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Bear Essentials Lodge– Anchor Point, Alaska

Located in the Heart of the Kenai Peninsula
Tall Tree Road
Anchor Point, Alaska

(Mile post 149.5 on the Sterling Highway 1)


Bear Essentials Lodge is a rustic lodge located in Anchor Point, Alaska. We are in a remote location surrounded by the beauty of Alaska views, scenery, and wildlife.

Our Alaskan Lodging is located minutes away from fishing, hunting, clamming,  sightseeing, hiking, wildlife photography, and many other Alaskan adventures and activities that Alaska is famous for.

 

  • We offer clean comfortable rooms at very reasonable rates. 
  • Our rates vary by season, duration of stay,
    and the number of guests. 
  • Stay one night, several nights, or longer.
    Extended stay discounts apply.  

 

Bear Essentials Lodging is open year round.

The 2016 Annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby will be starting soon!

The Jackpot Halibut Derby offers great prizes in a variety of categories.

Be sure to book your rooms early for the 2016 Events!

Click Here for more news on the prizes awarded in the 2015 Annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby

My name is Ken Scofield, your host and guide to a Great Alaskan Adventure.

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Our goal is to provide a long lasting, memorable Alaskan experience. One you’ll be telling your friends about for years.

Ayakulik Adventures in Alaska

Whether you want spectacular salmon fishing or Kodiak brown bear viewing – or both! – Ayakulik Adventures in Kodiak, Alaska, has what you’re looking for. Amy Fredette of Ayakulik Adventures has been guiding on the Ayakulik River since 1992. Let Amy and her professional staff introduce you to an Alaskan adventure of a lifetime here on Kodiak Island! Inline image 1

The Ayakulik River is home to the world famous Kodiak brown bear. With an abundant and endless run of salmon entering the river June through September, high concentrations of bears take advantage of this rich food source. A dream come true for all photographers! Photograph and view the bears fishing at the mouth of the river as salmon enter from the ocean waters, and along the river’s shoreline following the salmon as they continue upstream. With the lodge being located directly on the river, bear viewing is literally “right outside the front door!”

Inline image 1If you’re in the mood to wet your line, salmon fishing is king. The Ayakulik River receives the first run of salmon on Kodiak Island with the arrival of sockeye salmon in mid-May. This is a long and continuous fish run lasting until the first part of September. It is a truly unique fish run, boasting a yearly average of 300,000 sockeye. King salmon enter the Ayakulik June through July, while pink salmon enter mid-July to the beginning of September. Silver salmon enter mid-August through the month of September.

Here’s a better look at the fish species in the Ayakulik River:

?KING SALMON: The king salmon put up a long hard battle, and take a fly very well. The layout of the Ayakulik River is the best one will find within Alaska for catching these magnificent fish on a fly! The peak dates for kings are June 13 – July 26. Fish size: 15 to 50 lbs.

SILVER SALMON: The silver salmon is a very acrobatic Fish. They hit flies very aggressively and then proceed to leap and dive. They take both wet and top water flies equally. Peak dates for silvers are August 23 – October 4. Fish size: 8 to 20 lbs.

Inline image 2SOCKEYE SALMON: The sockeye salmon are hard fighting and the most delicious fish to eat. The Ayakulik has an excellent continuous run of sockeyes throughout the summer. Peak dates for sockeyes are June 4 to August 29. Fish size: 5 to 15 lbs.

PINK SALMON: The pink salmon, the smallest of the salmon species run in abundant numbers and take flies very well. They can be fished along with sockeyes in late July and August or with silvers in August and September. Peak dates for pinks are July 20 to September 10. Fish size: 2 to 12 lbs.

STEELHEAD TROUT: The steelhead trout have two runs on the Ayakulik. The “out” going run in the summer then the “in” coming run in the fall. Steelhead take both wet and top water flies. All steelhead are catch and release. Peak dates for steelhead are June 4 to June 26 and August 23 to October 4. Fish size: 24 to 48 inches

DOLLY VARDEN/ARTIC CHAR: The dolly varden is a beautiful colored fish with runs through the summer and fall with the most abundant numbers in August and September. Peak dates for Dolly Varden are June 4 to October 4. Fish size: 1 to 6 lbs.?

For more information on Ayakulik Adventures, visit ayakulikadventures.com.

Atlas-Mike’s Rolls Out New Bait Products

Atlas-Mike’s, makers of scent and other fishing products, has rolled out a series of new bait brines, cures, dyes and more for steelhead, salmon and trout anglers.

Here are more details:

BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRIGHTENER 

  • UV Enhanced!
  • Adds Intense Shine to your Baits Instantly!
  • Catch More Fish!

UV enhanced, Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Bait Brightener adds intense shine to your fresh baits and helps rejuvenate old or frozen baits. Bait Brightener works great on herring, sardines, anchovies, shad, minnows, alewife, eggs, prawns, etc.

19020-BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRIGHTENER 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190200

BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRINE

Preserves natural qualities and tightens bait scales!

  • Baits will look fresh, healthy and attractive to fish!
  • Toughens bait; stays on longer!
  • Revitalizes old or frozen baits!

Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Bait Brine infuses your baits with powerful amino acids that magnify the smell and flavor of your baits – triggering more strikes! Preparing your fresh or frozen baits with our Special Formula Bait Brine is easy and effective! Excellent on herring, sardines, minnows, alewife, shrimp, prawns, chicken livers, etc…effective for all kinds of baits. Great cured baits every time.

18120 – BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRINE 20 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171181208

ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE

  • Cure Single Eggs or Egg Skeins!
  • Easy and Effective!
  • Special Formula that Locks in Fish Attracting Scents!

Atlas-Mike’s Borax Cure is great for curing eggs or egg skeins! Our special formula locks in fish attracting scents and creates eggs and clusters that milk in the water, improving your catch every time! Remember, the more cure, the drier your eggs! Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures and Catch More Fish!

 

65001 – ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE 24 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171650018

65041 – ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE 3 lb. Bag 4 ea./Case UPC 043171650414

ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT

  • Great for brining all types of bait!
  • Non-Iodized!
  • Perfect for Brining or Salting Baits!

Atlas-Mike’s Rock Salt is excellent on prawns, shrimp, herring, sardines, alewife, minnows, shiners, anchovies, chicken liver, etc…effective for all kinds of baits. Great cured baits every time!

 

18132 – ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171181321

18140 – ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT 4 lb. Bag 4 ea./Case UPC 043171181406

ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM NITRITE

  • Technical Grade 99% Pure!
  • Cure Egg Skeins or Single Eggs!
  • Easy and Effective!

Atlas-Mike’s Sodium Nitrite is an anti-mold ingredient that works well in egg cures. Sets a deep natural reddish color into non-dyed salted eggs. Very effective in Shrimp and Prawn cures. Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures!

17132-ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM NITRITE 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171171322

ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM SULFITE

  • Technical Grade 99% Pure!
  • Cure Egg Skeins or Single Eggs!
  • Easy and Effective!

Atlas-Mike’s Sodium Sulfite is an excellent preservative that works well on salmon, trout, and steelhead eggs. It helps produce a heavy milking action egg. Especially effective for use in salmon cures. Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures and Catch More Fish!

16132-ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM SULFITE 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171161323

BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE

  • Bright Vibrant Colors!
  • Super Concentrated…won’t wash off!
  • UV Enhanced for greater visibility!

Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Super Dye works great for most natural baits…herring, sardines, minnows, alewife, eggs, prawns, shrimp, anchovies, etc… Every angler is looking for an advantage. Spice up your baits with Brite & Tight Super Dye. Just add to your favorite bait cures or directly to bait…easy and effective. Available in four great fish catching colors: Hot Pink, Flame Red, Fl. Chartreuse and Vivid Blue.

 

19005-HOT PINK – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190057

19006-FLAME RED – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190064

19007-CHARTREUSE – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190071

19009-VIVID BLUE – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190095

ABOUT ATLAS-MIKE’S BAIT, INC.

Trout, Salmon and Steelhead anglers have been counting on Atlas-Mike’s to help fill their stringers for years. Atlas-Mike’s Bait, Inc. has been field testing, developing and marketing quality products to fishermen for over 80 years and are still going strong! Salmon eggs, floating trout baits, marshmallow baits, fish attractants, bait cures, and salmon/steelhead accessories have long been a part of their product line up. In addition to all the tried and true products, check out all the new items too. Every angler is looking for an edge; tip the odds in your favor with Atlas-Mike’s!

 

 

New 4-Inch Size of Popular Mag Lip Now Available

The popular diving, wiggling Mag Lip plug is now available in a new 4-inch size.  The new Mag Lip 4.0 is the latest member of the Mag Lip family and should be perfect for spring chinook salmon, trophy size steelhead, coho salmon and lake trout.

The new 4-inch Mag Lip features the unique “skip beat” action that
has become a must have with anglers.  Not only does the new plug have an enticing action, its unique design also makes the lure dive.  The 4.0 dives to 18 feet, and handles trolling or current speeds up to 4 m.p.h.  

Available in a variety of popular salmon and steelhead colors, each Mag Lip 4.0 is coated in a UV finish to make them even more visible and productive in low light and off-colored water.

For more information on the new Mag Lip 4.0 contact Yakima Bait Company at www.yakimabait.com

 

Nootka Marine Adventures – Portland Sportsman Show

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Here is your chance to meet the guides and staff of Nootka Marine Adventures – the largest fishing resort operator on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Drop by booth #1212 at the Portland Expo Centre from February 8th to 12th and find out where you can find the most consistent fishing on Vancouver Island.

 

Phone #: (250) 702 6309

Website Here

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Rig of the Month– Henny Penny’s Pikeminnow Bait

Story and photographs by Don Talbot

Chicken liver balls are a great bait to use for pikeminnow when you’re sitting on anchor in a hole and looking to draw in hungry fish.

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Step 1

Step 1: Gather the following supplies to make 250-plus chicken liver balls:
• 6-foot-long work table
• Bowl of water and sponge to wet the table
• Scissors
• Five containers of chicken livers
• Five packs of Spawn Net
• Two packs of Miracle Thread
• Attractant


Step 2:
Cut the Spawn Net up into squares. Each pack makes 50 to 60 squares.

