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1621 Tongass Ave Ste 100, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6070
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1621 Tongass Ave Ste 100, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6070
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old dog wrote a review Jun 2020
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My first trip to Yes Bay was in 1953, over 65 years ago, before Alaska became a state. I was a stream guard for the Fish and Wildlife Service, a summer job that took me to Alaska and filled a childhoood dream. Yes Bay was my wilderness home for six weeks. This was an incredibly beautiful spot in Southeast Alaska, scared by the site of an abandoned, partially burned, salmon canneery. What happened during my visit is documented in my book, "PaPa;s Alaska Stories, 1953-1954", available at Amason.com. I knew that I had to return when I heard there was a fishing lodge at Yes Bay. The Hack family lodge has brought about a beautiful transformation to the site. Their lodge blends so nicely with the natural surroundings. I am now 86 years old, not as agile as I was at 19, and have a visual handicap. I have been returning to the lodge with my family for several years and each trip has bveen exceptional. For many yeaqrs I have fished remote Canada and other parts of the US . , but all fall short in comparison. The first time only my son-in-law and my grandson went with me. In years that followed we brought the ladies and made it a grand famiy vacation. The first day Pam went out with John and me we had our18 salmon limit, a halibut, and two rockfish before lunch. I told Pam that she must have been our lucky charm. That year we brought home 165 lbs. of fish. The accomodations are top notch. The staff and management treat guests as royalty, I am an early riser. I am up when the kitchen crew gets started in the morning. My day starts with a freshly brewed cup of coffee sitting in front of the massive fire place contemplating the new day. The sweet aromatic scent of cedar smoke conjures memories when life was not so grand for me here. By the time the othwe guests are up I have had my second cup, a YBL gorilla cookie or two, and ready to catch some fish. I admit that my personal history with Yes Bay has influenced my feelings about the location, however my feelings about the lodge are genuine and my review was not solicited or compensagted by the management. What is advertised is not an oversstatement. Each year I look forward to see old frienfs and meet new ones, Ryan and Nicki are graceous hosts. Once in awhile I even get a chance to chat with dad Kevin and uncle Bill and talk about what it was like in the old days.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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La C wrote a review Mar 2020
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Let me start out by saying I researched fishing lodges for several months before making the decision to go to Yes Bay. If you're like us, when you book a trip like this it can sometimes be a once in a lifetime bucket list trip and you want everything perfect. There isn’t a week that goes by that I either talk about this trip, show pictures or brag about how awesome our stay was. Let’s get to the details. After contacting Ryan, we had great communication throughout my very extensive list of questions and concerns. We are avid fishermen, but as this was celebrating our 24yr. anniversary, we also wanted the atmosphere to be nice. I had read other reviews from other lodges that talked about the party atmosphere and the raucous nights, and we really didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars to listen to that. The lodge itself is dated and rustic, but it should be it’s been there since the early 1900’s. The rooms are just like the pictures. Think 1980’s motel, but CLEAN and cozy. The mattress was a little firm for us, but after a full day and a glass of wine you hardly noticed. The showers were always hot with good pressure. The walls are thin and we had a heavy snorer next to us a few nights but managed just fine. It was nice that every guest was like-minded. From mechanics to doctors it was all about the atmosphere and the fishing. We met fantastic people and enjoyed great conversation. Nothing pretentious about this place. Every morning you were met with hot coffee, tea, cookies etc. and a roaring fire to enjoy it by. The main areas are comfortable, with a pool table, ping pong and a small bar area where appetizers are served while you look over the bay and watch the fish jump, seals dive and the eagles soar. Dining area is overlooking the bay as well with a nice wood burning stove. Speaking of food. You will gain weight here! Over seven days we did not experience one bad meal. This is five star food with family hospitality. Our diet is mainly pescatarian and they were more than able to accommodate us. I could go on for another page just on the food! Everything is FRESH and homemade, from breads to deserts. Nikki and Maryann did a wonderful job. The fishing. What sold us on this trip is they have a two person per boat standard. Basically you have a personal guide and never have to fight for a rod, or wait your turn. I believe it’s the only place in Alaska that does this. Our guide was Tina (Old Spice). She was very knowledgeable, as this was her 6th year guiding, and she had no problem putting us on the fish. She worked tirelessly to get on the spots, and didn’t waste our day. If they weren’t there we moved until we found them. We caught