AK-317-big-king-300x300 Take a place of stunning scenery; make it a fly-in only area; add on awesome saltwater fishing; add on awesome freshwater fishing and top it off with a super hard-working charter captain and adventure transporter, and you have a very special treat. Now make it very affordable to boot! Hunt Nation founders Butch and Joan Manasse (and another couple), checked this operation out in August of 2021 and they celebrated their 56th anniversary in all that awesome grandeur! This operation is on Kodiak Island in Alaska, making it even more enticing. And oh boy, when the costs turn out to be very moderate and very do-able for most folks, we get downright excited! And if all that is not exciting enough, this charter captain offers both fishing and DIY hunting!! You can do a very affordable cast and blast, taking up to 3 Sitka blacktails, plus halibut and some trout and salmon!! We have very high hopes and expectations for this operation. One of the last Alaska bargains!! Many lodges charge $5,000 and up!!

In the saltwater on his comfortable 26’ twin engine charter boat (with a cabin for unpredictable weather),– you can expect to catch halibut, silver salmon, King salmon and other salmon species, plus lingcod, and multiple varieties of rockfish. You are likely to see whales and also otters, eagles, mountains and more. You normally are allowed to bring home 50 pounds of fresh fish per person, so a couple can bring back 100 pounds of halibut and salmon and other fish! That is exactly what Butch and Joan did, bringing home some salmon but about 90 pounds of fresh halibut! At current fish market prices, you are looking at a savings of $1,000 or more in fresh fish. And if weather interferes, just hit the streams! Here’s what a previous client had to say:

“Spent a week with him on Kodiak. Caught a ton of coho trolling in his new boat. We also had him guide us on mountain hikes to lakes where we caught trout, and then of course we got a lot of halibut and cod off the bottom. He is a great host and always asked us what we wanted to do and then helped us do it. Loved spending time on Kodiak in Larson Bay.”


Butch called it the most action packed halibut fishing he had ever experienced! Typically get up about 5:45; a full breakfast cooked for you, drive 5 minutes to the wonderful docks, walk to the boat, and expect to have a halibut on within less than an hour after leaving the dock! Quite literally, using his GPS/Chartplotter, the skipper would put Butch’s group instantly onto fish. On the first drop of the morning, normally every angler hooked up! ON THE FIRST DROP!! And they did that every single day! Then once you all catch your limit of 2, (releasing any halibut you do not wish to keep), move on for salmon, cod, ling, rockfish, or even go to a stream. The halibut limit is a good one here. One fish up to 32”; then one of any size!! With many areas allowing smaller fish or only one halibut, this is a great chance to fill your freezer. The skipper filleted all fish and everything ends up frozen and vacuum sealed. Lunch is usually a sandwich and snacks on board, return around 3 or 4 PM. Dinner will be served in the dining room at about 6 to 7.

Your skipper can take you to fish a number of streams within boating range of the Lodge. Understand that the town of Larsen Bay, just closed its school as they were down to a single student. There is no grocery, no anything! Few people live here, so pressure on the streams is almost non-existent. You can catch some awesome silvers (coho), fish commonly running 10 to 15 pounds and can reach to 20 pounds! Once airborne, they tear off down river, so be ready. Steelhead, Dolly Varden, Kings, red salmon (sockeye) char, and pink salmon all are here. Within the protected coves and fjords here, you can find these fish within a reasonable boat ride. Do be prepared to do some hiking once you disembark. You may have to hike 20 to 45 minutes to get to the prime pools above tidewater. Brown bears are commonly seen so be aware of that. We at Hunt Nation love these smaller, secluded streams. Easy to diagnose where to fish and easy to catch fish as well. One favorite is the Zachar River, an easy boat ride away. A hike of about 45 minutes to an hour gets you into prime fishing. Bring your own spoons, spinners, jigs or flies, although he will provide more if you come up short. Ask us for suggestions on tackle. We have extensive experience.


