I had always wanted to visit Alaska and do some of the great fishing I had heard about so I started looking at places to stay. I couldn't believe just how many lodge's there are to choose from. I spent a great deal of time comparing lodges, prices, and what all was offered. In the end my buddy and I decided on Hooksetters and was it ever the right call. I booked thru Glenn and Russell Fishing Company.
The lodge itself is beautiful and the guest rooms are quite nice. We decided to stay in one of the private 2-person cabins. There are two beds in each cabin with a mini fridge and a full bath. While I am sure staying in the lodge would be great, we really liked the cabins. They have a total of three 2-person cabins and one 4-person cabin. Perhaps the best thing about the grounds is the covered fire pit. That's where everyone hangs out. Plenty of seating around the pit and it gives you a chance to meet all the other folks at the lodge. We made some great friends while there and have been invited to visit a Texas ranch anytime we want.
The food was excellent. The lady they have doing the cooking really shines. There was plenty of food and it all tasted great. The evening meal is a sit down dinner. One night we had steak, one night was fresh salmon, one night was pork loin, etc. Lunch is packed for you to take fishing. It was usually a sandwich with fruit, chips, cookies, drinks, etc. They also provide a small cooler to carry everything in for your day on the water. Breakfast was pastries, muffins, toast, breakfast burritos, fruit, usually some type of breakfast casserole, etc. You won't go hungry.
The fishing was every bit as good as I have heard about! I caught sockeye and silver salmon until I got tired of reeling them in. Part of out package included a fly-out trip and you really have to do one of those. Just the sights from the plane is worth it but of course we caught some beautiful silver salmon. We also went halibut fishing and caught our limit of them as well. The guides are exceptional. A really knowledgeable and friendly group of guys who truly seemed to enjoy being there with you. We were also able to bring back a 50lb box of fillets. After fishing they clean and process your catch and deliver them to your door the day you leave. They easily stayed frozen until we arrived home and we are still enjoying them today.
Not sure what else to say. If you are looking for a great Alaskan Fishing Adventure look no further than the Hooksetters Lodge. Maybe the best compliment I can give them is that we have already booked our return trip for 2013!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An Uncommon Alaska Vacation Lodge with a Unique PhilosophyAlaska Hooksetters is “not your typical Alaska fishing lodge offering your typical Alaska fishing packages at your typical Alaska trip prices.”Why? Because three businessmen joined together a few years ago to create a Kenai Alaska venue and environment that welcomestheir friends and family to a “home away from home” Alaska Vacation on the Kenai Peninsula;fishermen of all ages and skills, and non-fishermen alike….even if they are traveling together; couples looking to truly experience an Alaska Vacation on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula; families on an Alaska Vacation who may not want a full week of non-stop Alaska fishing charters;companies looking for a great Alaska retreat, event or incentive.Our philosophy and perspective is different. Alaska Hooksetters Lodge wants to build memories. Surely a 70lb king salmon, a 300lb halibut or a 10lb rainbow will do that. But so will sharing stories around a covered fire pit or walking the gray soft sand beach near the mouth of the mighty Kenai River. What could be more memorable than a hike along a river or through a lush landscape taking photos of the wildlife; a grizzly bear and her cubs, a moose and her newborn calves, or an eagle soaring above the trees. As the years pass us by, the fondest recollections of your Alaska vacation may be the solitude of your surroundings, the call of the loon, the magnificent and breathtaking mountains where they rise from Cook Inlet, or the fabulous Midnight Sun. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alaska Hooksettters Lodge Kenai