Category Archives: Destinations

Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

Come join us at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino for our Las Vegas style slot machines. WE JUST GOT HOTTER!! with “A Million Degrees!” We have all of your favorites: Milk Money, Triple 7?s, Fairy’s Fortune, Hot Shot Progressive. With slot machine credit values from .01 cent to $1 dollar.

We have wonderful table games including 5 Blackjack tables, 1 Craps, 1 Roulette, 1 Emperor’s Challenge, 1 3-Card Poker, 2 Spanish 21 and 10 times odds on Craps with table limits from $3 to $250.

If you like poker, we have No-Limit Texas Hold’em Tournaments, just like on TV. Every evening in the poker room join us for a live 2 to 10 spread limit Texas Hold’em game with only a fifty-dollar minimum buy-in. We have jackpots while you play; try for our Monte Carlos, Bad Beat, and High Hands. We can also set up a private Texas Hold ‘em Tournament for your group, whatever the occasion. Our dealers are trained to assist new players! Our poker room is for ages 18 and over.

Quinault Casino Winners

So, come on in and earn points by playing your favorite slot machines or table games for valuable in-house services or merchandise such as spa visits, hotel stays and even dinner in any of the QBR&C’s three restaurants: Emily’s fine dining restaurant, the Sidewalk Bistro and the Ocean Lounge. Just ask the Q-Club Hosts for details.?

Book Your Trip At Ketchikan’s Chinook Shores Lodge

Here’s a message from Ketchikan’s Chinook Shores Loodge:

Best Wishes & Big Fishes

Last year was another growing year at the lodge with new boats, new employees and new legends. We are humbly grateful for those of you who have stayed with us over the years and look forward to sharing our Alaska fishing experience with new anglers in the years to come. Every year new and old fishing friends bring excitement and adventure to our Alaskan lodge life —  Here’s a snapshot from 2016.

Thank you for providing us the opportunity to serve you, we look forward to the 2017 season and hosting you in the years to come.

Best Wishes and Big Fishes,

Jeff and Nadra

 

http://chinookshores.com/

(907) 225-6700

 

 

2 Kenai Riverfront Lots Available

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  • River Mile 43
  • 2.75 acres total (1.11 & 1.64)
  • 300 ft total riverfront (150ft each)
  • Boat Launch
  • Slough
  • Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing
  • Silver Salmon Fishing at it’s
    best
  • Boat or Drive In Access
  • 20 Minutes drive from Soldotna
  • Lot 2 offers an old cabin just steps from the river with a small kitchen and 3/4 bath. Electric & phone in place.

Contact
Steve Renner (907)232-1319
Cari Molinaro (907)841-4223
Keller Williams AK Group of Eagle River
www.properties-alaska.co

Fishing Scenes From The Balkans

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I recently returned from a week road tripping through four different nations/territories (technically five, as our rental car briefly crossed into Croatia but only for about an  hour’s worth of driving) that were once part of the now dissolved Yugoslavia: Serbia, Kosovo (a fascinating place that,  despite claiming independence from Serbia in 2008,  is still not recognized as an independent nation by 110 other flags), Montenegro and Bosnia. I could relay a lot about the cultural diversity and strong opinions my friend and I experienced spending time in nations that hate each other and had a war to prove it.

But this is a far less tension-filled fishing and hunting website. So rather than show off my less than knowledgeable stand on politics and religion, how about simply a collection of fishing images I snapped throughout my trip:

I never figured if these Belgrade, Serbia anglers were fishing the famous "blue" Danube or the converging Sava River that also flows through the capital city.

I never figured if these Belgrade, Serbia anglers were fishing the famous “blue” Danube or the converging Sava River that also flows through the capital city.

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Belgrade has fishing shops too!

Belgrade has fishing shops too!

This guy (pictured above) had quite a great time around the Bay of Kotor

This guy (pictured above) had quite a great time around the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro catching a lot of small fish that he surely made a great meal from.

Lake Skadar is a massive freshwater fishery that is bordered by Montenegro and Albania on its southeast shoreline. We saw a lot of folks fishing for trout, carp and even eel, which is a delicacy in this part of the country.

Lake Skadar is a massive freshwater fishery that is bordered by Montenegro and Albania on its southeast shoreline. We saw a lot of folks fishing for trout, carp and even eel, which is a delicacy in this part of the country.

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I stumbled onto the remains of a Bosnian fish hatchery next to the Buna River.

I stumbled onto the remains of a Bosnian fish hatchery next to the Buna River.

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In the same area, a cool outdoor restaurant patio had a small pond of seemingly carefree trout that will likely become a pond-to-table dish.

In the same area, a cool outdoor restaurant patio had a small pond of seemingly carefree trout that will likely become a pond-to-table dish.

Off the Grid in the Alaska Wilderness

A rare find awaits!

What a rare find!!! This property is totally surrounded by public land, plus you have the Wild and Scenic Talachulitna River right at your foot steps. There is literally no private property on the upper reaches of the Talachulitna River. And there are only just a few parcels at the mid river location.

