Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I store my fish if I’m not going straight home?

If you’re planning on spending time in Anchorage before you depart for home, we recommend storing your fish boxes in a freezer overnight. Check with the hotel with which you have room reservations for freezer space. Most hotels in Anchorage are equipped for this service, but you must check for space availability. You could also rent freezer space at the airport from ITS, located on the baggage claim level of the old terminal. Their phone number is 907 248-0373. They charge a nominal fee, between $12-15 per box, and are open from 5:00 am through 2:00 am every day during the summer.

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What is your cancellation policy?

We only accept 12 guests at a time and have a short season, so a cancellation impacts us significantly. Therefore we have a strict cancellation policy: a refund will be issued ONLY if the cancelled trip can be filled with another EQUAL booking. There are no exceptions. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

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Is shipping included?

Shipping is not included in your package price. However, we can arrange to ship your total catch overnight to your home, or to a destination you prefer.  Please have the relevant addresses and phone numbers with you. FedEx is our main carrier, though UPS is also available.  If you have accounts with either of these companies, please bring those account numbers with you. The shipping can also be billed to a credit card.

You are welcome to ship packages to the lodge prior to your arrival. Outbound packages from the lodge can be shipped in the same manner. Any shipping by FedEx or UPS should be addressed to our physical address, 64780 Halibut Road, Ninilchik, Alaska, 99639. Shipping by U.S. mail should be addressed to P. O. Box 39410, Ninilchik, Alaska 99639.

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What shall I bring to wear to dinner?

Dinner dress is smart-casual.

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What clothing item do I need to bring with me?

Alaskan weather is unpredictable at best. During the fishing season, temperatures can range from the 40s to the high 70s, with the average being in the 60s.

We suggest that you layer your clothes, so that you’re prepared for everything from cool, windy and rainy, to warm, calm and sunny. The atmosphere at the lodge is informal, so choose clothes that are comfortable, but casually smart.  A washer and dryer are available for you to use.

2-3 pairs of lightweight, thermal underwear like Long Johns

2-3 flannel or heavy cotton shirts or turtlenecks

3 pairs of thermal or woolen socks

6 pairs of cotton socks

1 windbreaker or insulated jacket

1 pair rubber-soled shoes or short boots to wear on the boat

1 pair of gloves

1 knit cap

1 hat or cap with a brow

Comfortable-fitting pants for outdoor use

1 bathing suit (for the hot tub)

1 pair sneakers or hiking boots

1 pair of casual shoes or slippers for lodge wear

Polarized sunglasses

Knapsack or similar for day use

Camera

Sun screen or sun block

Personal toiletries and medications, insect repellant

Binoculars

Cellular phone or phone card

Fishing Equipment
We provide all the saltwater and fresh water gear that you will need. Fly fishermen are requested to bring their own rod & reel: an 8-weight rod works best.  We also supply rain gear for most sizes, but you may bring your own if you prefer.

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Do I need travel insurance?

We believe that your upcoming trip is a significant investment and therefore highly recommend travel insurance. This policy will cover your investment in the event unforeseen circumstances or medical problems cause you to cancel your trip.

We also know that you will need to make sure you have the proper Medical and Emergency Medical Transportation coverage in the event of an accident or illness, or for any existing medical conditions.  We recommend AIG Travel Guard’s Comprehensive Travel Insurance or their Sportsman’s Travel Insurance.  If you choose to decline this valuable protection, you are assuming any financial loss associated with your travel arrangements.

Visit www.sportsmanstravelinsurance.comor www.travelguard.com within 15 days of your initial deposit date to purchase a policy. Or call them at 1.800.826.4919.

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Is fish processing included in the package?

All the normal processing of your catch: filleting, vacuum packing and freezing is part of the package. Processing will be done to your specifications. It is then packed and boxed in airline–approved boxes, ready to take home with you on the plane. We use foam insulated seafood containers, which are then inserted into a waxed shipping box. This is designed to keep your fish in good condition until you get home. Each box holds up to 50 pounds of fish, and is counted as a luggage item. Check with your airline as to how many pieces you can check. Click here: Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air – Checked Baggage

Custom processing like canning or smoking is available at an extra cost.  Please note that custom processing takes a little extra time so may not be done by the end of your stay.  If this is the case, these items will have to be shipped to you at a later date.

