Yes Bay Lodge
Most of the Yes Bay history is chronicled after the Boston Fishing & Trading Company cannery was constructed in the area in 1887. In 1890 it employed a diverse group of Chinese, Native Americans and white men and women, totaling 85 permanent residents and 14 houses, averaging 25,000 cases per season. This company cannery was in operation until 1900. After several years idle, the cannery was purchased and renamed the Pacific Fisheries Cannery, and it stayed active until closing in 1936. Alaska was still only a US Territory; statehood would come much later. The US Bureau of Commercial Fisheries had a hatchery near here until closing it in the 30s, when President Roosevelt instituted his economy program and transferred all hatchery personnel back to the United States (the lower 48).
Construction of the lodge building began in the mid-1950’s, originally to be used as a casino and cat house. However, it never opened for business, due to the fact that the Alaskan Territory became a state, and the government was required to outlaw gambling and prostitution. The building was purchased in 1977 by Art and Marlys Hack, who transformed it into one of Southeast Alaska’s first successful sport fishing lodges. Now their son, Kevin, runs the lodge, in the Hack Family tradition. Warm and inviting, our accommodations within Yes Bay Lodge feature natural wood walls, roomy private baths with tub/shower combinations, and traditional lodge décor. Rooms within Yes Bay Lodge are designed for double occupancy with two beds, or upon request we can convert your bed into a California King. There is plenty of closet space for all your gear.
Fishing in Alaska
Arrival – Once you arrive at Ketchikan International Airport, proceed directly downstairs to our Promech Air service counter. The agent there will coordinate your scenic floatplane trip out to Yes Bay. You should plan on arriving in Ketchikan around 3:30 pm, for a direct connection to your floatplane. Should you wish to come earlier and take advantage of the sightseeing and activities Ketchikan has to offer, you will need to check in with the Promech office at 4:00 pm to insure your 4:30 departure to Yes Bay. All guests will depart the lodge for the airport at 6 am, unless their package includes fishing on day of departure. Those guests fishing until 11:30 am will depart the lodge at 12:30 pm. Please note that floatplane departures from the lodge are later in September, check with our reservationist for details.
Breakfast is served at 7:00 am and your day begins from there. Whether fishing, hiking, kayaking or seeking wildlife, your guide will work with you to customize a trip that is uniquely your own. Generally on fishing days guests will come back to the lodge to weigh, process and take photos with their fish at 11:30 am. You will enjoy a hot lunch and head back out for more fishing or any adventure you have planned with your guide. You may also arrange to take a box lunch out for a full day on the water. You will return to the lodge at 5:30 pm to take more pictures of your catch and relax before dinner which is served at 6:30.
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