One of the most famed fishing rivers on Kodiak, and in Alaska, is the well-known Karluk River. The Karluk River has heavy runs of salmon, although King salmon have recently been slower. It has runs of Kings, sockeyes and silver salmon, plus Butch’s favorite fish, the magnificent steelhead. The King salmon run the river for the entire month of June. The sockeye run in May and even into mid-September. The gem of this river, however, is the silver salmon run, which starts in late August and peaks in September. These silvers run 8 to 20 pounds in the river, and good anglers can catch 10 to as many as 30 of these bright and feisty beauties in a day, assuming you are releasing them and keep only the limit. And many of the silvers reach trophy sizes! The Kings are also good sized, ranging from 20 to 40 pounds and some up to 55 pounds. The smaller sockeye are in the 4- to 12-pound range. And Kodiak has some of the most liberal fish limits in Alaska (no Kings can be retained from the river, so clients fill their “take home” boxes out in the saltwater first). Steelhead can be over 20 pounds and are best later on, late September thru November. Someone is with you all the time, armed with a gun and bear spray. Usually bears just want the fish!

This operation can access three more streams from the lodge by boat and ATV, so plenty of different opportunities exist for the adventurous, and he will transport you to wherever fishing is hottest. Heck, you can walk to a good silver and pink stream just a few minutes from the lodge. He has saltwater gear, and freshwater spinning outfits, but you must have your own waders (felt soles are not allowed!). A 7-day fishing license is under $50.

For hunting, you can literally hunt Sitka blacktails by walking out the back door, or he can boat you to some hot spots. He tells us he has been virtually 100% on deer for these DIY trips. You can cruise along in his skiff, glassing for a likely target, then plan a stalk and have at it. Or, if you are fit enough, tackle climbing the mountains and you may find the largest trophies there. He will equip you with radios, and he will remain in the boat nearby while you hunt. He is not a licensed hunting guide, so legally he cannot actually guide you or handle your game, but he can put you where they are. He will supply vacuum bags, a sealer and freezers so you can process your game. You can also donate it. Best time for deer is October and November, and coincidentally those are good months for big fresh-run steelhead, and maybe some late silvers. How about just walking out the back door to hunt, while dinner is being prepared?!

AK-317-cast-blast-at-its-finest-300x300 If you love duck hunting, this place will offer many unique species. He has Harlequins, eiders, goldeneyes and also puddle ducks. Most duck hunting is done by walking to a nearby pond or out on a point where you can employ decoys. And he will have a Zodiac to chase down the ducks as needed. If budget minded, consider his DIY hunting cabins – no boats, but you can hunt right out the back door! Some of us at Hunt Nation really want to try this!

For those who just want to kick back, he will do boat trips, ATV trips, whatever you would like to do or see. Great photo opportunities abound, along with awesome scenery and wildlife. Expect to see deer, bears, seals, otters, sea lions, eagles, puffins and ducks of many kinds. A kayak or two and the ATVs are also available to use. Here’s some more from previous clients:

“I’ve spent a week at this lodge for each of the last 4 years. It is the true Alaskan experience. Accommodations are comfortable, fishing & hunting opportunities are abundant, and the owner is an expert on the area. What he has been able to accomplish building his lodge on a remote piece of oceanfront property is nothing short of amazing. Showing others the experience of a lifetime comes easy to him. With Larsen Bay’s rugged beauty and the lodge’s serene setting, it’s easy to see why its his passion. I’ve spent time at a number of lodges around Alaska, and fully recommend his operation.” – T. Johnson

“This lodge is totally off the grid. The Captain/owner is happy to help visitors catch their limit of fish, deer, etc. But this lodge is also a great respite for a group or family who wants to get off the grid and into nature. You can see whales from the deck of the guest cabin. And there is excellent hiking (bring tall rubber boots!) right out the door. You can head up a mountain or down to the beach, which is rocky not sandy like most Alaskan beaches.

“I’ve been there several times, and have gotten some of the best wilderness and wildlife photos/videos I’ve ever taken. I saw an eaglet leave the nest and learn to fly from the guest cabin. The views from the lodge are mesmerizing.” – Lynn N.

