2016 in Review

Written by Ken Brough on December 26th, 2016 | Leave A Comment »

We find ourselves in the last days of another year. We had a very busy season at our lodge at Whale Pass. The year started off with a very mild winter and summer weather came early with temperatures reaching in the 70’s in May. We started our season with some construction projects and black bear hunts in May. The first of our Summer Silvers showed up in the bay in front of the lodge right on schedule on June 15th. It was, however, an overall down year for Silvers all over Southeast Alaska. We had some days of very good Silver fishing but some days of not so good fishing as well. The number of the Neck Lake Outlet Silvers returning this year was the lowest we have ever seen. Last time we had a down year like this, the following year was a record run. So we will hope history repeats itself and that 2017 is a banner year. Guests caught a lot of Sockeye in July and Pinks in August. The fall Silver runs on the Island saw the least fish that old timers could ever remember. We heard the same sentiments about the fall run from all over Alaska. Bottom fishing was overall very good all summer however. We caught halibut from early May right up through the middle of September. The quality and number of Sitka Blacktail Deer seen and taken this year was above normal both early and during the rut hunt. We appreciate all the guests who chose our lodge for their visit to Alaska. We had a lot of repeat guests in 2016 as well as first time ones. We enjoyed renewing friendships and creating new ones. As the calendar turns to another new year we wish a truly Happy New Year to all our family and friends!


2017 Sportsmen’s Shows

Written by Cody Brough on December 16th, 2016 | Leave A Comment »

The show season is almost upon us! We’ll be trying out a couple new shows as well as the ones we usually attend. We’ll be traveling to Utah, Colorado, California, Montana, Washington, and Idaho this year. See the schedule below for the full list of shows we will be at. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on our booth location at each show and other information. We hope to see you in our travels!


License and Tag Fee Increase

Written by Cody Brough on December 3rd, 2016 | Leave A Comment »

If you’ve been thinking about hunting Sitka blacktail deer next year, now is the time to book your trip and buy your hunting license and locking tags! Starting Jan. 1 2017, all non-resident tag fees will double in cost. The good news is if you buy your 2017 hunting license and tags by Dec. 31 2016, you can buy them at the lower price. With the price increase a deer tag will increase from $150 to $300. The cost of hunting licences will also increase with an annual non-resident hunting license increasing from $85 to $160. So if you’ve wanted to hunt blacktail deer, booking your trip and buying your licenses and tags before Dec. 31 will save you money. You can also buy your 2018 hunting license at the lower cost if you know you will be hunting in Alaska then. If you’ve drawn a black bear tag, be sure to buy that before the price increase too. You can buy your licenses and locking tags on the Alaska Fish and Game website. Email us or give us a call about our hunting packages and availability. We’re also happy to answer any other questions you may have!