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Zachar Bay Lodge

54 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Zachar Bay Lodge
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $5,000 to $6,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $4,000 to $5,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing

Zachar Bay Lodge sits on Kodiak Island and right on the edge of Zachar Bay. The lodge is part of an old cannery that was built in the 1920's. Today, the compound features 11 guest rooms with double occupancy. The rooms are comfortable and feature two twin beds and basic facilities. The food is excellent. Meals are served family style and feature locally caught fresh seafood such as Halibut. The overall experience here is outstanding. There is plenty of the original cannery operation left to give guests the feeling of what it was like to work in a fish cannery. It makes for an inspiring adventure!

Fishing with Zachar Bay Lodge

Zachar Bay Lodge offers both freshwater and ocean fishing adventures. They provide most of the equipment that you will need though many of their guests bring their fishing poles and rigging. They suggest that you bring your waders. The weather around Kodiak is strongly influenced by the marine environment. Bring layers of clothes including rain gear.

Freshwater Fishing: Guests mostly fish in the local freshwater streams and rivers such as the Zachar River or fly out to the Frazer River. These are remote locations, so the wilderness is right there with you. Freshwater fishing includes all five species of Salmon, the Kings, Silver, Sockeye, Chum, and Pink. Additionally you will can fish for Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout. The Rainbows and the Dolly Varden are very fond of Salmon roe and will follow the Salmon upstream. Both are excellent targets for sports fishermen as they are both fighters.

Ocean Fishing: The waters around Kodiak Island are filled with fish. Expect to catch Salmon and Halibut, as well as a variety of Cod and Snapper, like the wonderfully tasting Red Snapper. If you are truly lucky, you will get to pit your fishing prowess against the thrilling and wily Lingcod. These largemouth predators are long, lean fighters that are also excellent to eat. Then there is the Halibut. These are huge laterally compressed fish that very in size. The small ones called Chickens, weigh under 100 pounds. The larger ones called Barn Doors, can easily weigh 100-500 pounds. The monsters and god help you if you hook one, can weight up to 1000 pounds.

The Fishing Season on Kodiak Island

June is an awesome time to visit Kodiak Island. The Halibut are biting, and the waters are perfect for Pacific Cod and Rockfish. The Sockeye Salmon are in the streams, and the Dolly Varden are hungry. By the time July hits, the Chum Salmon are entering the Zachar river and the Rainbows are right there with them. The Halibut and Cod fishing remains strong. By August, the Silver Salmon have started hitting spoons and flashers in Ocean waters, and the river fishing has hit its full season. By the end of August the Silvers are in the rivers, and the Halibut are biting. Silver Salmon are awesome on a fly rod. They fight, breach, and fight more.

Zachar Bay Lodge is an outstanding place to enjoy a wonderfully rich fishing adventure. The place is comfortable. The food is awesome, and the fishing is perfectly intense.

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August 2019 fishing trip
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 13, 2019
  • Disappointed in the fishing, Halibut fishing was not good and the few we caught were small in comparison to the previous three trips I took about 20 years ago. The Silver Salmon fishing was also not...
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Best fishing and wildlife lodge in Kodiak, Alaska.
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 31, 2019
  • Having been to 5 different lodges for fishing over the last decade we can personally recommend Zachar Bay Lodge as the best. Superb location for fishing, both sea and river within minutes.Wildlife...
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Wonderful stay and so much wildlife seen
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 15, 2019
  • A wonderful time. The bear watching on foot with Kyle was a once in a lifetime experience. Great marine life watching as well and saw whales, seals, sea lions, lots of sea otters, puffins, etc. They...
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