Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is your fishing program?
- When is the fishing best?
- What is included in my package cost?
- What is not included in my package cost?
- Can I take fish home?
- Where are you located and how do we get to the lodge?
- What are the accommodations like?
- What about special diets?
- What do I need to bring?
- How are the bugs?
- What about bringing children?
- What other types of alcohol are available to purchase? Can I bring my own?
- What kind of food is served? I am a vegetarian; can this be accommodated?
1. What is your fishing program?
Fishing begins shortly after you arrive at the lodge! That night, the dinner hours are extended to allow you the maximum time on your first day. Your normal day will begin with breakfast, served anytime between 6am-9am; this allows you to start your day early or a little later, if you prefer. Since the Alagnak River offers a diversity of fishing with limited boat travel, you can fish for multiple species of fish in a single day.
Your guide will discuss the day’s plans with you the night before and take your river lunch orders. We have several daily options of food, including, the preparation of your freshly caught salmon prepared for you by your guide along the river. You can fish up until 6:00-6:30pm and dinner is served at 7pm. Appetizers are served in the Main Lodge from 5-7pm.
2. When is the fishing best?
Depending on what fish species you are targeting, the best fishing can vary with the runs. For more specifics, please check our Fish Calendar or call us directly. Note: Pink Salmon run only on even years in the Alagnak River. When the Pinks and Chums are running alongside each other, the action is nonstop.
3. What is included in your package cost?
Included in your package are the following: all meals, soft drinks, wine & beer, accommodations, fishing license and King Salmon stamp, fully guided daily fishing, rods & reels, flies & lures, and waders & boots.
4. What is not included in your package cost?
- Round Trip flight from Anchorage to the lodge (via charter or commercial through King Salmon)
- Items for personal use, gift shop purchases, optional Fly outs for bear viewing or small stream fishing.
- Gratuities for guide and for camp staff. Our Welcome Letter to guests contains recommendations for gratuities.
5. Can I take fish home?
Yes! Many of our guests wish to take home the salmon they’ve caught. For more detailed information on amounts & transporting your catch, see our Equipment list
Please note, we adhere to a strict catch and release policy on all native stream fish. (Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling, Arctic Char & Dolly Varden)
6. Where are you located and how do we get to the lodge?
We are located 300 air miles SW of Anchorage in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The lodge is located 30 miles north of the closest commercial airport located in King Salmon. You will be flown from Anchorage direct to the lodge by private charter or by commercial airline to King Salmon and met there for transfer to the lodge. Please see our Travel Information sheet for more details.
7. What are the accommodations like?
Katmai Lodge has various housing options available. We have single rooms with private bath, couples rooms, doubles/triples with bath and buildings with rooms with shared baths that adjoin common areas with couches, small fridge and a fly tying bench for relaxing with your group.
We can accommodate various size groups without anyone feeling crowded!
8. What about special diets?
Our chef and kitchen staff can accommodate most special diets. You can note a specific condition/diet restriction on our guest info forms. Being remote, certain items are not available to us locally.
We do our best to accommodate all requests; however, if we cannot provide for your needs, we will inform you in advance.
9. What do I need to bring?
We provide all rods/reels and flies/lures. For those of you who do not have waders and boots we have a variety of sizes to fit most everyone.(Feel free to bring your own waders/rods/reels). If you need any xxlarge or children’s sizes, please contact us in advance. Please view our Equipment list for all the details.
10. How are the bugs?
The level of insect activity is usually a function of the weather. Normally we have at least a light wind which takes care of them. A repellent with 35% Deet works well. 100% Deet is not necessary and can be hard on skin and equipment. Head net or “bug jackets” are normally not needed, but you may want to bring one if you are especially sensitive to insect bites. We sell repellent in the lodge store, but feel free to bring your own.
11. What about bringing children?
Katmai Lodge welcomes families with children. We offer a 50% discount for children 16 years of age and under. As we are a fishing lodge, parents should evaluate how much their child will engage in the experience and decide the appropriate age to bring them. We have had the pleasure of watching many kids grow up over the years while coming to Katmai.
12. What other types of Alcohol are available to purchase? Can I bring my own?
In the Main Lodge, we offer a variety of well drinks for purchase. Mixers, ice and garnishes are provided.
Wine is available for purchase by the bottle, but as always, is complimentary during the evenings and at dinner. We do not sell liquor by the bottle. You are welcome to bring your own liquor of preference.
13. What kind of food is served? I am a vegetarian can this be accommodated?
Our chef and kitchen staff serve a variety of hearty meals such as prime rib, freshly caught salmon, halibut, barbecue meats and fish, turkey, steak, chicken and Italian specialties. All these are accompanied by assorted side dishes, salads, breads and desserts. Vegetarian diets can certainly be accommodated with fish, assorted vegetable dishes and salads.
We want you to have the best adventure that this unspoiled land has to offer! You will be surprised at the remoteness and the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
If you have any other questions that we have not covered, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.