Kodiak Island, Alaska - Fishing Lodge and Guide - Kodiak Russian River Lodge
Welcome to Kodiak Russian River Lodge
GUS WELCOMES YOU
Kodiak Russian River Lodge is located on the edge of the Alaskan Wilderness boasting incredible mountain views and easy access to a variety of outdoor activities including fishing hunting and sight-seeing.
The bed and breakfast is surrounded on three sides by spectacular mountains and on the fourth by Woman's Bay (part of the Gulf of Alaska).
The area, locally known as Bell's Flats, is located 6 miles from the airport and 4 miles to the Coast Guard Base south of the town of Kodiak. It is also close to fishing and hunting areas. We are 1/2 block off the Chiniak Highway and walking distance to the Ocean, Sergeant Creek, Russian River, and the Rendezvous Bar and Grill. We are approximately 100 yards from the AC store; a small rural convenience store for gas, liquor, and assorted food items you may have forgotten in town.
MEET THE OWNER
Gus Gustafson has lived on Kodiak Island since 1979. He made his living as a commercial fisherman and knows every bay, cove, and pass the island has to offer. Gus can tell you where and how to get fish, game, as well as entertainment. He is a terrific host.
Spend a little time with Gus and you'll have a friend that will last a lifetime.
STAYING AT THE LODGE
If you are coming to Kodiak for leisure we are the place for you. Kodiak Russian River Lodge is a FULL service Bed & Breakfast offering a wide arrange of services hard to find anywhere else.
- Custom Processing Fish or Game. Filleting, Vacuum Sealing, Freezing in the on-site 20K lb cold storage, storing and shipping is available.
- Custom Smoking. What you catch (or shoot) will be what you receive.
- Outdoor Grilling Facilities
- Van Rental
- Special Contractor arrangements available for vehicles and tool storage.
All of the guests have access to the Recreation Room which includes a pool table and TVs. In addition a there is a full living room and dining room which is often filled with activity after a day of experiences on Kodiak Island.
Call for group rates and extended stay prices. Prices vary depending on season. Please call for rates.
WHAT SPECIES OF FISH ARE THERE?
Chinook Salmon, living the longest of all the salmon, is also the largest of the five salmon species and considered by most fishermen as the best prize catch.
For some of the best King Salmon fishing in the world we suggest the Ayakulik (Red) River or Karluk River. Here in Kodiak it is not the size (25 to 45#s) that matters but the quantity. You may find larger Kings on the mainland Alaska but you will not be elbow to elbow with other fisherman. You will be surrounded by the peace and quiet of the Alaskan wilderness.
Ah, the lowly pink (humpy) salmon. Often not thought highly of by locals but this 3 to 6 pound fish when caught fresh in the rivers from the ocean gives a great fight and, guess what -- tastes Excellent.
Red Salmon "Sockeye"
Many Locals feel the best tasting salmon of them all is the Sockeye (red) salmon. That is not my opinion, but they are very good. They also arrive first in the rivers in the Kodiak area so they get targeted immediately by locals and visitors alike. Their dark red flesh is a thing of beauty and looks particularly good when smoked to a dark red sheen. Flaky pieces of slow smoked Red salmon is a favorite of many of our guests.
Silver Salmon "Coho"
Okay Folks, this is the one, my favorite, these 8 to 20 pound salmon will kick your butt in all of the Kodiak area streams. Broken rods, snapped line, reels smoking with the gears frying, these fish don't want to come in. They'll run two pools down then fly back up to where you are standing, jump two feet an flick the lure back at you trying to stick it to your earlobe or forehead. That's their way of showing you what they think of you trying to catch them.
Dog or Keta Salmon "Chum"
These big salmon are very light colored flesh but also very good when caught ocean bright. They smoke very well. (I guess by now you know I like smoked salmon.) They hide in among the masses of pink salmon in deep pools and every so often will hit your green fly or lure and surprise you.
What can you say, whether you are out with friends who have a boat, or fishing with a Coast Guard buddy on one of the moral boats, or on one of Kodiak's charter boats with a bunch of your friends, your day of comradery is broken up frequently by a halibut trying to pull your rod out of your hands. It really is nice to hook into a fish that you just can't 'Horse' in. He/she horses back. This is not the high wire act of a silver salmon but a heavy slugging battle with a prize fighter on the bottom of the ocean.
WHAT IS THE FISHING LIKE?
Alaska fishing in Kodiak, whether on the road system, ocean charter, back country ATV or air access to remote sites has the real possibility of spoiling you for going to your favorite fishing spots around home. When you stand in a stream with fish jumping over your line and tagging your fly or lure with nearly every cast, it is hard to keep from laughing and smiling to yourself all day long especially when you are giving YOUR fishing report. Whether those fish are:
- 35 to 40 pound 'cookie cutter' kings on the South End of Kodiak
- On a charter boat 1/2 hour from the dock in Kodiak
- 10 to 18 pound coho salmon Kodiak's road system rivers, that want to destroy your tackle
- Sockeye salmon early in June ripping line off your reel for run after run
- In pools found in the local rivers filled with upwards of 6000 bright pink salmon nailing every cast with chum salmon interspersed to surprise you with their heavy fight ...you will forget what fishing was like around your home.
Now add to that the opportunity to hit the ocean with one of our excellent charter skippers in search of heavy slugging halibut, ling cod and other bottom fish, as well as another opportunity for king and coho salmon on the boats and you'll see what I'm talking about. You catch it, we'll process it for a fee. Bring us a good product and we will make sure you take home an excellent finished product, fillet, vacuum sealed, frozen and boxed for shipping. We can ship your catch home so you don't even have to pack it through the airport. Call us for the fishing calendar for the species you are looking for. Give us a try in Kodiak, and we'll see you smile.
OTHER ACTIVITIES WE OFFER
Okay, are you ready to Rumble, want a little Alaskan adventure? Take an ATV trip while you are in Kodiak.
If you want a little of the wild side, go 4 wheelin to Saltery River as long as you don't mind possibly getting your butt wet and/or up close and personal with Kodiak bears. The road (trail) in is exciting enough, but that is just the start. The fishing is incredible; whether you are catching early Dolly Varden, Steelhead (catch release), Sockeye, Pink or Silver Salmon, you won't be disappointed. As you can see from the photos, you and your buddies will be in bear and buffalo country and just may get worn out from all the fish catching and other adventure. Check out the guide services and book a day, you'll be glad you did. Then come back to the Lodge, lay around and swap stories (aka lies) about your adventure.
Beginning in mid-June, bears begin to start looking for salmon. It is possible to view bears as late as the end of September. They are always fascinating to watch and are Kodiak Island's impressive species.
Trivia: There is 1 bear for every 4 residents on Kodiak Island.
This year it was not a matter of whether you see bears or not, but how many, and how close!
Kodiak is a birder's paradise. Thanks to a mild climate and plentiful food supply, bird watching opportunities are excellent year-round. Over 200 bird species have been identified in the archipelago. Winter bird counts are usually the highest in Alaska, with some eighty species identified last year.
Give us a try in Kodiak, and we'll see you smile. Call the number below for rates and booking.