Whether your fantasy fishing adventure involves angling for speckled rainbow trout in a sparkling alpine creek or jigging for salmon in an ocean-going vessel off the shores of the Tongass National Forest, Alaska’s got the stuff of your dreams. From the southern tip of the panhandle to hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle in wilderness so remote many of its mountains, rivers, creeks, and streams don’t even have names, Alaska waters are teeming with fish. You’ll find five species of Pacific salmon here, halibut weighing hundreds of pounds, countless species of rockfish, ling cod, grayling, yelloweye, Northern Pike, Arctic char, and trout. Fishing venues range from comfortably rustic cabins within walking distance to salmon streams and rivers to fully-fledged wilderness luxury where you are flown to your fishing spots. Reelerz has compiled a list of 10 Alaska fishing lodges we think you should know about.
- Shelter Cove
Located on Prince of Wales Island in southern Southeast Alaska, Shelter Cove offers stunning oceanfront views, world-class king and coho salmon ocean fishing, expert guiding services, modern rooms, and luxurious fine dining in a traditional restaurant overlooking the bay. Its optimal location in Southeast Alaska means less travel time for avid fishermen – guests can get there from Seattle within a matter of several hours. Shelter Cove is located on the road system, providing guests with options to explore the island via rental car.
- Waterfall Resort
The gold standard of Southeast Alaska salmon fishing lodges, Waterfall Resort has been in operation for over a century. Don’t let the fact that it’s not a shiny new place fool you, though – you’ll find nothing but world-class amenities at this salmon-cannery-turned-fishing-resort. From gourmet meals to deluxe accommodations to state-of-the-art sports fishing vessels manned by the best available guides and crew, you’ll experience an exquisite combination of luxury and rustic wilderness beauty. Also located on Prince of Wales Island, Waterfall Resort is not accessible by road so be prepared to travel by air or sea. Guests catch king salmon, coho, halibut, ling cod, and a large variety of deep-water rockfish.
- Whaler’s Cove Lodge
Situated on Killisnoo Island near the Native Alaskan village of Angoon, Whalers Cove Lodge lies in the heart of Southeast Alaska’s renowned Inside Passage, where the waters are calm because they’re protected by the hundreds of small islands that make up the Alexander Archipelago. You’ll fish for king salmon, coho, halibut, and rockfish here. This lodge is usually booked up for up to two years in advance, so plan ahead for one of the best fishing experiences of your life.
- Alaska Rainbow Lodge
Alaska Rainbow Lodge is located in Bristol Bay, home of the world’s largest red salmon run. Besides red salmon, guests fish for rainbow trout, and Arctic char and have access to fly fishing in more than 30 rivers and streams across the Iliamna-Katmai watershed watershed that feeds into Bristol Bay. You’ll stay in luxurious accommodations accented with warm, Alaskan style hospitality in a wilderness environment where it’s likely that you’ll see caribou, moose, and bears in their natural setting.
- Alaska Arctic Sun
Located in the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World,” this charter and cabin rental operation is where sports fishermen from all over the world come to catch the big ones. The cabins are comfortable, clean, and close to downtown Homer and the boat harbor. Ocean charters are specific to Pacific halibut and Alaskan rockfish.
- Orca Lodge
Alaska’s world famous Kenai River offers some of the best angling opportunities on the planet, and guests of Orca Lodge in Soldotna are right in the thick of things. Handcrafted spruce log cabins provide ideal relaxation and comfort after a long day of fishing, and a nightly campfire is offered for everyone’s enjoyment. All cabins have full kitchens so that guests may prepare their own choice meals. Guided fishing is available, and guests also have the option of cabin rentals only and devising their own fishing agendas.
- Phantom Tri-River Charters
Located in the picturesque community of Talkeetna, Phantom Tri-River Charters is a family owned and operated business that has been providing guests with the fishing trips of the dreams for more than 30 years. Talkeetna is the Athabascan word for “where the three rivers meet,” which means three times the salmon as an average Alaskan river. All boats are covered and heated for your comfort, and the experienced guides know the migratory patterns of the salmon runs on all three rivers, so they’ll be sure to take you to where the fish are biting the best.
- Togiak River Lodge
The Togiak River Lodge is located in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in Western Alaska and offers premium king and coho salmon as well as rainbow trout fishing. Guests can relax in a hot tub at the Togiak River’s edge after a day of fishing or ease in the night in the sauna. Togiak River Lodge offers WiFi, delicious family-style meals, and satellite television for guests to enjoy when they’re not fishing. The lodge is 400 miles west of Anchorage is only accessible by plane, and is considered by guests to be one of the best Alaska fishing lodges in the region west of Anchorage.
- Anvik River Lodge
Those seeking all inclusive Alaskan fishing trips as far off the beaten path as possible should take a look at Anvik River Lodge. Considered to be the most remote lodge in Alaska, Anvik Lodge is located 450 miles northwest of Anchorage and is the only fishing lodge situated on the banks of the Anvik River. This fly-in lodge offers guests the perfect respite from the hectic pace of the lower forty-eight. Guests fish for Northern Pike, Arctic char, grayling, Dolly Varden, whitefish, and all five species of Pacific salmon – king, red, coho, chum, and pink.
- Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge
Situated 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle, this luxury lodge sits in the middle of some of the last truly pristine wilderness environments on the planet – there are no roads within at least 100 miles in any given direction, and the lodge is accessed by private aircraft only. Alaska’s Brooks Range contains entire lakes, rivers, and creeks that don’t even have human-given names, offering the ultimate in freshwater fishing. Guests enjoy fly-out fishing adventures for Arctic char and sheefish where they’ll see Dahl sheep, grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and wolves while flying over wilderness terrain to the fishing hole. All meals are prepared onsite, and staff makes every effort to accommodate special requests and dietary restrictions. Each trip is customized to ensure inclusion of the individual needs and preferences of the guests.
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