By the last day we felt we had harvested all the fish we needed. That’s one of my biggest compliments I can give to this lodge, specifically to the manager, Chad, and the fishing crew. These guys are conservation minded. They appreciate the resource to a fault and take extra care to lead by example and educate guests. It’s not about the biggest fish you can harvest. They prefer to send those back to reproduce. It’s about sustainable harvest. I have a huge respect for their efforts to not to keep halibut over 100 pounds. I would personally release a halibut anywhere near 100 pounds because I don’t have a need for it and it is a precious commodity that needs to be perpetuated. We are fishermen, I get it, but we are the future of our fisheries. It’s been a long time since you’ve seen a big, dead halibut (say, over 100 pounds) on the cover of Fish Alaska for a reason.
We had all the fish we needed, but I wanted to record a little more video, so we set out to catch-and-release some rockfish, then pulled up the crab pots. I waited as the pot slowly ascended to see if we would be dining on fresh crab in Kodiak Legends Lodge’s Crab Shack that evening. When the trap broke the surface filled with buttery-fleshed crustaceans, the murmurs started about a nice haul and keeper sizes, and my grin was about as wide as the beam of the boat.
Most guests get to experience an exquisite meal in the Kodiak Legends Lodge Crab Shack after harvesting a pot of fresh tanner crab.
Something for everyone—While the specialty is saltwater fishing at Kodiak Legends Lodge, the beauty of the area combined with things to do and see make this a memorable trip even for non-anglers.
The saltwater fishing in Larsen Bay really is outstanding all summer long. The halibut fishing is good throughout the season as is the other bottomfishing. If you want kings, book for late May through the middle of July. If you want silvers, shoot for late July through the beginning of September. You’ll want to go after July 1 if you would like to harvest lingcod. During the fall, adding a fly-out to a nearby freshwater location like the Karluk River Lagoon or Lower Dog Salmon Creek for silvers is an option. Give Chad a call and he’ll provide date recommendations based on your interests.
The fishing was so good I almost forgot to mention I slept in the most comfortable bed in my life. It was so amazing I asked Chad to look up the make and model. Sadly, it’s discontinued, or I would have bought one. In addition to multiple private cabins, the lodge has five cozy suites in the 5000-square-foot main lodge, an open dining area that comfortably seats 16 people, and an expansive entertainment room with a pool table and more.
A trip like this is a luxury, but it becomes legendary when you are personally attended to by the captain and crew at Kodiak Legends Lodge. Their merit list is long and at the very top you’ll find superior fish processing, stunning views, abundant fishing, conservation mindfulness, fantastic accommodations, and excellent dining. The crew are truly excellent captains and fishermen, loads of fun, and now they’re my friends. I highly recommend a trip to Larsen Bay at Kodiak Legends Lodge for your saltwater trip to Alaska. I can’t wait to go back and bring my daughter. Contact Chad if you would like trip information.
Melissa Norris is the Publisher of Fish Alaska since its inception in 2001. This is the 20th anniversary edition of Fish Alaska and Melissa is so thankful for trips like the one written about above. The opportunity to explore Alaska and make lifelong friends has been a treasured gift in her career.