Kodiak Island Resort – June Update

Kodiak bear viewing

The Fishing Capital of the world, Alaska, has not been disappointing us at all.  All our guests are continuing to catch so much Halibut we released back dozens last week. 

The Chinook (King) Salmon are continuing to show up more and more each day.  Every group had the opportunity to reel in the allusive King Salmon last week and they never disappoint. 

The YellowEye/Tiger rock fish are not only one of the most beautiful fish in the sea, but they are also one of the oldest fish.  We have had multiple rockfish well over 100 years old last week.  They are a true trophy and many of our customers have been getting them mounted for their office or home.

The sea otters and sea lions are out in full force.  We are seeing dozens every day. The whales and dolphins never get old and we have had them chasing our boats and playing in the waves multiple times last week. We even have a couple of River Otters that hang in our Bay. There is also a fox that is our cabin mascot, Foxy comes by to say hi most every morning.

We are starting to see more bears playing on the beach, some even with cubs following right behind.  Like we mentioned last week, Pink Salmon will be showing up soon which will increase bear sightings all around the Kodiak Island.

The weather has been averaging 60 to 65 degrees with partly blue skies for many weeks now. The seas have been so amazing we have been able to get to a place called Geographic Bay which is in the Katmai National Park.  (Google this and see how amazing it is https://www.nps.gov/katm/index.htm)
Geographic Bay is so unique you will rarely ever see another boat or person.   We are finding new fishing holes every time we go over there, some we honestly believe that have never been fished before.

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    Visiting Alaska

    Alaska highway and mountains

    Alaska is an incredibly beautiful place that can be the perfect rejuvenating vacation for you. Unlike most of the commercial states of the United States, Alaska is the perfect combination of natural beauty and uninhabited nature to calm your mind and body. With no road access, this beautiful place is a scenic destination to be enjoyed for a long time. You can enjoy sports such as whale watching, cruises, sightseeing, and more, depending on time availability. Regardless of what you choose to see, the beauty of Alaska is sure to cast a fascinating spell on your senses. Here are some suggestions for places you can visit in Alaska.

    Tracy Arm Fjord

    Popular with cruise ships and boats, this beautiful spot is adorned with waterfalls and surrounded by glaciers. Located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, it is just one of the many attractions of the Alaska Glacier. The highlight of this place is the twin Sawyer glaciers at the head of this fjord.

    Alaska Marine Highway

    The Alaska Marine Highway is undoubtedly the most unique in the world. Its landscape is certainly fascinating. How many other roads can you drive and see, often at the same time, snow-capped mountain peaks, ice age glaciers, hemlock, and spruce-covered slopes, tranquil fjords, beaches, and streams? Where else can you see otters feeding on groups of algae, sea lions, orcas? almost in the distance, seabirds and white-tailed eagles sitting in their nests, looking into the distance?

    Northern Lights

    For those visiting Alaska in winter, this is a sight not to be missed. In the dark winter months of September through April, the Alaskan skies are periodically illuminated with beautiful lights at night. It is fascinating to see how the sky takes on impressive colors as a result of the influence of the Earth’s magnetic field on celestial particles.

    Alaska State Museum

    The Alaska State Museum offers a wonderful and permanent exhibit on the area’s indigenous peoples, the natural history of the area with various temporary exhibits throughout the year. On the first floor of the building, there are ethnographic galleries where you can find information about the Aleutian, Athabaskan,s, and Inuit inhabitants. Aleut exhibits a wonderful and remarkable collection of baskets made from beach grass, while Athabaskan exhibits a collection of arrows, snowshoes, and masks.

    Alaska zoo

    During a traveler’s stay in Alaska, there are many opportunities to view wildlife in its natural environment. If you’ve missed something or if a tourist needs more of these activities, a visit to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage is a great idea. The zoo has a wide variety of animals, including mountain goats, black bears, polar bears, brown bears, musk oxen, wolves, sheep, elk, and caribou.

    Denali National Park

    Most visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve limit their visit to the park’s developed and crowded entrance. A more adventurous trip to Kantishna at the end of one of the best walks in the world, Denali Park Road. Winding through the Alaska Range in the center of the park, this exciting tour offers the best opportunity to see the wildlife that makes the Denali area so memorable.

