Yes Bay Lodge has been owned by the Hack Family since 1977 when Art and Marlys Hack purchased the property and building and transformed it into one of the first Premier Fishing Lodge’s in SE Alaska. The Lodge was operated by Art and Marlys for many years then, their sons Bill and Kevin took over the operation. Bill ran the Lodge from 1996 to 2005 while his brother Kevin focused his efforts in town running the air operation Promech. In 2005 Kevin and his family took over the Lodge operation and continue to this day. Most recently the day to day operation of the Lodge is handled by Kevin’s Daughter Nicky and her Husband Ryan. With Nicky continuing to handle the Chef’s duties at the Lodge and Ryan as the General Manager. Kevin still oversees the operation. The Hack family tradition continues.
There are a few things that continue to set Yes Bay apart from the other Alaska fishing Lodge’s.
- A true “Family” atmosphere at the Lodge – unlike many fishing lodge’s Yes Bay is a friendly family style Lodge where you are more like guests in a private home rather than a guest in a large cold hotel. Kids are welcome at Yes Bay and will surely enjoy the Yes Bay experience.
- Yes Bay is the only Lodge in the SE that fishes 2 people per boat with the personal attention that Yes Bay sets the standard for.
- Location – Yes Bay is located in one of the most abundant fishing grounds in Alaska, inland waters which offer the protection from rough water, so the fishing is comfortable in even the worst weather that Alaska can provide. It is a rare day when it is too rough to go fish!
- The Yes Bay Dining Experience must be enjoyed to understand how wonderful it really is.
The View – If you had all of Alaska to choose from, you would have a hard time finding a more ideal location for a fishing Lodge.
Listed below are our most frequently asked questions!
Feel free to drop us an email if your question is not listed below.
Where and when should we fly in to Alaska?
You should arrange your flights on Alaska Airlines into Ketchikan, typically through Seattle. You should plan your arrival into Ketchikan for around 3:00 – 4:30 PM this will allow you to easily connect with our Floatplane for the quick 30 minute flight to the Lodge. You should plan your departure flight from Ketchikan for the morning 9:00 am flight so you can easily make your connections in Seattle to your home.
NOTE: In September you may want to take a little later flight from Ketchikan as we sometimes have a hard time due to weather for a 6:00 am departure from the Lodge on our floatplane.
When will I start fishing?
Fishing will start the following day after your arrival – see Typical Day!
Is there cell phone service and internet at the lodge?
There is NO cell phone service at the Lodge, there is in town and at the airport in Ketchikan.
The Lodge does have wireless internet and also a computer you can use for web based email. The Lodge has a limited amount of bandwidth so no Netflix or downloading movies. It is fine for email and web browsing. Our internet access is via satellite and can sometimes be affected by the weather.
What should I bring?
Bring comfortable clothing for temperatures ranging from 50° to 75°F. Use of rain gear and rubber boots are included in our package price. Personal items to consider bringing that are not available at the lodge are: camera and film, sunglasses, any tobacco products, and small day bag for on the boat.
Suggested Clothing Items
- Light-to-medium waterproof/water-resistant jacket
- At least one sweatshirt, sweater or vest (wool or fleece)
- Mix of long- and short-sleeved shirts for variety and layering
- Jeans or casual pants
- Thermal or fleece bottoms (especially cooler months)
- Wool or thermal socks
- Fishing hat (or beanie during cooler months)
- Comfortable tennis shoes or boat shoes for around the lodge
Personal Items and Accessories
- Sunglasses (polarized for spotting fish)
- Reusable water bottle or thermos
- Phone/camera, charger/batteries and memory sticks
- Backpack or dry bag
- Insect repellent
- Tobacco products
- Personal medications
You should pack fairly light in one suitcase per person so you have the 2nd piece of luggage for taking your fish home.
How do I get my fish home?
Your fish are cleaned when you return to the dock every day, they are then vacuum packed and flash frozen. The night before your departure your fish are packed in an airline approved 48 pound wet-lock box labeled with your name and address and ready for you to check in at the airport with your luggage – most airlines allow 2 bags per person so if you have one for luggage the 2nd can be for your fish. Additional boxes will be charged for as additional luggage.
You can also arrange at the Lodge to have your fish shipped home after you arrive home – we use Federal Express and it is an overnight delivery. There is an additional charge for this and can be quoted when you check out of the Lodge
What is included and what are my extra costs?
Our packages are basically all inclusive – We include your R/T Floatplane flight from Ketchikan Airport to the Lodge and back, Deluxe accommodations with all meals, full guided fishing, fish cleaning and packing. All your fishing gear is included as well as foul weather gear for on the boat, rain gear and boots.
Not Included is: Alaska Fishing License (Available at the Lodge), Bar Bill, Gift Shop Items, fly-outs to Mountain Lakes and some other optional tours and Gratuities.
We feel strongly that Gratuities are a personal item and should be at the discretion of our guests. Feel free to ask our office staff for guidelines. Most of our staff are seasonal and rely on their exceptional customer service skills to earn the pay and gratuities are a portion of their income.
What currency do you accept?
Contrary to popular believe you are not falling off the end of the world. Alaska is a world apart from most places, however we accept US Currency and most major credit cards and travelers checks. Just about any form of payment you typically use at home (lower 48) will be acceptable at the Lodge.