Thursday, May 11, 2017

Yes Bay Lodge Blog Report-May 11, 2017

We hope that everyone is getting excited for their upcoming fishing adventure here at Yes bay Lodge! The summer is right around the corner and the signs are everywhere. Plants are blooming, temperatures are rising, longer days and nights, and the excitement of the upcoming fishing that is to come. We wanted to let everyone know that we have been hard at work with Spring projects and getting ready for the opening of the lodge which is officially June 19th. In the meantime, check out this article we came across about White vs. Red King Salmon. Very interesting considering we have a frequent occurrence of our guests catching White Kings here in this Northern Behm Canal area...Check It Out!!!

"The line on your salmon fishing rod screams as it peels off the reel, causing your heart to race in anticipation of fighting, and hopefully landing, the iconic king or Chinook salmon that is doing its best to dive to the ocean depths. While catching these magnificent fish can be thrilling, it can be equally as exciting to anticipate the joys of sharing the bounty with friends and family around the dinner table. While king salmon are arguably one of the most sought after fish for sport anglers, they are also one of the finest delicacies to grace your table. But, did you know that kings can have differently colored flesh--red, white or even marbled? If you love to eat wild salmon, king salmon is a treasured treat. In my mind, each color has its own wonderful texture and flavor; yet my favorite at any moment is the one sitting on the plate in front of me. My perfect scenario would be to have a small fillet of all three at once, so I could continue my ongoing research into which tastes better. Most king salmon have a flesh color that ranges from reddish orange to pinkish-red. Not too long ago the white-fleshed king salmon was considered a less desirable fish by commercial fishers and restaurateurs. Today, the white or ivory king is highly sought after and brings a premium price at the market or restaurant. Catching a white king is entirely by chance, so their availability to both the sport angler and consumer is highly variable, depending on the luck of the day. So are these the same fish, or are they a different sub-species of Chinook salmon? And, what causes this difference in flesh color?

No matter the color, they are exactly the same species of fish. Known by biologist as Onchorhynchus tshawytscha, or Chinook salmon, they are the largest of the Pacific salmon and have many different local names with the most common being “king.” The difference in flesh color comes from their genetically-determined ability to metabolize naturally occurring pigments from their food. These pigments, called carotenoids, are found in their diet of shrimp, krill, and crabs—crustaceans that are rich in astaxanthin, a carotenoid found in most marine life. Good analogies would be the orange beta-carotene found in carrots or the bright red carotene lycopene found in tomatoes. White-fleshed king salmon don’t have the genetic ability to break down their food and store the red-orange carotene in their muscle cells. The marbled flesh color sometimes found in king salmon comes from their limited ability to metabolize carotene, causing the flesh to take on a marbled look. Often, this marbled flesh is more reddish towards the spine and whiter near the belly. The trait that keeps these fish from taking on the red pigment is passed on or inherited from the adult spawners to their offspring. The ability to metabolize carotenoids is a dominate trait; therefore the majority of king salmon have red flesh. Essentially, all white kings come from the rivers and streams from the Fraser River in British Columbia, north to the Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska. Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimate that, overall, approximately 5 percent of the king population in this region carry the recessive trait that produces the white flesh. However, there are river systems where upwards of 30 percent of their fish have the white flesh trait. That said, there are some smaller river systems within the Fraser River watershed where nearly 100% of the population are white-fleshed kings!

Anecdotally, there are some who feel they can predict if the king on the line is either a white or red king, depending on how it reacts when caught. But the only tried and true method to determine its flesh color is when cleaning your daily catch. A diet that includes wild salmon has been shown to yield health benefits. Some studies have shown that king salmon-- red or white-- are very similar in terms of their composition of heathy lipids, moisture, protein and omega-3 fatty acids, or the “good” fats. Seafood chefs rave about the melt-in-your-mouth flavor of the white king, but most don’t prepare them much differently than the red-fleshed fish. Each fillet brings a show-stopping delicacy to the dinner plate. When dining out you can expect to pay more for the white or marbled king since their supply is extremely limited and unpredictable. Bottom line, if you want to join with me in my taste testing research on king salmon, I would encourage you to buy your fishing license, and get out to enjoy your local sport fishing spots along the Pacific coast. Who knows…you might be that lucky angler bringing home a beautiful white king. But wherever your fishing trip takes you, enjoy the day and keep fishing for and eating sustainable wild Alaska salmon" (END ARTICLE)

Don't forget to check out more pictures on our Facebook along with updates and current events!

