This trip was a bucket list trip for my family and I. We found Jimmie Jack’s online based on the recommendations and high reviews. Although we came way to early for great fishing, the trip overall was a good experience that left us with wonderful memories, but I feel my review will be helpful for those traveling that way! You really experience Alaska’s true beauty, lodge grounds, and great staff.
1. Halibut Fishing
Depending on the weather, this was a wonderful trip. If you came to bring fish home, this is the trip for you. We came home with our limit each trip. We can’t say enough good things about Captain Charlie and Alex. They were both very helpful and open to what the customers wanted to do. They gave us their knowledge and let us take a risk for the bigger fish. They knew exactly where to go to make it a successful trip!
2. Fly-In Fishing
If you are looking for something you have never and probably will never do again, this trip is for you. We already felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, and it’s the truth. You land on the water and then the plane leaves. This was the breath-taking trip…from seeing bears, eagles, waterfalls, glaciers, it’s the complete package. This was our favorite trip because we actually fished (or snagged) our catch. Most of the other trips, river, halibut, they have you stick your fishing pole in the rod holder. The salmon fishing you snag your salmon and that is what we came for, to cast, reel and catch!
3. Lodge Staff
We were greeted by Jimmie, Robert and Ade when we arrived. From the start they were very hospitable, anticipated our needs, and honestly grew to be our friends. Robert is a wonderful chef who prepared pretty great breakfast and lunches. They do not skimp on meals either, each meal was hearty, tasty and we really enjoyed them.
1. Kasilof River
As the Kenai river was shut down we spent three very long days on the Kasilof river. As a guest, I feel this information should have been communicated prior to our trip. Additionally, there were a lot of new restrictions and changes on what fish you can and can’t keep. Wild versus hatchery, specific lengths and your percentage of catching them. Our guide informed us that we had a 10% chance of catching and keeping a king salmon. To us, this was not worth it. Had we been notified of these changes, we would’ve liked to switch our fishing days. We came for the fish, and were sourly disappointed. Again, as previously mentioned we were required to stick our poles in the rod holders all eight hours until a king hit. When and if they did hit, by the time you get your pole, they got off the single hook. Apparently treble hooks are not authorized for use.
2. Suggested Tips
While we felt we gave the lodge staff an adequate tip, we were shocked and did not anticipate their suggested tip amount for the total trip. No offense to the lodge staff but they do prepare meals, change and clean our room… but for seven days $1,000 tip is a bit extreme. We tip our guides, the fish house, our fly in captain…tips were expected, but not at that suggestion.
The mosquitos will eat you alive. I understand now how they are called Alaska’s state bird. Be prepared for the swarms of them at the lodge as they are near water. The local stores have itch creams, mosquito repellant, candles…etc but they are terrible!
- 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