silvers, pinks, chum, halibut, rockfish, cod, crab, shrimp and even a two pound squid, which was a blast to do! The biggest Halibut was 70 lbs! We fished from 7am until they made us come in! Ha-ha. The weather was great for our stay with a couple of really cold mornings and one windy and rainy day. The bay allows you to fish even in bad weather. You can always tuck in somewhere and do well. All rain gear and boots are provided. We also enjoyed taking a hike in the forest, and trying some river fishing. Wherever we were while at Yes Bay the scenery was breathtaking. The one thing I would like to address was our boat. They have newer boats that have a solid cuddy, as well as the canopy covered boats. We always felt safe and stable, however when the rains came, and they will, it would have been nice to be in a cabin as opposed to the canopy WITHOUT side curtains. It’s a little more privacy for the women as well when nature calls. Just be aware that they have two different style boats. You can see them both on their website. The bathrooms really need a shelf for your personals. The walls have room so it would be a nice addition. Not sure if other rooms have one, but ours did not. The main thing that sticks in my mind was the cohesiveness of the staff. Everyone from head to tail was top notch. You would never want for anything, and they all did their jobs as if they loved them, because I believe they really did. From Ryan and Nikki, to Con, Brianna, Maryann, Anita, all the guides willing to share their knowledge and stories, and whoever else we came in contact with, you were all like family, Thank you. All in all we ended up taking home close to 250 pounds of fish that we have enjoyed every week for the last 7 months (and beyond). We really dream of returning one day.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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KMM wrote a review Feb 2020
San Francisco, California1 contribution
Our family has been coming to Yes Bay since 1990. We’ve always had an outstanding experience on and off the water. Young or old, experienced or completely new to fishing Yes Bay is a wonderful place to visit. The facilities, the guides, and the location make for an unparalleled experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Stan M wrote a review Oct 2019
Anchorage, Alaska48 contributions8 helpful votes
I have spent the last two summers as a guide at Yes Bay Lodge. Are you ready for a unique fishing experience? Ready for whatever the day brings? Do you have a sense of adventure and need a couple of Ahhhs in your life. This might be the place for you. The lodge is remote, situated 35-40 minutes away from Ketchikan, AK by float plane or 1.5 hours by water on our new "Water Horse" transport boat. The beauty of the area will astound and amaze you as you look at the trees growing out of the rock cliffs. Fishing the "inside" waters of Behm Canal is usually calmer than the open ocean. Your professional guide will do their very best to put you on the fish. We fish for all 5 species of Salmon, Halibut, Yellow Eye Rockfish and other assorted rockfish. All of your catch is processed, vacuum packed and frozen on site. The food is top notch ranging for fresh fish, beef, chicken and pork. Special need meals are also available. The staff and crew look forward to your visit in the 2020 season.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Carol C wrote a review Sep 2018
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My husband has been traveling to Alaska annually for decades; I’ve been going with him since we married 3 years ago. This year we decided to try a different lodge and investigated the numerous options available at the Sportsman International Expo. We settled on Yesbay Lodge partly because the managers Nicky and Ryan treated us so well at their booth. I was also interested in a lodge that was “female friendly” rather than a rough male oriented place (as some of these hunting/fishing places are). Yesbay Lodge appeared to fit the bill. Ryan’s pretrip communication was thorough and timely. We felt taken care of before we even arrived. We choose to spend the night in Ketchikan so we had time to explore the downtown before going to the lodge. They actually sent a van downtown to get us and take us to the float plane for a 30 minute flight to the lodge. Though it was raining Ryan was on the dock to welcome us and escort us to the lodge. Note: There is a sharp uphill ramp and 15-20 stairs to negotiate but if you are in a wheelchair you can be accommodated. The public areas of the lodge are beautifully decorated with mounts and rustic decor. Our room was also paneled and rustic with a huge king bed and plenty of luggage room. Rain gear and boots were already hanging in the closet. I have a gluten allergy and the head chef (Ryan’s wife Nikki) ensured that I was accommodated at every meal. They even made me special gluten free chocolate chip Cookies! Meals are excellent and plated stylishly. Lunch is your choice - either eat on the boat or come in from fishing to eat at the lodge. The fishing is spectacular- we caught 226 lbs over 5 days of silver salmon, cod, flounder, rockfish. Our private fishing guide Stan was wonderful- experienced and knowledgeable. I have some physical disability and he was patient and helpful with my limitations. In all, a 5 day heaven on earth experience: wonderful people, food, fishing, lodging and scenery. It doesn’t get much better than Yes Bay Lodge!
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Date of stay: September 2018
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