Reserve your slot for 2017 reservation today! EXPERIENCE YES BAY LODGE…YOUR ALASKAN ADVENTURE!!

Ryan Martinez
General Manager
Yes Bay Lodge

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Yes Bay Lodge Blog Report-March 1 , 2017


After 2 weeks, 8 flights, and 1,000 miles of driving, we are finally settled in at Long Beach, CA! Today we will begin the Fred Hall Show held at the Long Beach Convention Center. This will be our last show before we go home back to the lodge so our travels aren't quite finished yet. We will however soak up the 75 degree temperatures here in So Cal because it is a blizzard back home. It is great though because we are hoping that it will equate to great fishing for this upcoming summer. We do want to remind people that we are back in full communication so free to give us a call or drop us an email anytime! You can also pay us a visit at Booth #121 at the show...

Don't forget to check out more pictures on our instagram! Catch all the action @yesbaylodge !


Ryan Martinez
General Manager
Yes Bay Lodge

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yes Bay Lodge Blog Report-February 15, 2017


Email Us!

We wanted to let everyone know that Nicky and Ryan will have no phone communications from February 15 - 26 2017 due to extensive traveling. If you have any inquiries or questions about Yes Bay Lodge please email us at where we will answer any questions promptly. We will do an update the minute we are back in connection to let everyone know.

Don't forget to check out more pictures on our instagram! Catch all the action @yesbaylodge !


Ryan Martinez
General Manager
Yes Bay Lodge

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Yes Bay Lodge Blog Report - February 8, 2017

Here are some pictures that were taken over the span of the last couple of days at the lodge. Beautiful sunrises, cutting firewood, and a little trout fishing makes for normal winter time activities. Not too much trout in the river right now being a little cold for them but it's always fun to get your line wet! Nicky and I will be starting show number five today in Portland, Oregon so come and say hello and talk fishing! Better yet, take advantage of our show specials that we are currently running and get your Alaskan adventure booked today! Stay tuned to updates and current pictures of the lodge and the show circuit...STAY TUNED!

Dewey laying into a nice Spruce Log getting it ready for the splitter

Michaela coming back for another load of firewood

Whackin' Away!

Saylor-The Quality Control Supervisor

Almost Full!

Sunrise scenes never get old from Yes Bay!

Alaways time for fishing even during the winter time!

There's Kobe, one of our beloved Karilean Bear dogs!

Pretty cold temperatures in the Bay...


Ryan Martinez
General Manager
Yes Bay Lodge

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Yes Bay Lodge Blog Report-January 28,2017


We hope that everyone has been enjoying our new website! We felt it was a perfect time to get a fresh look for the upcoming 40th year anniversary of the lodge. We here at Yes Bay are very excited to host all of our guests this summer and for them to celebrate with us in 2017. Nicky and I are currently on the road for our annual marketing circuit. The Denver and Sacramento Sportsman Shows were very productive for us and we want to give a BIG "Thank You" to all of our past guests who stopped by the booth and for our new guests who will be experiencing the Lodge for the first time this summer!

We are now in Puyallup, WA attending the NW Sportsman Show hosted at the Puyallup Fair Grounds where we are busy as ever booking up for the summer. The following is the remainder of our show schedule:

44th Annual Eugene Fishing Show held in Eugene, OR - February 3-5

Portland Northwest Sportsman Show held at the Expo Center - February 8 - 12

Fred Hall Expo held at the Long Beach Convention Center - March 2 - 6

If we are near a city near you, come stop by to say hello or just to talk Alaska!

Stay tuned to our blog report updates with what is currently going on with the Lodge Family and the traveling road show that is Nicky and Ryan. Please be sure to follow us on our Facebook at Yes Bay Lodge and also our Instagram @yesbaylodge. You can always leave us your review on Trip Advisor to let us know your comments on your Alaskan Adventure at Yes Bay Lodge.


Ryan Martinez General Manager Yes Bay Lodge