Date: December 20, 2020
Date: December 20, 2020
Date: December 14, 2020
Date: December 8, 2020
In addition to the famous Harlequin and Barrow’s Golden Eye, other waterfowl species commonly found at Larsen Bay Lodge include black scoter, surf scoter, white-winged scoter, and oldsquaw (Long-Tail). When duck hunting opens in early October, a variety of puddle ducks are a bonus to the daily brace of harvested birds.The only thing to rival the beauty of the waterfowl is the picturesque rugged coast of Kodiak Island where the hunting is conducted! Duck hunters are placed by boat on rocky points and small islands in pristine bays with snowy mountain backdrops. The shooting is a mixture of pass shooting and decoying birds. One unique feature of this type of hunting is that you are often shooting at a downward angle at flocks of low flying sea ducks, allowing you to see your shot pattern hits the water. This vividly illustrates whether you are shooting behind the duck and by how much! So you can actually work on your swing and improve your shooting skills as you are duck hunting!
Date: November 28, 2020
Date: November 21, 2020
Sitka Blacktail Deer season is in full swing here at Larsen Bay Lodge. The population is high and the snow on the peaks has driven them down to mid-hill and below. Lots of great recipes for that tasty backstrap!
Date: November 7, 2020
Date: November 1, 2020
Date: October 10, 2020
Come to Larsen Bay Lodge for the fish, stay for the mighty Kodiak Brown Bear! These entertaining mammals are ALL OVER the rivers where we fish. They are focused on fishing and want nothing to do with people, so we get an incredible opportunity to view them in their natural habitat. No concrete paths or gift shops here. We encounter cute cubs with their mama’s, feisty and curious juveniles, grumpy old boars and every age in between.
Date: October 2, 2020
We are proud of the gourmet dining at Larsen Bay Lodge. We ran out of Cookbooks this summer but happy to announce they are back in stock. Take home some ideas for how to prepare your halibut, crab, salmon, venison and more! Every recipe includes something harvested from Larsen Bay.
Date: September 25, 2020
Date: September 11, 2020
The silver salmon (aka Coho) fishery is on fire right now! Both saltwater and freshwater are limiting daily. Come see for yourself! Can’t forget those halibut, yellow eye and black bass too! Seafood chowder on the menu!
Date: September 5, 2020
One of the primest white fish in the world! Lingers won’t win any beauty contests but is sure delicious! Lingcod is a Pacific species whose scientific name – Ophiodon elongatus– says it all. Its roots – the Greek ophis for snake, odons for tooth, and the Latin word elongatus or elongated – provides a fitting description for this odd-looking fish.
Date: August 30, 2020
Say that ten times fast! 🙂 We are deep into silver salmon season, also known as coho salmon. These large shiny beauties are very “bitey” and “fighty” and fun to catch on both the saltwater and freshwater.
Date: August 26, 2020
Date: August 16, 2020
Chef Debbi has really been outdoing herself lately. We are proud to offer fine dining in the wilderness! Last night was a crab cocktail appetizer with cucumbers and tomatoes and for dinner…Surf & Turf! Crab is such a versatile treat with so many delicious ways to eat.
Date: August 10, 2020
We always have strong sockeye salmon runs on Kodiak, but this is one of the best we have seen in years. They are still heading up river in massive numbers when usually this river is finished by this time in August. Bright and fresh too! And where there are sockeyes, there are bears! It is an awe-inspiring experience to fish alongside these mighty mammals!
Date: July 31, 2020
The mighty King Salmon, also known as Chinook, is recognizable for its black gums and oval tail spots. But mostly for its size! Our main season is June and July, but we catch feeders throughout our season. Beautiful and delicious!
Date: July 24, 2020
Date: July 20, 2020
It has been a great year for Snow Crab with full pots every time they are picked. These delicious melt-in-your mouth crustaceans are a great addition to any meal. For appetizers, Chef Debbi has been serving traditional crab cocktail as well as her new crab rangoon. Yum! This isn’t her exact recipe (closely guarded secret 😉 ) but this recipe looks good too!
Date: July 10, 2020
Date: July 7, 2020
Great days on the saltwater fishing Kodiak Island and filling fish boxes. Halibut, king salmon, yellow-eye rockfish, black rockfish and cod. Can’t forget the crab! Full pots! Pair with a nice compound butter and enjoy. Although this crab is so tender and delicious it almost doesn’t even need butter.
Date: June 29, 2020
We are open for business! It is great to be back out on the water. Have you ever caught a halibut that weighs the same as you? But been a little timid and not wanted to get too close? That was this little man’s experience yesterday. So fun! Thanks for the assist Captain Frank.
Halibut regulations have been loosened this year for Kodiak. No annual limits and no closure days! We have always had the highest limits in the state, without a slot restrictions, and now it is even better. Come on up and see for yourself!
Date: June 20, 2020
Opening day is in one week and we are so excited! Testing out the waters for bottom fish. Lots of yellow-eye and a few halibut. My new favorite way to eat white fish is with this Mango, Peach and Pineapple Salsa.
Date: June 14, 2020
Can’t get enough fishing? Kayak fishing is a great way to spend an evening at Larsen Bay Lodge if you haven’t had your fill during the day. We have a double and a single and usually calm water right out in front of the lodge. Lots of daylight too!
One of our guides hit the water today in a kayak to see what he could catch. Past adventures have included being towed around by a massive halibut! Today’s catch was a cod, perfect for fish & chips tonight.
Date: June 7, 2020
King Salmon season has begun! We have seen a few the last couple weeks and the numbers are increasing exponentially daily. They are the largest of the five main species of salmon and some argue the tastiest . Although any true Alaskan knows the red sockeye salmon holds that honor. 😉 Whether the delicious red meat or the illusive white meat, this is a favorite for any table.
Date: May 30, 2020
We finally got out fishing! Breaking in two brand new 250hp outboards for the Hunter. We caught black bass as fast as we could drop those lines. Lots of action! The halibut took a little longer, but it is early season. Even the puppies got in on the action. A little lemon and a lot of chili cilantro butter and we had ourselves a feast!
Date: May 22, 2020
We can’t wait to get out on the water! The species I am most excited about this season is the mighty lingcod. They may not be pretty. In fact they are quite ugly! But the tender, firm, white, flaky meat is so delicious. We caught many big ones in 2019 and can’t wait for 2020. Most halibut recipes work great substituting lingcod, and here is my favorite.
Date: May 18, 2020
The days are getting longer and longer up here as we head toward the summer solstice. This is the view of the bridge to the hot tub and sauna. Every direction has a stunning views but especially to the west at night. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place!
Date: May 11, 2020
We are busy getting the lodge ready to go for the summer. There will be a few new things, like dining tables 10 feet apart and extra cleaning protocols, but we are optimistic and excited to get back out on the water! Tight lines!
Date: May 1, 2020
2019 was a banner year for Sitka Blacktail deer hunts in Larsen Bay. Full freezers and impressive trophies!
Date: April 23, 2020
Hello all! Welcome to our new blog. We have found ourselves in unprecedented times but remain optimistic and eager to fish! We hope you are all remaining safe and healthy and we look forward to putting this all behind us.
The weather in Larsen Bay is warming up daily. Spring has sprung!