Going fishing on Kodiak Island at the Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge is that “National Geographic” vacation of a life time. We experienced it ourselves fishing for record king salmon and halibut on our first family Alaska fishing trip.
There is an allure that cannot be explained when you hear the word Alaska. When I meet people and say I am going to Alaska, nearly everyone says, “That is on my list.” Everyone wants to go fishing in Alaska. Our family went with a group using a travel expert to Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge in 2002 when our twin daughters were twelve years old.
This article is the first in a series describing what you need to travel to the Lodge and go fishing. Getting to Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge from home and back includes:
- Outfitting for Alaska--Your packing list before you leave
- Air travel to Kodiak
- Arrival at the Lodge
- Your First Day Fishing
- On the Water—Kodiak Bears, Whales, Wildlife and the Fish
- Old Harbor, Kodiak Island Alaska—the Place and the People
- Traveling with Your Catch
- Departure and Getting Home
Kodiak Island And Alaska—Why Did We Go There?
Obviously we wanted to go fishing and catch big fish and Kodiak delivered that but we wanted something more. We wanted to see a country that few people have seen. We wanted the experience of a remote place that was off the beaten path. We wanted a rare, remote, and adventurous experience with shared memories and stories we would tell for the rest of our lives.
Kodiak Island is one of those lands where you go fishing and come back with much more. Some of the best times of our lives together have happened being on a fishing boat. Nothing is better than to go fishing as a family. Second best is sharing the experience with your friends. Fishing stories are the best stories and everyone has a good one!
Coming To Alaska Can Be Complicated and We Are Here To Help
Lisa and I (husband, Bill) and our twin daughters, Alex and Erin, were guests of the Lodge in 2002. We have been to Alaska many times. We enjoy fishing so much it has become our lifetime passion and business.
Is There A Bathroom On A Kodiak Fishing Boat?
Many things that turn out wonderfully start slowly and so did our family’s first fishing vacation. Three years earlier, Lisa and I had gone on an Alaska cruise and had a wonderful time. Some friends asked me if I would be interested in going fishing in Alaska. I wanted us all to go and had a family meeting to sell the idea. With that said, I can never resist a chance to “poke the snake with a stick” as Lisa calls it. I was not ready for Lisa’s first question, “So is there a bathroom on the fishing boat?” “Sort of,” I said. “These are large, flat bottom fishing boats and there is a bucket and a large tarp at the back. People just hold the tarp over you—everyone does it so it is no big deal.” This response was met with the usual looks—does he really think we are this gullible but could it be….. I wanted us all to go fishing but I held it together until we actually got to the boat the first morning where I was justly chastised.
We went through brochures and immediately Erin was all in. Mom was at the opposite end thinking she and Alex should do their vacation and Erin and I could go fishing in Alaska. I continued my lobbying efforts and before long, Alex was up to go fishing on Kodiak. I found out later that Lisa had played her last card. She and Alex would go to the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego and have a different sea world vacation. Alex had said she wanted to go fishing on Kodiak with Erin and Dad. The girls put the pressure on Mom and she reluctantly came on board. Little did I know how that decision would change our lives.
What Are You Waiting For?
To go fishing on Kodiak Island at the Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge is that “National Geographic” vacation of a life time.
This is the trip you have been talking and dreaming about for a long time. Call Lisa at 1-866-744-8777 FREE or complete a request on our contact page.
Other Information About Kodiak
- At www.kodiak.org you can order a visitor’s package and information about Kodiak Island.
- At www.kodiakbearcenter.com you can learn about the most exclusive and remote fly in, bear viewing on Kodiak and in the world that is near the Lodge.
- When you visit the Lodge, you will meet native Alutiiq people and you can learn some about their history and culture at www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=192.