ALASKA FRESHWATER & SALTWATER FISHINGExperience Alaska's Premier Freshwater & Saltwater Fishing
Alaska Fishing Experience
While there are numerous Alaska fishing lodges, none surpass the luxury and adventure provided by our lodge. Located into 23 lakes, a breathtaking island rainforest, just 35 minutes from Ketchikan, this breathtaking resort has been dubbed the “King of Alaska Fishing Lodges”. The lodge offers the best of both worlds: exceptional saltwater fishing and both are mere minutes from the lodge. This fully-guided, oceanfront fishing resort gives you exceptional freedom and complete control of your angling experience. It’s your choice – will it be saltwater or freshwater fishing today?
Our US Coast Guard certified skippers charter our 28-ft fishing boats for saltwater adventures – targeting halibut, king salmon, silver salmon and several other species – while our freshwater guides lead daily excursions rivers and streams nearby. Outside of fishing, we offer other activities such as kayaking, hiking and glacier tours. This is truly a wonderful Alaskan adventure and it caters to both the hardcore fisherman and family seeing a true wilderness experience. As part of our all-inclusive packages, guests receive first-class accommodations and dine on gourmet meals prepared by our expert culinary staff.
The trophy-class fishing, exhilarating wildlife and spectacular scenery make this adventure the trip of a lifetime!
- Trophy Class fishing
- Expert guides and US Coast Guard licensed saltwater fishing captains
- Luxury first-class accommodations & meals
- Orvis endorsed
Day 1 Arrive in Ketchikan and take floatplane flight to the lodge
Day 2 – 3 Saltwater / freshwater fishing
Day 4 Float plane departure from lodge at 10 am / Depart out of Ketchikan.
Saltwater fishing along Alaska’s Inside Passage – nearly due west of Ketchikan, Alaska – is a phenomenal experience! Join our experienced U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains from early spring through late fall for a thrilling saltwater fishing excursion. Tangle with the fighting Chinook or King Salmon, as well as four other salmon species. Or, experience the thrill of hauling in one of Alaska’s monster Halibut that often range well over 100 lbs. These and several other species make for an exceptional sport fishing experience:
- King Salmon (Chinook Salmon)
- Silver Salmon (Coho Salmon)
- Pink Salmon (Humpies)
- Chum Salmon (Dog Salmon)
- Sockeye Salmon (Red Salmon)
- Alaska Halibut
- Dungeness Crab
Our lodge is home to trophy-class saltwater fishing located throughout the deep fjords and emerald green waters of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage.
Because of the oceanfront location of our lodge on the Inside Passage, we enjoy the comforts of fishing in relatively calm waters. This area is comprised of hundreds of islands, protected passages, bays and inlets and the waters teem with fish and other aquatic life. Rarely do we fish more than 200 yards from land.
Our boats are 28-ft ocean cruisers, specially designed for your comfort and safety. Each is equipped with a heater cabin, flushing private toilet and all the required tackle. In addition to being highly knowledgeable about local fishing areas and techniques, your saltwater captains are also certified in first aid and CPR.
We also provide you with top-of-the-line saltwater fishing rods, tackle and bait. These include Lamiglas and G. Loomis rods paired with Shimano or Penn reels. Our staff cleans, fillets or steaks, vacuum packs, freezes and boxes up your saltwater fish for your convenient transport home. Smoking your salmon is available at an additional cost.
Freshwater fishing – both spin casting and fly fishing at our Gage Alaska Fishing Lodge is world-class in nearby rivers, lakes and streams with easy access to 23 select waterways on the breathtaking Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Many of these neighboring waters are only fished when our guests venture out, allowing us to cast and catch in solitude. The Island’s largest rive, The Thorne, is just up the road from the lodge property on Thorne Bay. Freshwater fishing trips are easily accessed on the Island with our fleet of Suburbans. While this makes fly-out trips unnecessary, we do make fly-out trips available for an additional cost.
Use of the lodge’s premium Lamiglass rods, Shimano reels, Orvis waters and wading boots and wet weather gear is included in your lodge package. We supply you with a wide range of equip,ent to fit the conditions and to meet your needs.
