Lisianski Inlet Lodge 2018 trip information
Here at Lisianski Inlet Lodge, we pride ourselves on a well rounded, comfortable and enjoyable vacation that focuses on great fishing in both salt and freshwater and enjoyment of the best southeast Alaska has to offer.
Your guide specializes in providing a combination package of salt and freshwater fishing coupled with other fun activities such as soaks in natural hot springs, nature hikes, yoga on the beach, visits to an ancient petroglyph site and viewing wildlife Alaska is famous for such as; brown bear, humpback whales, sea otters, eagles and more.
As our lodge is small it is common for us to have just one group for the week, often a family or group of friends who enjoy the great fishing and come back year over year to fill their freezers with succulent Alaskan king salmon and halibut and renew their spirits with the natural beauty and raw wildness of Alaska. While we do take groups of two and occasionally singles, we most often offer a private lodge for groups of from 5 up to 9 guests.
Our combination of fishing and wilderness appreciation has historically provided enough high-quality Alaskan seafood for our guests to give to their families and enjoy over the winter months. However, in the past few years lower limits, especially for halibut, have made it harder and harder to fill those fish boxes! We have found fishing harder is necessary in order to make our normal 100 pounds of filets per guest and this has come at the expense of the rest of the fun trip we enjoy providing.
In order to continue to ensure our guests go home with a nice pile of fish and also enjoy the best of our area, we have decided to offer a guarantee, fish insurance if you will, that when you step off the seaplane in Pelican you will already have 50 pounds of local, commercially caught salmon and halibut in the freezer!
Our trip price of $4,300 per person includes 4 days fully guided fishing, sightseeing and wilderness activities, 5 nights accommodations with all meals, fishing gear, rain-gear and boots, processing, vacuum sealing and freezing of your catch for the four days of fishing and, one additional 50 pound box of fine local Alaskan seafood provided by Yakobi Fisheries.
Note: if you would rather not have the 50 pounds of guaranteed fish included in your trip price then trip cost is $3,500 per person for the same as above less the guaranteed box of fish. You will still take home whatever you catch for the four days which will likely be between 50 and 70 pounds.
Not included: airfare from your hometown to Juneau with Alaska Airlines (typically around $600-800 per person round trip), seaplane airfare from Juneau to Pelican (roughly $400 per person round trip with excess baggage charges for your fish), fishing license ($85 per person with king stamp), alcoholic beverages and possible overnights in Juneau.
Example trip schedule:
Day 1: fly in day, depart Juneau on the Alaska Seaplanes flight for Pelican @ 4:00 PM, arrive Pelican @ 4:35 Pm. We will greet you on the seaplane dock in Pelican and transport you to our lodge via boat for dinner and orientation.
Day 2: fishing and sightseeing with Captain Denny Corbin on the F/V Pacific, a combination of ocean fishing for king and silver salmon, halibut, lingcod, rockfish and depending on time of season, freshwater fishing for silver salmon and trout can be done each day along with other activities.
Day 3: same.
Day 4: same.
Day 5: same.
Day 6: fly out day, depart Pelican @ 8:50 AM, arrive Juneau @ 9:30 AM.
Reservation and Cancellation policy: a $500 per person deposit is required to hold reservations. 50% of total trip price is due February 1st. Full payment is due 90 days prior arrival. Due to our short season and limited space cancellations made less than 90 days prior arrival are non-refundable unless we are able to re-book your space. Trip insurance should be considered. A good resource for trip insurance is https://www.squaremouth.com/.
We accept credit cards and personal checks. Checks can be made payable to "Lisianski Charters" and mailed to PO Box 3802, Santa Barbara, CA 93130-3802 between September-April and to PO Box 765, Pelican, Alaska 99832 in the summer months. If you would like to pay via credit card we will need the card number, expiration date, security code and billing zip.
2018 trip schedule
Trip#1: May 21-26
Trip#2: May 28-June 2
Trip#3: June 4-9
Trip#4: June 11-16
Trip#5: June 18-23
Trip#6: June 25-30
Trip#7: July 2-7
Trip#8: July 9-14
Trip#9: July 16-21
Trip#10: July 23-28
Trip#11: July 30-August 4
Trip#12: August 6-11
Trip#13: August 13-18
Trip#14: August 20-25
Trip#15: August 27-September 1
Trip#16: September 3-8
Why does a 50-pound box of guaranteed fish make your trip better? Your guide explains:
Sometimes you go fishing for a week in Alaska, try really hard and still don't end the week with much to take home. It's something any guide hates to admit but it's true. Mother Natures casino does not always pay and after 30 years of guiding in southeast Alaska, I have found that sometimes the need to catch a lot of fish interferes with the quality of the vacation I am providing.
For example; often we have been out fishing hard all morning and have done well but are not yet limited. I can tell the bite is slowing, the wind is coming up and I can see a few of my guests are getting tired and are on the verge of becoming seasick. I say to them, "how about we run in and take a bath at the hot springs?" But of course, there's always that person who counters with the need to catch more fish and we wind up grinding it out even though the fishing has slowed and the weather is lumpy.
Now maybe some people would rather fish and some people determine the success of their fishing trip by the number of pounds taken home, and that's fine, I like to fish and the harder the better and I enjoy eating fish all winter, but I often feel that the interests of my guests would be better served by doing things differently, that there are other factors to consider and that judging the success of a fishing trip solely by poundage alone may not be the best way to view the experience.
Another example; there are plenty of rivers and slough's in our area that can be fished with a fly or spin rod. Now you aren't going to fill up your fish boxes this way, it will be mostly catch and release fishing. But it is good fishing and possibly it is a better Alaskan fishing experience than you might get by toughing it out on the ocean waiting for that giant halibut to bite.
