Fly Fishing The Base of The Saint Elias Range
Icy Bay Lodge is located in the southeastern corner of Alaska, roughly 60 miles from the small town of Yakutat. Sitting at the base of the world’s tallest coastal mountain range called Saint Elias Range, Icy Bay is surrounded not only by incredible beauty but also 100’s of miles of wilderness that is virtually untouched. The only other anglers seen on the rivers will be folks staying at Icy Bay! With a rich saltwater fishery for halibut, rockfish, lingcod, kings in the spring and an incredible silver salmon run in the fall, Icy Bay is a great place to escape busy rivers, enjoy the scenic beauty and potentially fill your freezer with halibut, lingcod, and rockfish. In addition to that, they also have incredible fly fishing for silvers in the fall where anglers can literally fish until they drop.
The lodge is situated right on the shores of Icy Bay and has five heated cabins that can accommodate up to 4 anglers a piece. Each cabin has its own private bathroom and shower with comfy beds and plenty of space for gear and making yourself at home for your week. The main lodge is a great gathering place for cocktails, meals and lounging around after a long hard day of fishing. For nature lovers, there is a spotting scope where folks can look for wildlife and appreciate the beauty of the surrounding mountains. The lodge also has a great fire pit for anyone who enjoys the crackle and pop of freshly burning wood.
Food and Beverages
Meals are cooked on location by a professional chef who will serve American favorites as well as freshly caught salmon that have never been frozen. Each morning a freshly brewed pot of coffee will be ready in the dining area with breakfast following shortly thereafter. During breakfast, anglers will be briefed by the head guide on weather and what the day’s plans will be. Lunches will be served while on the river and consist of sandwiches, soups or freshly caught salmon over a campfire and of course, a sweet treat to top off an excellent meal. Non-alcoholic beverages are included in the trip package so anglers are encouraged to bring any adult beverages with them from Anchorage.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical length of stay is 5 days / 6 nights. Sunday to Saturday itinerary.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While Icy Bay should certainly be considered a fishing program, they do have opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, and even kayaking.
Internet / Communications
Anglers will not have cell service while at Icy Bay. WiFi will be available at the lodge but guests should expect to be removed from any email and cell phone access during their day of fishing.
How To Get There
Anglers will start their trip in the village of Yakutat. The best route is through Seattle (SEA) on Alaska Airlines flight #61 which typically arrives in Yakutat (YAK) on Sunday at approximately 10:30 AM. From there, anglers will board a charter flight through Yakutat Coastal Airlines which will fly them directly to the lodge. That charter is NOT included in the trip package and is approximately $450 per person round-trip. That following Saturday, anglers will depart Yakutat at 6:30 PM on Alaska Airlines flight #66.
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
It is recommended anglers overnight in Seattle the day before flying to Yakutat the following day.
Photo identification is required by airlines and to purchase your Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased on the first day of your trip, or online prior to your trip, by visiting this website: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Icy Bay Lodge has exclusive access to several private fisheries throughout the area which ensures anglers will have a wild, secluded and incredible fishing experience. During the spring and summer months, Icy Bay focuses largely on the deep sea fishing opportunities for halibut, rockfish, and lingcod for those who are looking to fill their freezers for the year. Then starting in August, the lodge transitions to focusing on the silver (coho) salmon fishing which can reach epic numbers for spin and fly anglers alike. After a hearty breakfast and morning debrief by the lodge owner, anglers will depart the lodge utilizing their boat, 4-wheelers, plane or Hagglund All Terrain Carrier and head out for a full day of fishing. After a full day of fishing anglers will return to the lodge for cocktails, dinner and evening around the campfire. For the serious angler looking for an incredible silver salmon fishing trip, Icy Bay is among some of the best!
Boats and Equipment
The Lodge utilizes a variety of 4-wheelers, boats and a Hagglund All Terrain Carrier for fishing access throughout the region. It is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, waders, wading boots, and terminal tackle. If in the event anglers need to borrow waders and boots, the lodge does have them available.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and based on double occupancy.
2020 Rates: $5,500.00 per person
- 6 nights lodging (double occupancy)
- 6 days of fully guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)
- All meals at the lodge
- Unlimited evening fishing
- Daily housekeeping
- Fly and terminal tackle is necessary
- Fish processing and packing
- All transportation to/from fishing locations
What’s Not Included:
- Round-trip airfare to Yakutat (YAK)
- Round-trip airfare from Yakutat to Icy Bay Lodge
- Waders and rain gear
- Adult beverages
- Alaska fishing license and king stamp
- Guide and lodge staff gratuities
- Alaska bed taxes