by Phil Corless
If you’re heading to Alaska for a fun-filled family fishing vacation, the Kodiak Island Resort has everything you need. The two-story lodge sits on a remote bay in the western part of the island, reachable by a 40-minute plane ride from the town of Kodiak. Upstairs, there are six spacious bedrooms, each with two queen beds, private bathroom and stunning views of mountains and water. Downstairs you can lounge in the living room, eat gourmet meals in the dining room, and have some fun in the game room. There is no Wi-Fi, except for emergencies.
Every day during your time at the Resort, you’ll be out fishing on big, new boats with experienced captains and guides. The proven fishing sites are not far from the lodge, so you won’t spend a lot of time trying to get to the halibut and salmon. When you get back each day, you have the option to go on short wildlife viewing hikes. All of your meals and snacks are included in the price of your stay. Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining room, while lunch is packed for you to take out on your daily fishing adventure. With its stunning scenery, remote location and all-inclusive rates, Alaska’s Kodiak Island Resort is the perfect place for your family’s fishing adventure.
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- Onsite Dining
We had a fantastic visit to Larsen Bay at Kodiak Island Resort. The lodge exceeded expectations and was roomy and comfortable. The chef was fantastic and we ate well including fresh crab legs. The fishing captains, Jim and Bobby, were top notch and the boats and equipment were all excellent. We caught all species of fish and the captains made each day fun for all levels of fishing experience. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone that wants an true Alaskan fishing experience. The flight from Larson Bay to Kodiak was spectacular. Beautiful location and Hard working crew and staff! Some helpful information to know if there is no internet access at the lodge.
by Bob W
Kodiak is a very desirable fishing destination, even for Alaskans. Kodiak Island offers great fishing nearby, which minimizes inconvenience of traveling between lodge and fishing spots.
It was recommended we get charter a flights between Anchorage and Larsen Bay (KLN); and split flight cost by coordinating flights with the group before and after us. It proved difficult to coordinate these flights. We did not finalize one charter flight until just two days before the flight. We had good experience with both charter flights from Resolve Aviation and Illiamna Air.
This beautiful wilderness location offers great scenery and ample wildlife. There is a cannery (with about 250 workers) in town and nearby small mercantile for purchase of necessities and some souvenir clothing. The WiFi at the mercantile was not accessible due to cannery workers tying it up. Also, Larsen Bay Area medical care is minimal, so don’t do anything stupid and dangerous.
Allen, the owner/manager takes great pride and care of the rustic log cabin resort that he helped build about 15 years ago. There are some nice rustic accent pieces fitting for Alaskan decor and comfortable sitting area inside with bar and large screen TV with satellite. It was nice standing or sitting on the front porch to take in the beautiful scenery, wildlife (bald eagles, etc.) and Larsen Bay Harbor activities. The large dining table provided ample space for us six men. The rooms have two double (or queen) size beds with nice attached 3/4 bath (sink, toilet and shower). They put us six men in three of their rooms. The beds were comfortable with clean linens and towels. There is no offered WiFi at the facilities, but it was sporadically available and easily overloaded. Jessica did an excellent job cleaning our rooms.
Just like clockwork, we had breakfast at seven, hors d’oeuvres at six, three-course dinner at seven and box lunch ready after breakfast while on the boat fishing. Chef Mike did an outstanding job preparing tasty gourmet meals for us. The main dinner course was typically fresh seafood that either we or others had caught. Jessica did a nice job serving us and describing the food we were given to eat. Also, there was more than enough good food to eat everyday.
We were taken on their catamaran fishing boat is equipped with expensive fish navigation electronics and two 300 horsepower outboard motors that did an excellent job navigating even rough waters. This enabled us to fish in areas where others could not. Jim, the captain, moved the boat to different spots after they became “too quiet”. We had a lot of action fishing averaging about a dozen spots per day. There were 8 stations on the boat for bottom fishing. Also, they have 2 down riggers and a planer board that were used when trolling for salmon.
The captain Jim and deck hand Bobby (who is also a captain) were both very knowledgeable on fishing, excellent instructors, patient and attentive with clients and made experience an absolute joy. We did both bate fishing and jigging, while bottom fishing. We were very successful bottom fishing by frequently getting our limits on halibuts and yellow-eye rockfish. The had fun catching many 20-40 pound halibuts that we enjoy eating. The bright orange colored yellow-eye rockfish were special to catch. Bobby, the deck hand, joked “this is what happens when goldfish get flushed down the toilet”. A couple guys decided to mount their trophy 33” and 32” yellow-eye rockfish. Also, we caught some nice lingcod, a ferocious teethy looking fish with tiger-like color and pattern. There were some other species caught too. Our surface fishing was relatively slow catching ~12 salmons, due to them not running. We fished about 8 hours per day, except 1 day we caught our limit by 1:00 pm.
We indicated interest in catching and eating crabs, so they accommodated our request. We caught so many tanner (or snow) crabs that we hand picked 28 large crabs for a later crab feast and returned most of the crabs back into the bay.
While fishing, we saw a fin whale, killer whales, sea otters, bald eagles, other waterfowls, but no Kodiak bears. Also, there were some creeks near the resort where we saw some discolored and dying salmons.
Fish Preparation, Packing and Freezing
They take good care of fish at the resort to keep them fresh and tasty. Fish were filleted after arriving back at the dock in the afternoon by captains Jim and Bobby. Allen and Jessica vacuum sealed, labeled and froze the fish in about 3-4 pound bags. These fish were packed into 50 pound corrugated boxes with each of our names on a box. The mix of fish seemed representative of what we caught. The fish stayed frozen for my 17 hour travel time with two airport change-overs.