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Step 4

Step 3: Wet the table so that the netting doesn’t blow away, and then place the squares in rows up and down the table.


Step 4:
Cut the chicken livers into thumbnail-sized chunks and place each in the middle of a square.

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Step 5

 

Step 5: Grab and twist the four corners of the netting together around the liver.

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Step 6

Step 6: Wrap the Miracle Thread around the twisted liver ball end 10 times and pull to break.

Step 7: Cut the tag end of the netting off and place the bait into the chicken liver container.

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Step 7

Step 8: Marinate with your favorite fish oil – this is one of my secret weapons! I use Super  Dipping Sauce in garlic scent.

Step 8

Step 8

 

 

Step 9: Put the loaded containers back into your refrigerator or freezer. I like to keep my liver balls on ice, as I like fresh bait most of the time for pikeminnow fishing.

 

 

HOW TO RIG

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Step 1: Load your reel with 100 yards of 20- to 30-pound braided line, which helps to detect the bite better.
Step 2: Slide a snap swivel up the braid to clip to a 1- to 6-ounce cannonball, and then add a 6mm rubber bead or other bumper to help minimize metal-to-metal noise.
Step 3: Tie a good barrel swivel to the end of the braid and then attach a 3-foot-long, 20-pound-test leader rigged with a size 4 Gamakatsu hook.
Step 4: Barely hook the liver ball so that the fish will hook itself while biting the bait.
Step 5: Dunk in your favorite marinade and cast away. NS

Rig Of The Month: Estuary Sturg ’n ’Nook Quick-change Set-up

NOTES

Getting a chance to pull off a successful combo fishing trip is very satisfying, but it usually involves such long days and so much gear that it feels daunting to even attempt. This rig simplifies things.

With the rise of a new summer Chinook fishery in the Columbia River estuary just above the AstoriaMegler Bridge, many anglers will be making the trip here this season. But with salmon fishing so concentrated towards the last part of the incoming tide, it will leave many wanting more. Enter the very healthy population of hungry sturgeon roaming these waters this time of year. Retention is closed, but there’s nothing more exhilarating than hooking into multiple fish that will put you and your gear to the test.

No special tackle is needed for sturgeon – your salmon rod and reel will work just fine. And it just so happens that those fresh anchovies you bought for Chinook are a favorite of estuary sturgeon. Check the tides and target diamondsides from low slack and halfway
through the incoming before pulling anchor and making a run to the Washington side above the bridge to fish salmon for the last half of the incoming through high tide. – Andy Schneider

(Andy Schneider)

(Andy Schneider)

Rig Of The Month: Channel Cat Set-Up

Standard operating procedure for plunking for most species that hunker near the bottom is an egg sinker, bead, swivel and long leader to lift your bait out of the weeds, and that’s certainly the case with this channel catfish set-up. However, where it differs is with that 2-inch-long float, which does not go above the sinker, as with eggs or worms under a bobber for stocker trout, but actually in the middle of the leader. While channels have whiskers to find food on the bottom, they also will rise to grab a bait. The float allows for scent to be broadcast more widely than if the bait’s anchored to bottom. –NWS

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Levi Morgan Back at Mathews

Ten-time Shooter of the Year, Levi Morgan, returns to Mathews’ Pro Staff more confident than ever.

levi-morgan“When you’re competing at this level, consistency is everything. I need to go into every tournament knowing my bow will hold its tune.” says Morgan. “That’s what I had with Mathews for 15 years. They make the best tuning, most accurate bows in the world.”

Born and raised in Rosman, North Carolina, Morgan began competing in archery tournaments at age six. Since first signing with Mathews at age 18, he has become one of the most decorated archers of all-time. His long list of accomplishments includes 8 World Championships, 40 National Championships, 10 Shooter of the Years, 3 Triple Crowns, and 10 World Records.

“I was super impressed with Mathews’ new target bows,” says Morgan, “I shot perfect scores on my first three rounds shooting the new TRX, which has made me more confident than ever going into this season.”

Morgan, and his wife Samantha, return to Mathews’ dominant Pro Staff just one month after 5 time World Cup Champion, Jesse Broadwater, also joined the team shooting the new TRX.

“Levi Morgan is the best 3D shooter of this century and we’re excited to have him back,” says Mathews Pro Staff Manager, Derek Phillips. “I think it speaks volumes to what we have created for our new target line. It’s catching a lot of attention from the best competitors in target archery.” The Morgans also return to Mathews’ Hunting Pro Staff, hosting the Sportsman Channel’s show, “Name the Game”.

On the hunting side, Morgan is shooting the new Halon 32, while Samantha is shooting the 2017 AVAIL, Mathews’ all-new women’s bow.

Follow Levi, Samantha and the rest of Team Mathews through the 2017 tournament season on Mathew’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Mathews Archery

Mathews Archery has been committed to elevating the archery experience for over 25 years. All Mathews bows are designed and built in Sparta, Wisconsin, U.S.A. and distributed through independent retailers around the world. Experience the full line of premier target and hunting bows at mathewsinc.com.