Fishing is done much the same way as fishing for the kings. You can load up your fish boxes during this season with arguably some of the best eating pacific salmon. After you catch your limit get ready for some halibut fishing!
*Silver dates book up early each year.
Bring home boxes of fresh Alaska Salmon and Halibut!
Over the next year you will enjoy some of the best tasting fish you have ever had and it will have been caught by you! The town of Old Harbor has a commercial fish smoker if you wish to have some of your salmon smoked.
All Inclusive shallow water fishing for Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish, and Cod.
- Remote location with zero traffic.
- Ranked #1 fishery in protected waters.
- Very Light fishing pressure with only 6 boats fishing this area and 4 of them are operated by this outfitter.
- Fishing areas only 15-45 minutes from the lodge.
- Sitkalidak Island in front of lodge offers fishing the straights even in bad weather conditions the water is usually calm here.
- New spacious boats with heated cabin.
- Luxury lodge surrounded by mountains.
- Sightseeing and abundant wildlife in the area humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and porpoises, sitka blacktail deer, red foxes, and mountain goats!
- Easy travel to the lodge with charter flight included.
- Fishing season is May 15-Sept 15.
- Round-trip airfare Kodiak City to Old Harbor ($500 value)
- Shuttle service in Old Harbor
- All meals and snacks
- Soda, juices and bottled water (beer and wine served at dinner)
- All bait, tackle, rods and reels
- Rain jacket and pants, rubber boots
- Fish processing (2-50# boxes included. Extra $100 charge for additional fish boxes)
- At least 8 hours fishing per day, last day fish for ¾ day.
- Fishing Licenses and King Stamp
- Local Taxes
- Trip Insurance
- Commercial round-trip airfare to Kodiak
- Gratuities to the staff and guides: typically 10 – 15% of the package price total.
- Travel Insurance
- Hard liquor, canned or bottled beer
*Prices subject to change without notice, so lock your price in with a deposit asap.
Lodging and Accomodations
The lodge has room for 16 guests while accommodating 12 per day on the fishing. There are four single rooms with queen bed and five rooms with twin full beds. Each room has a private bath and daily maid service is provided. Lodge has a bar, dining room lounge, fireplace and upstairs lounge with satellite television and wireless internet. After an excellent day of fishing you can look over photos and swap stories with other anglers while enjoying a cocktail and appetizers in front of the fireplace.
Look forward to enjoying delicious meals in the spacious dining room. Outstanding Alaskan chefs prepare a wide variety of local cuisine for you to sample. This isn’t lodge food this is fine Alaskan cuisine!
Typical Daily Schedule
When you arrive at the lodge you will enjoy a chef prepared dinner and go through orientation. The following day is early breakfast and you will then hit the water at about 7:30 am. Fishing is typically 9 hours on the water and the day will consist of both halibut and salmon fishing. During your day snacks, drinks, and lunch served on board in the heated cabin. Your fish will be processed after your day and the processor will ensure to properly care for your fish and freeze them into your fish boxes for your travel home. Dinner and appetizers will be served at 5:30 pm. Hangout by the fire before heading off to bed and doing it all over again the next day!
*In August and early September Sitkalidak Island has good stream fishing for silvers. This is a 20 minute hike and then boat ride down river to the fish. This trip is done only by request and is an additional $150 for the native land fee. The fishing is done with either fly or spin gear.
Professional Captains/Guides are all licensed through the coast guard.
The four fishing boats are all equipped with twin engines, large 8×8 open fishing area, a heated walk around cabin, inside cabin seating, full marine head, electronics, and all fishing gear. Fishing is 4 anglers per boat. If you have a smaller party (1-3 anglers) you might fish with another small group unless an open boat is available. This doesn’t effect your fishing and you will still be guided and have opportunity to catch all available species in any given day.
- 2 King Salmon (May – September)
- 2 Halibut –total 4 per person per year (May – September)
- 2 Ling Cod (July 1 – September)
- 5 Silver Salmon (August – September)
- 1 Yellow Eye (May – September)
- 4 Black Sea Bass (May – September)
- Gray Cod (May-September)
NON ANGLING ACTIVITIES
Despite being so secluded, there is still a lot to do and see in the small town of Old Harbor.
- The Kodiak Brown Bear Center
- Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center
- Fort Abercrombie State Park
- Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository
- Baranov Museum
- NOAA Laboratory Aquarium and Touch Tank
Arrive into Kodiak City on one of the latest commercial flights around 4:30pm the first day of your trip. You will then either take a charter plane or the mail plane to the town of Old Harbor. This flight will be arranged by the outfitter after you schedule your commercial flight. This is about a 20 minute flight and offers a spectacular view of the ocean and island as you fly down the coast to the tiny village of Old Harbor. You will be picked up by our outfitter and drive a short distance to the lodge.
*Many guests choose to overnight in Anchorage or you can overnight in Kodiak and explore the town before your flight to Old Harbor.
You will depart the lodge at approx. 9am to fly back to Kodiak City on your last day. You will want to schedule your commercial flight out of Kodiak City no earlier than 11:00am.
*The Anchorage airport has a fish locker that can hold fish frozen if needed and some area hotels have this service as well if you plan any extra days in Anchorage after your fishing trip.
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Suggested Gear List for Halibut and/or Ocean Salmon Fishing
- Passport (if needed)
- Copy of Passport
- Wallet / Cash / Cell Phone / Charger
- Travel toothbrush, toothpaste
- Bar of soap in a zip lock bag, shampoo
- Travel Kleenex tissues, packet of wet wipes
- Shaving and grooming articles
- Eye drops. Contact lens wearers should bring extra glasses (in case of irritation)
- 3M Nexcare waterproof bandages
- Moleskin with travel scissors (essential)
- Neosporin ointment
- Anti-diarrhea medicine (e.g. Imodium AD)
- Tylenol or Advil and throat lozenges
- Motion sickness pills
- Antacid (e.g. Pepto-Bismol tablets)
- Gold Bond medicated powder
- Sunscreen, at least 30SPF, (bring extra)
- After-sun aloe-vera lotion
- Packets to mix with bottled water (e.g. Mio, Crystal Light)
- Insect repellent spray, Benadryl 2% cream (bugs are seldom a problem)
- Prescription medicine (2 week – ample supply)
- (Bring any medication that you’re already taking and any that you think you might need on the trip.)
- For Airport Security, carry copies of the Doctor Rx or the actual Prescription bottles.
- Polarized sunglasses, (at least 2)
- Optical cloth cleaner or solution
- Small flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
- Travel alarm clock
- Extra luggage ID tags
- Gallon zip-lock bags for waterproofing and ice
- Small roll of Gorilla tape and zap a gap
- Ear Plugs
- Personal clothes for climate, long underwear / wool or polar fleece socks / dinner clothes (casual nice)
- Warm sweater or Hooded coat for under rain gear.
- Layers of clothing for fishing. Including windbreaker.
- Hiking shoes + second pair of shoes.
- Sandals and shoes to wear around the lodge.
- Lip balm
- Bug spray for mosquitoes and some no-seeums
For the Flight
- Airline tickets
- Credit cards
- Ball-point pen and Sharpie
- Reading material
- Travel Insurance Documentation
General Fishing Gear
- Hook file
- Fishing pliers and/or hemostats
- Line clippers, pocket knife
- Small boat towel, sunglass wipe-cleaners
- Small first aid kit
- Waterproof bag for camera equipment etc.
- Panatone marking pens: orange, pink, yellow
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