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What time must I check out?

The latest time you can check out is 11:00 am.

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What time can I check in?

Anytime after 3:00 pm on your day of arrival.

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What are the bag limits?

halibut = 2 per day per person

ling cod = 2 per day over 35″,  after July 1

rock fish = 5 total, including 1 yellow eye per day

king salmon = 1 per day,  5 in possession. (Only 2 per year are permitted from the Kenai River)

sockeye salmon = 3-6 per day, depending on the area (no annual bag limit)

silver salmon = 2-5 per day, depending on the area (no annual bag limit)

For further details visit:
http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Static/Statewide/regulations/southcentral/SCkenai.pdf

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Do I need a fishing license?

You do need a fishing license to fish in Alaska.  You can buy it on line by visiting http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license/. If you are fishing during our king salmon season, May through July, you will also need to purchase a king salmon stamp. You can purchase these items in person at any grocery store once you arrive in Alaska.

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How do I get to the Lodge?

Travel to and from the Lodge from Anchorage:

You have several options to reach the lodge:

1) Rent a car in Anchorage, head south (towards Homer), and enjoy the scenic, 186-mile drive to camp. It should take you approximately 3.5 to 4 hours – have your camera ready and your binoculars close at hand.  Look up at the mountaintops on occasion for Dall sheep, for moose closer to the road, bald eagles flying overhead and for whales frolicking in the inlet. Take your time and enjoy every moment; check-in isn’t until after 3:00 pm.

Once you reach Ninilchik, you’ll pass the General Store on your right,  Chinook Tesoro and the Fairgrounds on your left. Across from the fairgrounds, look for Julia Steik Road on the right.  Drive up the hill, turn left on Erickson and then make a quick right on Halibut Rd, heading towards the ocean– we’re at the very end of Halibut Road.

2) Catch a 25-minute commuter flight from Anchorage to Kenai. There are 2 airlines that offer this service:

·         ERA Aviation, an affiliate of Alaska Airlines.

Tel: 1-800 866-8394 or on line: www.flyera.com

Luggage can be tagged directly to and from your destination

RT Anchorage to Kenai $236 subject to change

(Sometimes this cost is less if booked together with flights to/from Anchorage with Alaska Airlines)

·         Grant Aviation. Tel: 907 283-6012 or visit their website: www.flygrant.com

RT Anchorage to Kenai $178 subject to change

NOTE:  You will have to claim and recheck your bags in Anchorage.

Arrival: We will pick you up at the Kenai airport between 2:00-4:00 p.m., so try to arrange your flight as close as those times as possible. One of us will be at the airport to meet you near the baggage claim area or just outside the terminal.

Departure: The latest you can check out of the lodge is 11:00 am. When making your airline reservations, take in to account that the Kenai (ENA) airport is a 45-minute drive from the lodge.

3) Rent a car at the Kenai airport. The drive from there to the lodge is about 45 minutes. Bear in mind that you’ll be returning with fish boxes in addition to yourselves and your luggage, so be sure to allow yourselves enough room.

4) Drive and Fly
Some car rental companies like Avis and Payless, are now offering one-way rentals. The drop off fee ranges from $75-$150, (subject to change), depending on the time frame and availability. If you’d prefer to drive down and fly back out of Kenai, then this might be an option for you.


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Where exactly are you located?

We are located on the coast in the village of Ninilchik, just 186 miles south of Anchorage, strategically located on the shores of Cook Inlet, between the National Parks of Lake Clark, Katmai and the Kenai Fjiords.

The lodge is within easy flying distance to Kodiak, Lake Iliamna, Nushagak and Prince William Sound. It is also within driving distance of five salmon streams, including the world-famous Kenai River.

Please visit our Location page for more details.

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What kind of fish are caught on the fishing trips?

Five species of salmon, arctic char/dolly varden, lake trout, steelhead, northern pike, rainbow trout and grayling, halibut, salmon, ling cod, rockfish.

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