Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing in Ketchikan, AK

Fishing boat crossing lakeExperience the natural beauty of our 49th state when you visit us at Yes Bay Lodge. Sitting on a breathtaking location just off British Columbia, our lodge is a prime spot for freshwater and saltwater fishing in Ketchikan, AK. With prime freshwater fishing spots just a 20-minute boat ride away, we are the destination for amateur fishermen, pros, and everyone in between. Let our guides take you where the fish are always biting! Visit us today to discover the fishing that Yes Bay Lodge is famous for.

Freshwater fishing around Yes Bay Lodge has been defined as an almost religious experience, and for a good reason. Our location is just 10 minutes from the mouth of the Bay, where you’ll find countless species of salmon, halibut, ling cod, and rock fish. We are the only Alaska Lodge that features 2 fishermen per boat, ensuring that you receive personal attention throughout your trip.

Group on fishing boat

At Yes Bay Lodge, our guides use custom-built, canopy-covered Olympic boats for all freshwater and saltwater fishing trips. At 20 feet in length and powered by 90 HP Yamaha four strokes, these boats are designed for your comfort and fishing efficiency. An 8 HP Yamaha kicker engine is used for trolling.

Your Guide will feature Lamiglas rods and smooth, dependable Penn reels for trolling. Stout Lamiglas halibut rods and Penn reels are the tools you’ll use for large bottom fish.


A Typical Day – Tour at Yes Bay Lodge

Fishing boat idling on lakeYour tour begins in your hometown with flights to arrive in Ketchikan, Alaska, between 3:00 and 4:30 pm. You will be met at the airport by staff members from Pirate Airworks. The Pirate staff will direct you to the float plane dock and transport your luggage down to the dock, where you will board one of our float planes for the short 30-minute scenic flight to the Lodge.

You will arrive at the Lodge and be met on the dock by our Lodge Crew in time for a wonderful dinner and time to meet your guide and discuss your goals to make your Alaska Adventure everything you want. Our team strives to custom tailor your experience to surpass your expectations.

We offer saltwater fishing for salmon, halibut, rock fish and other species. You can choose to spend a day or half day stream fishing in one of the local streams or you can choose to fly to one of the high mountain lakes in the area for some fishing, hiking or exploring. There are also trips to local hot springs and the hatchery for bear viewing during the season. Discuss your goals with your guide – we are here to help you realize your Alaska dreams!

Fishing boat on middle of lakeYour Day on the Water

Breakfast: Hot breakfast is served in the Lodge dining room starting at 6:30. Coffee and cold breakfast and fruit is available earlier in the morning.

Your Trip Starts: Head down to the dock to meet your guide and head out for your days planned freshwater and saltwater fishing activities before 7:30 a.m. Please note that boats cannot leave the dock until after 7:00 a.m. Your guide will have the day planned out based on your preferences and the fish that are available, choosing to fish for certain species based on tides, location, and weather.

In for Lunch: If you have chosen to return to the Lodge for a hot lunch, you will return at 11:30 a.m., where your fish will be cleaned, pictures taken, and you will enjoy a wonderful hot lunch in the Lodge dining room. After lunch, you return to the dock to meet your guide for your afternoon fishing trip.

Stay Out for Lunch: If you have chosen to stay out for lunch and continue fishing, based on weather, tides, and your guide’s advice you will pull into a quiet cove for some protection and enjoy your ordered lunch. Of course, if the fishing is hot, you are free to keep your lines in the water and eat while you fish!

Group fishing from boat

End of Day: Your fishing day ends back at the dock at 5:00 p.m., when all boats are required to return to the dock. After fish cleaning and pictures, you will have plenty of time to get back up to the Lodge to freshen up before “Happy Hour” in the lounge, where you will be rewarded with a wonderful appetizer buffet while enjoying your favorite glass of wine, cocktail or soft drink.

Dinner: At about 6:30 p.m., you will be invited to the main dining room for your wonderful dinner. After your wonderful meal, you can relax on the deck, enjoy the view of Yes Bay with your favorite after-dinner glass of wine, cocktail, or soft drink, while sharing your days fishing tales with your new found friends.

Contact us to schedule a visit to our lodge for your fishing experience. Located in Ketchikan, Alaska, we welcome visitors to experience freshwater fishing from throughout the globe.