    Glacier Bay

    Glacier Bay is one of Alaska’s national parks that is open year-round, but during the winter season services are limited to certain essential services when weather permits. The park includes glaciers, a rich and varied species of wild animals and plants, very deep fjords, coastal areas with ocean shores, and snow-capped mountains. The freshwater lakes and streams make fishing in the park an incredible experience.

    Alaska Travel Guide

    Traveling to and within Alaska is often the cheapest and easiest way by air. In fact, Lake Hood in Alaska is the busiest seaplane base in the world. The advantage of flying around Alaska is that it is a fast mode of transportation and also offers a panoramic view of some of the most amazing landscapes in the world on Earth.

    If you prefer to drive to Alaska, then your main route is probably the Alaska Highway connecting Canada and Alaska. However, most of Alaska’s highway networks have pedestrian and bicycle trails alongside major highways. ATVs are fast becoming a preferred means of getting around Alaska. Trains are also used to easily get to some places. If you have the opportunity to take a train tour, you will not regret it.

    These are just a few of the must-see tourist destinations in Alaska. You can plan a more detailed itinerary at your convenience and include several other locations to make the most of your Alaska vacation.

    July 2019

    July 2019 Fishing Report for Kodiak Alaska

    July 2019 Fishing Report for Kodiak AlaskaKing Salmon fishing has been very good this season. Our groups are limiting out on kings, nice size halibut, ling cod and yelloweye rockfish on many of the trips we are taking. Additionally, we have found an unprecedented number (at least for our lodge) of tanner or snow crabs. The crabs are being caught in large numbers very near the lodge in 180 feet of water. As the water continues to warm up we expect the fishing to stay red hot!

    Three Generations Enjoying Kodiak Resort Fishing Lodge

    Kodiak Alaska Fishing Lodge

    Kodiak Alaska Fishing Lodge

    Three generations of family came to Kodiak Island Resort and had a great time fishing, crabbing, wildlife viewing and sharing quality family time together. This group has returned to our lodge several times over the years and the grandmother retains the lodge record yelloweye rockfish of 31 pounds caught back in 2005. The grandfather, daughter and grandkids are regularly out-fished by the grandmother but everyone enjoys trying to top her. She again caught the biggest fish landed during the most recent visit.

    Kids Love it Here… Bring Em !!!

    Kids fishing at Kodiak Resort, Alaska Fishing Lodge

    Kids fishing at Kodiak Resort, Alaska Fishing Lodge

    These young ladies from Oregon came to our lodge with limited experience By the time they left they were both seasoned veterans. We cater to families with children , our boat is super safe and we fish calm waters. Almost every young person that visits has experiences they will remember for the remainder of their lives.

    Celebrating 4th of July at Kodiak Resort Alaska

    July 4th Alaska Fishing Lodge, Kodiak Resort

    Halibut fishing has been very good this summer. We have been getting daily limits of halibut up to 80 pounds every day. Lots of other species like yelloweye rockfish, black rockfish and good numbers of king salmon are also being caught daily right now.

    For those who want more than just fish, we have crab traps available for guests who want to try their hand at competing with the “Deadliest Catch”. Pictured are Larsen Bay Tanner Crabs, often called snow crabs, are caught regularly by fisherman who target them. Fresh caught tanners are better eating than King Crab according to many of our guests who have tried both. Our anglers will bait and deploy our trap in the morning and retrieve it as they return from the day’s fishing outing. Often, when crabs are caught, our chef will prepare a fresh crab dinner that is often the highlight of their trip to Kodiak Island Resort.

    Our boat is unsurpassed and one of the best fishing boats ever created. It is a 36 foot catamaran and features a 14 foot wide beam that provides a very smooth and comfortable ride. The boat is powered by a pair of new 300HP Yamaha outboards, to get you to the fishing grounds fast, is equipped with high tech commercial electronic fish locators and first class fishing tackle. The boat also features a heated cabin, comfortable seating, full sized bathroom and walk around fishing area that allows everyone plenty of room.

    Come join us!

    May and June 2017 Action Heats Up

    Summer 2017 Alaska Fishing

    May and June spring king fishing has been very good this summer. We are getting limits of kings, plus steady halibut and yelloweye rockfish. Ling Cod season starts on July 1st. 2017 action is very good and should get even better.