Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge is situated in a natural harbor that makes it home to the best salmon, halibut, and lingcod fishing in the world. Secluded and full of wildlife, the quaint city of Kodiak, Alaska has actually been referred to as a “fishing heaven!”
If you’re planning an Alaskan fishing trip or maybe just searching for your next exciting adventure, here’s everything you need to know about reeling in the perfect catch on your trip.
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Alaska reels in locals and tourists alike for its well-known abundance of fresh fish. But how do you make the most of your fishing trip? Sure, you could book a B&B and wing it. Or, you could book an all-inclusive stay at one of Alaska’s best kept secrets: Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge.
Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge is nestled behind Sitkalidak Island and was rated the number one fishery in protected waters. The waters are filthy rich in candlefish, herring and other bait fish which creates a very productive area for trophy Kings, Silvers, Halibut and Lingcod. You can find out more about what Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge has to offer here.
Reeling in the Reds
First and foremost, let’s talk about the fish that Alaska is best known for: the salmon. There are a few different types of salmon available for catch in the Last Frontier.
- Chinook Salmon (aka King Salmon)
Chinook Salmon, most often referred to as King Salmon, are the ultimate catch in Alaska. These heavy-duty fish average about 20-30 pounds, but the largest King ever caught was reeled in by a commercial fisherman at an astonishing 126 pounds. The bigger, the better!
- Sockeye Salmon
Sockeye salmon, also referred to as “reds,” are the primary catch in Alaska from early July-mid August. People come from all around to catch these beautiful wild salmon so that they can savor the rich-tasting, authentic flavor. The flesh is an unmistakable vibrant red color, delivering an abundance of health benefits compared to farmed salmon. Alaskan sockeye salmon are considered amongst the most flavorful salmon in the world.
- Coho Salmon
Coho salmon are referred to as “silvers” by locals. We tend to see silvers come out slightly later than reds, but they stick around much longer, so they’re more popular to fish for once sockeye season is over. They are a bit milder in color compared to a reds, making it a good “gateway fish” to our salmon newbies!
Hooking the Halibut
Halibut is often a popularly-loved fish because it’s so versatile, and really fun to catch. They average about 25-30 pounds but some exceed 400 pounds, including our state record of a whopping 459-pounder. The beautiful, flaky white meat is a delicacy enjoyed worldwide as it’s known as the world’s premier whitefish.
Catching the ‘Cod
Lingcod, despite its name, is not actually a true cod. Rather it’s a member of the greenling family of fish. While the easiest time to catch this delicious and highly sought-after fish is in the warmer months, lingcod season starts mid-May and runs through November. They put up an excellent fight, but are so worth the reward of a tasty meal.
Alaska’s “Fishing Heaven”
All three of these prized Alaskan fish provide an experience well worth planning for. Not only is it an adventure to catch them, but they’re also an adventure to eat!
Make planning your dream Alaskan fishing trip easy with an all-inclusive stay at Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge. Included in your package price are delicious meals, snacks, beverages, wine and beer at the lodge, rain gear, lodging, guides, boats, tackle, professional fish processing and round-trip airfare from Kodiak City to Old Harbor.
And on top of it, our calm waters are full of wildlife for viewing while fishing, too. It’s truly “fishing heaven!”
Fulfill your wildest Alaskan fishing dreams and reserve your spot today.