This property is about a days float from the famous Judd Lake. If you are a fisherman, you probably have heard of the world wide reputation this river has for producing some of the finest angling you can find:

Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char and of course, the “Mighty” King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Reds, Pinks and Dog Salmon.

prop 1This parcel can only be reached by ski plane or snowmobile in the winter or by floating the river. “A very skilled Super Cub pilot may be able to land in the back of the property.” Many people ask for that one and only parcel, off the grid in the Alaska wilderness, so here you have it; a great parcel with a fantastic view of glacier capped mountains, the “Best” fishing and total solitude.

The small, old “Trapper Cabin” from the ancient past is still usable (no value assigned to cabin) and may just be perfect shelter while you build your own log cabin. The Price for the “VERY” rare find is only: $99,900.

Seller prefers cash
Remote Properties, LLC
Your Remote & Recreation Real Estate Broker – Specialist
http://www.remoteproperties.com

907-277-4608

Antler Inn Sits In The Heart Of Jackson, Wyo.

Photo courtesy of Town Square Inns

Photo courtesy of Town Square Inns

Antler Inn

The Antler Inn is the best located property in Jackson Hole, 1 block south of Jackson’s charming, western Town Square, and just steps from numerous restaurants, shops, art galleries, and nightspots. Our property is convenient to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Over 110 rooms, many with fireplaces, a 25-person hot tub, sauna, and 100 person conference room, the Antler is the perfect place for anyone looking for fine accommodations in the middle of everything.

Set amid Jackson’s wonderful restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and nightspots.

  • One block South of the Town Square
  • Within “rolling” distance from the World Famous Cowboy Bar!

Proximities

  • 2 miles from the National Elk Refuge
  • 10 miles from Grand Teton National Park
  • 55 miles from Yellowstone National Park
Physical: 43 W. Pearl Ave.

Mailing: PO Box 575
Jackson, Wyoming 83001

Phone: 307-733-2535
Toll Free: 800-522-2406

NEW YORK’S SALMON RIVER OFFERS ‘A PLACE FOR EVERY FISHING TASTE

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM OSWEGO COUNTY TOURISM

When it comes to world-class fisheries, you’d be hard pressed to find one that isn’t chopped up into special-interest sections. Oswego County’s Salmon River is a pioneer in this process, offering a place for every fishing taste.

Its most famous section is at its headwaters a short distance from the Lower Reservoir’s dam. Restricted to fly-fishing, catch-and-release only, this mystique is more than purist anglers can resist.

FRAN VERDOLIVA, SALMON RIVER PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, CASTS FOR STEELHEAD ON A CHANNEL OF THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION OF THE SALMON RIVER. THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION IS OPEN UNTIL NOV. 30. THE LOWER SECTION IS OPEN SEPT. 15 THROUGH MAY 15. (PHOTO COURTESY NYS DEC)

FRAN VERDOLIVA, SALMON RIVER PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, CASTS FOR STEELHEAD ON A CHANNEL OF THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION OF THE SALMON RIVER. THE UPPER FLY-FISHING SECTION IS OPEN UNTIL NOV. 30. THE LOWER SECTION IS OPEN SEPT. 15 THROUGH MAY 15. (PHOTO COURTESY NYS DEC)

But there’s more to the place than just image. The main river runs just above and below the mouth of Beaverdam Brook, the recipient of the Salmon River hatchery’s tailrace and off-limits to angling. Hence, the special area’s two sections allow angling as close to the hatchery as is legally permitted.

Split into upper and lower stretches, these special areas run less than a mile combined. But their close proximity to the dam draws and holds the river’s greatest number of Lake Ontario’s migrating salmonids: brown trout, king and coho salmon in the fall, and steelhead year-round.  Indeed, autumn sees so many salmon milling around above the Altmar bridge, anglers joke they raise the water level a couple feet or more.

Some make it into the relative safety of Beaverdam Brook, climb the ladder and enter the hatchery. Those that remain in the river are fair game for fly-fishermen, considered the gentlest, most patient segment of the fishing fraternity.

Self-professed purists, fly-fishers use lures made of feathers, tinsel, maybe a little yarn for body, all held together on a single hook by thread. Unlike lures in your average tackle box, these delicate creations are practically weightless, requiring long rods and heavy lines to propel them to the target. Anglers need lots of room to whip the line through the air, slowly playing it out, generating enough force to go the distance. The technique requires good timing and coordination; and when done properly, looks like a dance where man, physical forces and the fly are in perfect motion.

The tackle is of the most elementary design, modern improvements notwithstanding. What’s more, the heavy main line doesn’t help with fighting the fish. You see, it’s too thick to thread through the fly’s eye, and makes too much noise when it hits the water. So a monofilament leader at least 8 feet long, averaging 10-pound-test, is used as a remedy. What you gain in stealth, you lose in strength, however. When hooked, a large salmon or trout does everything in the book to break free, including hiding behind boulders, diving into root balls, undercut banks and sunken timber, even going over waterfalls. It’s enough to make the leader feel about as useful as sewing thread.

