Big, Bright Flies & Toothy Critters
Midnight Sun fishes more than 350 river miles of the remote Yukon Drainage and they are the only ones operating throughout this entire fishery. These professional guides provide a level of experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm that ensures the trip of a lifetime for those anglers interested in hooking the largest northern pike in the world. This two-hundred-mile-long Yukon tributary provides the perfect environment for growing huge Alaskan pike: cool, slow-moving water, an unlimited food source, and time for the pike to grow old and fat – ranging anywhere from 10 pounds to 25 pounds and even the occasional 40-pound monster! Accommodations are aboard a 67-foot, custom-built houseboat with four private staterooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen, dining and lounge areas, and several outdoor decks.
Your trip takes place aboard a beautiful 67′ x 16′ houseboat called, the Midnight Sun. Providing a new twist to sport fishing in Alaska, this boat is outfitted with all creature comforts and modern amenities for up to four guests per week. The boat features four staterooms, each sleeping two guests. Each room is set up with two twin beds, a reading lamp for each bed and storage for clothing and personal items. There are two bathrooms providing full shower, sink and commode facilities which are shared by all six guests. The lounge and dining areas encompass the forward half of the boat and provide ample room to stretch out, relax and exchange the day’s fish stories. The lounge area is equipped with CD stereo, DVD player and a large table that doubles as the indoor dining table as well as a late-night fly tying area. The fore and aft decks are both covered and set up to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. The upper deck has a fully-covered and screened-in 45′ x 16′ area creating a lot of space for those wanting to enjoy a bug-free, quiet drink and watch Alaska’s midnight sun skirt the horizon.
Food and Beverages
Meals aboard Midnight Sun are substantial, which is why the staff likes to refer to the menu as ”Viking food!” You can expect large steaks, pork chops, pastas, salads and sides, and great desserts. Lunches are enjoyed in the boat each day and the crew will pack all of the drinks, sandwiches, snacks, and chips that you want. All sodas, beer, and wine are included in the package.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard package at Midnight Sun is six (6) nights / six (6) fishing days, running from Saturday to Friday. Guests will need to overnight in Anchorage on Friday night and fly to Aniak, Alaska (ANI) on Saturday morning to begin the trip. Departures will be the following Friday morning, allowing guests to depart Aniak Airport (ANI) mid-afternoon and Anchorage in the evening.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Midnight Sun is primarily a fishing-focused destination, and the number of non-angling activities are very limited. Wildlife watching is a nice complement to the fishing, but this is not a trip for people who do not plan on fishing.
Internet / Communications
Internet access is not available during your stay and cell phones will not work during your visit.
How To Get There
Anglers will first fly to Anchorage International Airport (ANC), an easy-to-access airport that is serviced by dozens of domestic and international carriers. Your final destination is at the Aniak Airport, AK (Airport Code: ANI) This airport is serviced by Alaska Airlines and Peninsula Airways.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Upon arrival into Anchorage, most anglers will opt to spend the night in the city before continuing on to Aniak the following morning. Yellow Dog will be happy to assist with flights to Anchorage and to Aniak, as well as hotel reservations in Anchorage. The flight from Anchorage to Aniak is approximately 1.5 hours, and Alaska Airlines, ERA Aviation, and Penn Air all offer daily flights. Upon arrival into Aniak, you will be met at the small airport and transferred to the river, where you will board a small float plane for the 20-minute flight out to the houseboat (This transfer is included in your package).
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@example.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Midnight Sun may offer the finest trophy Alaska northern pike fishing in the world on more than 350 river miles in the Yukon Drainage. They are the ONLY ones operating throughout this fishery. Over the course of your week, you can expect to fish sloughs, lakes, channels, river mouths, and all different types of bank structure. This is primarily a shallow-water fishery, and almost every take is visual, violent, and explosive. The pike throughout the area average 30 to 40 inches. Over the course of a standard week, more than ten fish per angler per week OVER 40 inches is common, and at least half of clients land fish over 45 inches during their week of fishing. The number of pike found all throughout the region are unbelievable, and anglers can either focus on numbers or choose instead to hunt for large, trophy pike. Fishing techniques and equipment include a combination of large, sub-surface flies and large topwater poppers. Floating fly lines are the norm all throughout the season and 10-weight rods are recommended. Sheefish are also an option in the Yukon fishery, ranging in size from 12 to 20 pounds.
Boats and Equipment
Equipment includes customized shallow-water aluminum skiffs with 50HP engines and remote controlled trolling motors. Each boat is spacious and clean, with huge casting platforms and plenty of space for gear and equipment. Midnight Sun also offers all rods and reels (included in the package) as well as all leaders, tippet and flies. Back-up waders and boots are also available in the event that your luggage is delayed.
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.
5 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $4,200.00
5 Night / 5 Fishing Days = $8,400.00
Private Charter flight between Anchorage and Holy Cross, AK
$450.00 per person
- Round-trip boat ride from Holy Cross to houseboat
- Five (5) nights of lodging on the Midnight Sun houseboat
- Daily guided fishing (two anglers per boat)
- All meals on boat
- All beer, wine, sodas and mixers
- Use of rods and reels, all flies, leaders, tippet and terminal tackle
- All taxes and GSTs
What’s Not Included:
- Flights to Anchorage, AK (ANC)
- Alaska fishing license
- Round trip charter flight from Anchorage to Holy Cross
- Any overnight accommodations in Anchorage (if necessary)
- Gratuities for boat staff and fishing guides
- Alcohol other than beer and wine (BYO)