Here is a list of some opportunities for you to enjoy:

• Fish the famed Karluk River. They have ATVs for clients to use to access the portage at the head of Larsen Bay. Or charter fish the incredibly prolific salt waters of Larsen Bay!
• Walk to another salmon stream right out of the lodge. Great for silver salmon and pink salmon.
• Unguided Sitka blacktail deer hunting. Success is 100% to date. They have A LOT of deer and can do transports to various areas as part of your full hunting package. They have a 26’ Wool Ridge Landing Craft for hunters, plus use of the ATVs.
• This is very remote and they cater to DIY hunters by supplying an inexpensive basic cabin that sleeps 4, with a kitchen and room to hang out. You can hunt deer & ducks. There is an electric fence to keep bears away from clients and meat.
• Full service option includes lodging, meals, guided fishing or transport-only for hunting, plus processing of meat and fish.
• Hiking, kayaking, whale watching, bear viewing, photography and more.

In terms of timing your stay, here is a general outline of typically best times:

• KING SALMON – May thru July
• SILVER SALMON – August thru October
• PINK SALMON – July and August
• STEELHEAD – October thru December
• HALIBUT AND LINGCOD – July thru September
• ROCKFISH – Year-round
• DEER – August thru September
• WATERFOWL – October thru December

LIMITS: Expect daily limits in the saltwater of 5 salmon, 2 halibut, 5 rockfish and 4 tanner crabs. Lots to take home!

Several options exist: the unique off-grid lodge; the on-grid lodge; and remote cabins for DIY.

317.outside-lodge-300x225 The Off-Grid Lodge

The off-grid lodge is truly a wonder; hand-built remotely, using wood salvaged from the sea and milled on the actual site! The build was an odyssey to construct, under difficult situations. At present, it is still very rough and suitable at present for only diehards. It is one of many projects underway here, and will be a great addition once completed. For now, we suggest you utilize the main lodge. If, however, you are hunters who want to rough it (outhouse, marginal amenities), it is dry and warm. You can literally walk out the back door and go hunting, and we saw blacktails right there. Or stay at the main lodge and he will transport you daily to this side of the Bay, or anywhere else that offers good access to prime hunting areas. It features dramatic views of the ocean, the mountains and the bay, with an eagle nest next door. It is 1,500 square feet, with an open sleeping loft, plus outhouse, of course. About a 15-minute boat ride to the main lodge. With the full-service plan, they prepare 3 wholesome meals daily, including your catch or kill if you so desire. For DIY folks, if you wish they can stock it with food at reasonable cost for your own cooking. No liquor out there, so bring it with you if desired, or ask them to order it in advance for your group. We think it will be 2022 or 2023 before this camp is really ready for guests, unless you are happy to rough it.


Butch’s group of two men and two women stayed here. If your group wants a comfortable and friendly lodge, then stay in this newly renovated 4-bedroom home. From the front porch, Larsen Bay is a couple hundred yards away. Full electricity plus Internet, two bathrooms, a shower and toilets. At present they are still upgrading one bathroom but, as the pictures show, it is quite comfortable. Bedrooms have adequate beds, and the food served to Butch’s group was top notch. One note: if you want alcoholic beverages, either fly them in with you, or order them delivered to the lodge before arriving. No stores here!

You can walk down to the bay and fish in a tiny stream where it empties into the bay. We saw hundreds of pinks, caught a stray sockeye and understand even a few silvers show up. Bear tracks around too; apparently a common sighting in town. The lodge also has a community garden, so fresh veggies picked hours before were served nightly!

DIY CABINS: They also have some cabins that are remote as well. So do inquire of us about where is best for your group.

They have an almost-new, big (31’) boat built with this sort of fishing and hunting in mind. It can handle large groups and keep it safe and fun. It is used to bottom fish for halibut, lingcod, rockfish, or to troll for Kings, silvers and pinks and others.

The skipper tells us everyone gets their deer, assuming a good degree of fitness and knowledge of how to hunt. Alaska Game & Fish estimates there are 80,000 deer on the island! Limit is 3 per person, any sex! Typically, you will be glassing from the cabin of his boat and, upon spotting something, you are put ashore to stalk. Or you can hike. We truly think having a hunt on Kodiak for both deer and ducks, with guided saltwater and freshwater fishing included, is a steal at these prices! Perhaps the best deal on Kodiak, and one of the best deals in Alaska. There is even some non-native caribou that can be hunted, plus fox.

