During the week of 7/28-8/3/2013 four members of my family were guest at Jimmie Jack’s Alaska Lodge at Soldotna, Alaska. The weather was great and we caught fish but it’s worth noting the King Salmon were very light again this year and the Kenai River was actually closed for King Salmon fishing prior to our arrival and modifications were made to our schedule. There were several issues that we were not pleased with.
There were no management personnel at the lodge during our visit. When problems arose, and there were some, there was no one there to discuss them with. It’s my understanding that “Jimmie Jack” was working full time at another location.
There is no actual fishing or boats at the lodge which is actually located above the Bay.
On each fishing day, a breakfast schedule was posted in the breakfast area for the next day and sometimes it was as early as 5:00. Also included was departure time and arrival time at the fishing location. On occasion, the drive was 2 hours if fishing for Halibut in Homer but never less than 30 minutes. Had Jimmy Jack made that information available prior to arriving, fishing choices might have been different.
It was my understanding that several new guides had been hired for this year’s fishing and they were good to work with but had limited knowledge as to certain areas we were fishing. One guide admitted he had never fished in a particular area but some fish were caught anyway.
Our accommodation was “ Jacks Cabin” which sleeps 4 and is separate from the main Lodge which accommodates most of the other guest. Our cabin was adequate but very sparsely furnished with broken and lacking furniture. The windows from the bedroom faced west and with sunset after 11 PM, it was difficult to sleep in the brightly lit room. Good curtains or blinds would have helped.
The only really bright spots were “house keeping “ and breakfast which was prepared by Colleen. On all days, she kept the breakfast schedule and prepared meals for those scheduled at different times, starting daily at 5:00. Additionally, she prepared sack lunches for all guest which were also good. She was the one person who seemed to actually care about how your day went and her personality brought a warmth to the kitchen which made meals seem like home. Unfortunately, this was
her first year and she will not be returning next year.
Overall, it was not a bad experience but average, certainly not up to the standards
expected from an organization that advertises it’s self as # 1 on Trip Advisor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jimmie Jack’s Alaska Fishing Lodge - Over 10,000 Happy Guests Served Since 1995 - Day Charters to 7-Night Lodge Packages - BOOK ONLINE NOW! King Salmon – Silver Salmon – Sockeye Salmon - Halibut – Rainbow Trout. Excellent Customer Service Since 1995 - 45 Years of Guide Experience Combined - Safest and Most Modern Boats on the Water - Great Food and Accommodations – Top of the Line Equipment – Unparalleled Scenery -Private and Small Group Trips – Beginner to Advanced Anglers – Family Trips – Alaska Travel Industry Association – Kenai River Professional Guide Association (Board of Directors) – Kenai River Sportfishing Association - Kenai River Guide Academy - Fully Insured – U.S. Coast Guard Licensed –State of Alaska Permitted - Featured on North to Alaska with Larry Csonka – Daily KRSM Fishing Report – KTUU News Fishing Report – Coastal Angler Magazine Fishing Forecast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Jimmie Jack's Alaska Lodge Kenai