Fly-fishing’s poetic moves and unique challenges have hooked the imaginations of the uninitiated, convincing them it’s highly specialized and difficult to master. Anglers ranging from bank fishermen to deep water trollers admire its choreography. So when fly-fishers asked for a special section–complete with environmentally-friendly stairs down a steep cliff and improved banks for solid footing–everyone went along.

Altmar marks the start of the special zone. The lower area runs from the County Route 52 bridge upstream for 0.25 mile to the marker just below the mouth of Beaverdam Brook. The upper section runs from a marked boundary above the hatchery upstream for 0.6 mile to the marked boundary at the lower reservoir’s tailrace.

The special sections have their own seasons, too, apparently to allow salmonids, primarily steelhead and brown trout to spawn naturally without harassment. The lower section is open from September 15 through May 15; and the upper section is open from April 1 to November 30.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com, or call 1-800-248-4FUN.

The Cedars Lodge: Southeast Alaska Getaway

Photos courtesy of The Cedars Lodge 

Cedars Lodge

Located on Ketchikan’s historic waterfront, The Cedars Lodge offers the best that Southeast Alaska has to offer: luxury accommodations, seasoned guides, top-of-the-line processing equipment to ensure the highest quality for your catch, and exceptional customer service.

The Cedars Lodge seeks out Ketchikan’s finest independent guides and puts them to work for you! Saltwater trips routinely target multiple salmon species, halibut and bottom fish each day. Our freshwater fishing excursions will take you to remote local lakes and rivers, some of which are only fished a few times each year, providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Combination guided saltwater fishing and guided freshwater flyouts are also available for the ultimate Alaskan fishing vacation.
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Choose from deluxe waterfront suites, a mountain view studio with in-room Jacuzzi tub or one of our elegantly appointed standard rooms. All rooms have cable television, telephone, large private bathrooms and plenty of sitting space. One trip to The Cedars Lodge and we’re sure you’ll be anxious to come back
and visit us again!
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History of Valdez Fish Derbies: 55 Years of Fabulous Fishing

History Written by Laurie Prax

When it comes to a fish story, everyone has a different tale. And when the story begins more than 50 years ago, there are many colorful and varied details. To re-create the history of the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby, started in 1952, Chamber records were scoured and interviews were conducted with previous organizers and officials as well as local anglers and business people.

Different people have been credited with starting the Silver Salmon Derby, but everyone agrees it was started by local business people and later picked up and run under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce. When the Chamber closed its doors in the late 1990s, a small group of volunteers ran the derby using the Gaming Permit of the Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau. The derby currently is its own non-profit corporation run by seven volunteer committee members.

In the early days, anglers were fishing for wild stock Coho salmon in the derby. The traditional return of wild stock Cohos to Corbin Creek was about 9,000 fish annually, according to Dave Cobb of the Valdez Fisheries Development Association. Cobb said the derby has grown exponentially with the silver return over the years.

The Silver Derby ran for 30 years before the inception of a Valdez Halibut Derby, which was started in the mid-‘80s by Darrell Shreve and Jim Heston. In the late ‘90s the halibut derby was changed from a large fish derby to a target weight derby. In 2002, the big fish derby returned with a $10,000 prize for the largest fish caught.

The Pink Salmon Derby started in 1991 as a four-day derby with a $500 prize each day, and a Kids Pink Salmon Derby day was held in 2001. The Pink Salmon Derby was discontinued due to low ticket sales, but in 2008, the Kids Pink Salmon Derby made a comeback with a free one-day tournament open to kids age 5 through 16, and continues to this day.

As we look back through the years it’s remarkable to see how the Fish Derbies have grown. With $80,000 in cash and prizes at stake, it’s refreshing that most anglers are fishing for the sport of it. Sure, the prizes make it more exciting but it’s one of the few contests where you get to spend a wonderful day on the water win or lose.

Go to www.valdezfishderbies.com for more information.

Bristol Bay Retreat, Right On The Salmon-rich Naknek River

Come to Bristol Bay Retreat on the beautiful Naknek River to experience Alaska’s true last frontier. We offer fishing for all five species of salmon as well as rainbow trout, grayling, Arctic char, lake trout and pike, plus waterfowl hunting at its finest, ptarmigan hunting, and bear viewing at the world-famous Brooks Falls, located in the heart of Katmai National Park.

If you are in the King Salmon area and just need a place to sleep for one night or one month, you can enjoy and relax in our spacious 4,000-square-foot lodge located on 5 sprawling acres on the Naknek River. We offer a bed-and-breakfast service that rivals any bed and breakfast anywhere.

Our lodge is a six-bedroom three-bath lodge that can comfortably sleep eleven adults. You can enjoy your meals in the very large dining area inside or, if the weather permits, we have a huge outside deck that overlooks the Naknek River.

After a long day on the river fishing for the tens of thousands of salmon that swim the river just in front of the lodge, you can come back and relax in the steam room, or Banya, as they are locally called.

Your adventure into Alaska’s wilds starts here. Contact us today!

Call (855) 907-2327, email alaskabbr@gmail.com or go to www.AKfishinglodge.org.