The Fishing!

Fishing boat crossing lakeThe fishing around Yes Bay Lodge has been defined as an almost religious experience! Yes Bay sits in a very unique location with boat rides to prime fishing spots around 20-25 minutes at the most. Sometimes the best spot is right at the mouth of the Bay an under 10 minute ride. Your professional guide will know what species are running and where to give you the most opportunity to get your limit. We fish for 4 species of salmon, halibut and ling cod and several species of nice rock fish. We are also the only Alaska Lodge that features two fisherman per boat, this assures you the personal attention that Yes Bay Lodge is famous for!

Yes Bay Lodge and their Guides use custom built, canopy covered Olympic boats. At twenty feet in length and powered by 90 HP Yamaha four strokes, they are designed for your comfort and fishing efficiency. An 8 HP Yamaha kicker engine is used for trolling.

Your Guide will be featuring Lamiglas rods and smooth, dependable Penn reels for trolling. Stout Lamiglas halibut rods and Penn reels are the tools you’ll use for large bottom fish. With only 2 guests per boat/guide you are assured your ideal fishing adventure with your Yes Bay Lodge Fishing Guide.

Group on fishing boatNew in 2008, the Lodge added a beautiful 27 foot Boston Whaler. Powered by twin 250 Yamaha outboards, it can get you to the fishing grounds in a hurry and in comfort. This boat is designed to fish up to four anglers and can carry up to 6 people for daily sightseeing trips. It is great for families with children as well.

New in 2014 we started replacing our fleet of boats and we now have 5 aluminum, hardtop boats for your fishing comfort. They are custom built for us and the ultimate 2 person fishing machine.

Word from the Lodge they are comfortable, fast and plenty fishy!! Look for some more pictures of them in action later in the season – they are too busy out catching fish for new pictures! I have been promised I will have them before this goes live!

A Typical Day – Tour at Yes Bay Lodge

Fishing boat idling on lakeYour tour begins in your home town with flights to arrive in Ketchikan Alaska between 3:00 and 4:30 pm. You will be met at the airport by staff members from our airline – Pirate Airworks.

The Pirate staff will direct you to the float plane dock and transport your luggage down to the dock, where you will board one of our float planes for the short 30 minute scenic flight to the Lodge.

You will arrive at the Lodge and be met on the dock by our Lodge Crew in time for a wonderful dinner and time to meet your guide and discuss your goals to make your Alaska Adventure everything you expected.

A few things to go over with your guide – We strive to custom tailor your vacation to meet your expectations for Your Alaska Adventure! We offer salt water fishing for salmon, halibut, rock fish and other species, or you can choose to spend a day or half day stream fishing in one of the local streams or you can choose to fly to one of the high mountain lakes in the area for some fishing, hiking or exploring. There are also trips to local hot springs, the hatchery for bear viewing ( seasonal – typically August). Or you can focus on catching that one trophy Alaska fish you have been dreaming about – make sure you discuss your expectations with your Guide, he/she is your key to your Alaska Adventure! The options are endless and the staff at Yes Bay is there to help you realize your Alaska Dreams

Fishing boat on middle of lakeTypical Fishing Day!

6:30 am – Hot Breakfast served in the Lodge dining room. Coffee and cold breakfast and fruit is available earlier – but breakfast orders for a hot breakfast begin at about 6:30. The kitchen crew has to feed your guides and crew earlier so they are ready for your days fishing adventure!

7:00 – 7:30 – down to the dock to meet your guide and head out for your days planned fishing activities. The previous evening you will have discussed with your guide whether you will be fishing out all day or coming in for lunch. If staying out, your guide will have the lunch you ordered the previous evening in the cooler ready to go. Boats cannot leave the dock until after 7:00 am.

Your guide will have the day planned based on your preferences and the fish that are available, choosing to fish for certain species based on tides, location and weather.

In for Lunch – If you have chosen to return to the Lodge for a hot lunch you will return at 11:30 am where your fish will be cleaned, pictures taken and you will enjoy a wonderful hot lunch in the Lodge dining room. After lunch you will return to the dock to meet your guide for the afternoons planned fishing.

Stay Out for Lunch – If you have chosen to stay out for lunch and continue fishing, based on weather, tides and your guide’s advice you will pull into a quiet cove for some protection and enjoy your ordered lunch or if the fishing is hot – keep your lines in the water and eat while you fish! Sometimes the tides and fish location are such that the prime fishing time is during lunch and your guide will tell you that, so you can select to stay out or come in for lunch.

Group fishing from boatEnd of Day – Your fishing day ends back at the dock at 5:00 pm – all boats are required to return to the dock for fish cleaning, pictures and plenty of time to get back up to the Lodge to freshen up before “Happy Hour” in the lounge where you will be rewarded with a wonderful Appetizer Buffet while enjoying your favorite glass of wine, cocktail or soft drink. A few of the appetizers which grace the menu are fresh Alaska Shrimp, Dungenous Crab Cakes, Fresh Alaska Smoked Salmon and other delicious munchies. The menu varies day to day so make sure you don’t miss it!

While you are enjoying the appetizers and “Happy Hour”, your fish are being cleaned and vacuum packed then flash frozen and the dock pictures are being uploaded to the Fishing Resort so your friends and family back home can see your days catch!

Dinner – at about 6:30 pm – You will be invited to the main dining room for your wonderful dinner. See our page on the Lodge Dining! for a few of the selections we will be serving during your stay at the Lodge!

After your wonderful meal, you can relax on the deck, enjoying the view (see the header picture at the top of all our web pages for the view from the deck) of Yes Bay with your favorite after dinner glass of wine, cocktail or soft drink, sharing your days fishing tales with your new found friends. On those cold evenings there is plenty of room to sit by the fire in the lounge or challenge your new friends to a game of pool or ping pong or a friendly game of cards.