You are transported to some deep beaches where easy access to good areas for big deer is found, and you then load your game onto the bow of the boat. By law, as a transporter for hunters, it is illegal for the skipper to help with the game or to guide, or to process your game. You must do those things yourself.

In addition, if you are an Alaska resident, you can hunt mountain goats and brown bear here, with the correct draw tags. Again glassing from the boat works well. Plenty of foxes and some of the world’s finest waterfowling for a wide variety of species as well. Your skipper is not licensed to guide hunting, but he is free to provide you transport. He has a few ATVs at the remote lodge, but primarily you will boat to an area he knows provides safe access, then glass from boat or grab your pack and go. No small calibers please – this is big bear country! He waits for you, then transports you back to a warm lodge and hot food! You pack out your own game, and you butcher it or donate it. You are given freezer space and use of his vacuum sealer.


Most clients will get to Kodiak via Seattle to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines, so probably plan on a night in Anchorage or alternatively on Kodiak. Ideally you catch an early flight to Kodiak. Arrange for Island Air ( 907 487 4596) – to fly you to Larsen Bay and back. The half hour flight is stunning over all the mountains! Island Air is right there about 200 feet away from the terminal in Kodiak. There are also flights from Seattle to Kodiak on Alaska Air, with travel times of 5-11 hours.

After landing in Kodiak, guests collect their luggage and walk across the parking lot to the Island Air terminal, where they have 3 scheduled flights a day to Larsen Bay. Alternatively, you catch a chartered bush plane to Larsen Bay on your day of arrival, usually Island Air or Andrews Air (you make your own reservations). R/T Cost per person is around $250. It will fly you to Larsen Bay where the outfitter meets you. Larsen Bay is tiny and it is hard to get supplies there, so bring what you need. NOT ONE SINGLE STORE IN LARSEN BAY!

AK-317-lots-of-options-1-300x300 Note: there is a 50-pound limit on bush planes – above that, you pay extra. The outfitter provides all fishing equipment and bait for saltwater fishing. He only provides spinning gear for the rivers; he does not furnish fly gear as of yet. We recommend guests bring their own waders, especially if they want to river fish effectively.

If guests want to overnight in Kodiak, the outfitter recommends the Comfort Inn (which is right near the airport) or the Kodiak Best Western. If those are booked up, the Shelikof Inn is your next best bet.


2024 PRICES (subject to change without notice until deposit received)


• CAST & BLAST (deer, ducks, fish) – $3,975 per person (guiding for fishing; transport only for hunting)
• GUIDED SALTWATER FISHING (salmon, halibut, lingcod, rockfish) – $3,975 per person
• GUIDED FRESHWATER FISHING (salmon in summer, steelhead in fall) – $3,975 per person
• SELF-GUIDED SITKA BLACKTAIL DEER HUNTING – $3,975 per person (included transport, meals, freezing/sealing of meat)
• SELF-GUIDED DUCK HUNTING (puddle ducks and sea ducks) – $3,975 per person

Guided trips include guiding, 3 prepared meals daily, and freezing and vacuuming sealing of meat/fish. Since freezing, sealing and packing often costs $1 to $2 per pound, this is a big savings!

AK-317-another-big-halibut-300x225 OTHER COSTS: For stream fishing, you need an Indian land use permit for $50, plus a fishing license and maybe the King Salmon Stamp if you want to keep Kings. The bush plane fight from Kodiak and back is $250 roundtrip per person.


1. I have my own fishing gear, but I assume you also have both fresh and saltwater gear to use?
They have freshwater spinning and saltwater gear for you to use.

2. I like both river and saltwater fishing. When we do river fishing, are you right there with us?
The guided is right there with you, releasing fish gently when need be with pliers, or helping you land them.

3. I noted the Karluk requires ATV travel? Do you lead us or what?
Your guided will be leading you the whole time.

4. I noted there is a stream you can walk to? How far and what types of fish?
There is a stream 50 yards away from the lodge that is full of pinks and Dolly Varden.

5. Should we buy bear spray in Kodiak or will you have a gun?
Your guided will have a large caliber pistol.