Take in to account that your guide knows when the best fishing is likely to be. Often fishing is like that, slow, slow, slow... and then suddenly everything happens at once and the fish pile aboard! A tide change, a bite at a certain time of day when the feed comes out of the rocks, etc... it is possible to do well fishing in a short amount of time and the rest of the day will be spent with slow fishing for just a few more fish. The question becomes, would you rather have a few more fish or diversify your fishing trip with some other options...
Here are a few positives of a well rounded Alaska fishing trip
Not getting seasick
Obviously not getting seasick means a better vacation for just about anyone. In our area, it is never necessary to go out in open ocean when the weather is rough to catch fish. Not everyone is capable of fishing stormy ocean conditions and even people capable may want to consider more pleasant and safer options. Also to consider is that often the bigger trophy fish are in areas that the main fleet does not fish very often. These areas are often in calm, quiet bays and inlets where the fishing is very relaxing and enjoyable.
Not getting bored & bruised
If you have a large group and would like everyone to go home with plenty of fish you will need to fill those fish boxes and the surefire way to fill boxes fast is with giant halibut. Catching giant halibut often requires patient waiting with not much happening. This is commonly done on anchor, possibly in lumpy, inclement weather and with heavy fishing gear.
Not filling your freezer with large poor quality halibut
Quality is often better than quantity and this is true with halibut. Not only is it conservation-minded to let the large spawning females go, but more importantly, large halibut are tough, dry and have a strong flavor! No informed person will put a halibut over 80 pounds in their freezer and 30-40 pounds is perfect. It is fun to catch and release the barn door halibut but taking them home to eat is not advisable.
When we purchase halibut for your 50 pound guaranteed fish box we source it from local commercial halibut fishermen and take only fish in the 30-40 pound range. This ensures that you go home with the highest quality and best eating Alaskan halibut possible and releasing barn door halibut helps keep our halibut resource strong.
Exploring the Tongass Rainforest
Here in southeast Alaska, we have the most northern rainforest in the world. There are so many remote, quiet places to explore and fish where you won't see another person! A trip to southeast Alaska should include a walk in this natural wonder and a cast into a crystal clear stream for a trout or salmon, but you won't have time for that if you are slopping around on the ocean the entire day looking for inedible barn doors.
Bathing in Hot Springs
Weather and guests permitting I think the White Sulfur Hot Springs is a must do. This is an amazing natural rock tub full of clean 103-degree mineral water, looking out over the Gulf of Alaska, need I say more?
Wildlife photography and wilderness appreciation
Catching pictures can be as fun as catching fish! Our area boasts the highest concentration of coastal brown bear and humpback whales in the world! Eagles, sea otters and other wildlife along with majestic scenery are all in a normal days adventures.
We hold a concession permit for Glacier Bay and can upon request tour some areas of the park.
Not waking up at 4:30 AM
This is supposed to be a vacation, not work. There is no need to wake up so early.
Your guide focusing on the success of your trip, not worrying about the competition
Competition is fun but taken too far can have an adverse effect on your Alaskan vacation. You don't want your guides decision making fouled by pressure to make poundage. There is more to an Alaskan experience than numbers, remember this is a vacation, it is supposed to be fun!
What's in your box of guaranteed fish?
Our goal is to work with Yakobi Fisheries to put together a 50 pound* box of seafood that you will be very happy with for around $800*. The boxes will be filled with the highest quality, fresh, locally caught fish available and while we do not have complete control over supply and demand and so cannot always guarantee that every box will have exactly the same makeup of species we will do our best to ensure a high standard. Rest assured that you will be getting your fish from the source and avoid the long, opaque supply chains!
Our fishing area is in the heart of what the Alaska Department of Fish and Game calls the "area of high king salmon abundance". As such, there is a fleet of local commercial salmon trollers who fish salmon with hook and line and who pride themselves on their high-quality product. These fish are freshly caught, pressure bled, immaculately cleaned, kept on ice and delivered to Yakobi Fisheries within three days. This is without a doubt the best salmon anywhere in the world and we will be adding it to your box.
Pelican has always been a central hub for commercial halibut and black cod longline fishermen. We have several local fishermen who own halibut quota and we will be purchasing our fish from them. We will ask for fish in the 30-40 pound range so that you will be taking home the very best eating halibut available. Trophy halibut should be left in the water as halibut over 40 pounds are female and the very large fish are tough, dry and have a strong flavor.
After the 1st of July, the local commercial troll fleet will begin to target silver salmon. These are great eating and undergo the same high-quality standards of pressure bleeding and care in handling that king salmon get.
Sockeye salmon run earlier than other salmon and June is a big month for sockeye production in Alaska. Many people prefer sockeye over king and it is possible, depending on availability, that we would add some sockeye salmon to your fish box.
Lingcod is a local favorite and many people prefer it over halibut. These make excellent fish and chips! When available we will add some lingcod to your box.
Black cod or Sablefish
Black Cod is a very oily fish and a favorite of the Japanese. We love it! If you like we may be able to add black cod to your box.
Yakobi Fisheries trades in many other Alaskan seafood products and produces their own salmon burger, collars, belly strips and smoked product. We are very excited about what they are doing and happy to support their local business, our local commercial fishermen and our community!
*note that actual weight of filets in the box will be around 46-47 pounds as the packaging weighs something and we keep the boxes under 50 pounds so you won't incur excess baggage fees with the airlines.
*$800 is our rough estimation of what a box of fish is worth but what we spend on each box may vary over the course of the season depending on supply and demand. We view the $800 as a form of "fish insurance" and so costs will be averaged across all of our guests over the course of the season. If you have a special request and would like to work directly with Yakobi fish to purchase extra poundage it can be arranged.
Please contact us to check availability. Thank you!