Alaska’s Kodiak Island is a land like no other. The island is known for being home to the Kodiak bear, a unique subspecies of grizzly bears that is larger than all other bears in the world and only found on Kodiak Island.
However, there is much more to see and do during a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Kodiak, including enjoying the best destination for an Alaska fishing trip. Here is what you need to know about getting to Kodiak Island and experiencing the world’s best salmon and halibut fishing at Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge.
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How Do You Get to Kodiak Island?
Kodiak Island is in the Kodiak Archipelago, which is located off Alaska’s southern coast. It is the second largest Island in the United States — and the first largest in Alaska — and covers approximately 3,670 square miles of land. It is full of immense forests, majestic mountains, and deep bays.
The southwestern region of the island is part of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, while the top half includes Kodiak City and Old Harbor, where you can find Alaska’s top fishing spots. You can also find Alaskan restaurants, breweries, museums, and other historical sites.
Getting to Kodiak
Kodiak Island is a remote area and can take a little more planning to get to. If you live outside Alaska, you can fly into Anchorage on most major airlines, including Alaska Airlines, Delta, United, and American. From here, there are several options for flying into Kodiak Island. These can include both larger jets and smaller turbo prop planes.
A second option for getting to the island is by water. From Anchorage, you can drive about fours into Homer. The Alaska Marine Highway runs a ferry several days a week that can take you straight to Kodiak in about 10 hours.
Traveling to Your Final Destination
Once you arrive in Kodiak City, you may need to take another boat or plane ride to reach specific parts of the island — like Old Harbor. This allows you to make your way to Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge and the best fishing on the island. When you book a fishing package with us, your payment covers a round-trip plane ride from Kodiak City to Old Harbor and shuttle service in Old Harbor.
How Can You Find Kodiak Island’s Best Fishing Spots?
The best way to make sure you get the most of your time fishing in Kodiak is by booking an all-inclusive Alaska fishing trip. At Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge, we take care of all the details for you so you and your buddies can focus your time on making the most of your adventure.
In addition to knowing your travel is covered once you get onto the island, our package includes most of the other essentials you’ll need during your stay:
- Lodging, meals, drinks and snacks (not including alcoholic beverages)
- Your bait, tackle, rods and reels
- Wet gear like your rain jacket, pants, and boots
- Your fishing license and local tax requirements
- An eight-hour fishing trip each day
- Fish processing for up to five boxes of fish
Not to mention, your entire trip is on us. We’ll take you out on one of our four Cost Guard-rated catamarans to the best fishing spots on the harbor. You’re sure to catch bucketloads of giant fish, including salmon, halibut, sea bass, and lingcod.
Visit us in the summer if you want to take advantage of the bounty of fish during this time. You can book your trip around the following fishing seasons:
- King salmon season (30 to 90 pounds): May 1st to July 15th
- Silver salmon season (10 to 22 pounds): Mid-August to September
- Halibut season: June to mid-September
After a day full of reeling in silvers and making memories to last a lifetime, your days ends where it began: at the lodge. With delicious meals, comfortable rooms, and a nice fireplace to sit by, you’ll be refreshed and ready for what the next day has in store, whether that includes more fishing or seeing your first Kodiak bear.
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