Our experienced Alaska fishing guides – one for every two anglers in Steelhead season will lead you to the most productive fishing holes on the Island.
Our native fish species include:
- Cutthroat Troup
- Dolly Varden
- Silver Salmon (Coho Salmon)
- Pink Salmon (Humphies)
- Chum Salmon (Dog Salmon)
- Sockeye Salmon (Red Salmon)
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May – October
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WHY GAGE OUTDOORS
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- Airfare from Ketchikan, Alaska to the Lodge
- Gourmet meals from our culinary staff
- Full 9-hr days of guided fishing (no partial fishing days)
- Expert guides including Orvis-endorsed freshwater guides and US Coast Guard licensed saltwater fishing captains
- Top-notch fishing rods, reels and tackle
- Fish processing (vacuum packed, frozen and boxed for transport)
- All wet weather gear, including waders and boots for freshwater fishing
- Airfare to Ketchikan, Alaska
- Local taxes
- Special order wines and beers
- Staff gratuities
- Transfer tours or extensions outside of the packaged trip
The two guest buildings sit on 26 acres of prime oceanfront property overlooking a solitary tidal inlet of Thorne Bay, Alaska. These lodges comfortably accommodate up to 19 guests. Our lodge suites have been described as “rustic elegance.” Each suite is tastefully furnished and ensures your comfortable stay with us.
Our lodge is a three-time “Lodge of the Year” recipient with the exclusive Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge Endorsement. Our staff proudly maintains the property to the high standards established for Orvis endorsed lodges. This elite program inspires us to deliver the ultimate outdoor experience.
Gage Outdoor’s Alaska Lodge is located on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska – a short 33-minute float plane ride west of Ketchikan. It is positioned on the North East corner of the island, facing Alaska’s famous Inside Passage.
How do we get there?
Guests traveling from “the lower 48” fly to Seattle’s SeaTac airport, take a 90-minute Alaska Airlines flight to Ketchikan, then a breathtakingly beautiful 33-minute float plane from Ketchikan to the dock at Lodge.
Ferry service is also available between Ketchikan and Hollis and guests can arrange to have a lodge staff member meet them at the dock in Hollis. Private and corporate aircraft can fly into Klawock (45 min. drive) and tie downs are available free of charge. Call ahead and we’ll be there when you land.
What weather conditions can we expect?
The climate on Prince of Wales Island is that of high latitude rainforest. Weather conditions change frequently and often without warning, especially during spring and fall months. Temperatures in spring and fall range from 35-65 degrees, while summer temperatures range from 45-75 degrees. Weather is generally comparable to that of Seattle. Water conditions on the Inside Passage, where lodge is located, are much less windy than elsewhere and “glass” or “oily” calm water is not uncommon.
What’s the time zone and when is sunrise and sunset?
Alaska time is one hour behind Pacific time, two hours behind Mountain Time, three hours behind Central Time and four hours behind Eastern Time. Daylight Savings Time is observed as it is in most of the United States. Get sunrise and sunset information on your trip. (Select Ketchikan, Thorne Bay, or Craig for the nearest locations.)
What are check-in and check-out times at Gage Outdoor's Alaska Lodge?
You need to arrange your transportation to arrive at the lodge by 6 PM. Your flight to Ketchikan must arrive prior to 5 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM on the day of departure (all times are local). This will enable you to catch a 12 PM or later Alaska Airlines flight from Ketchikan.
Depending on occupancy, it may be possible to accommodate early check-in or late check-out to allow for additional fishing opportunities, beyond your booked reservations. Fishing rates outside your normal stay are as follows: half-day (fewer than four hours) is $400/person; full-day (up to 10 hours) is $800/person.
Be sure to let the reservationist know of any special needs when booking, so that appropriate arrangements can be made for your party.
What clothing should I bring?
Bring comfortable, casual clothing appropriate for temperatures ranging from 45-75 degrees. Layered clothing is recommended so you can adjust to changing conditions. Wool and synthetic insulating materials are excellent, and we recommend layers of differing materials, (e.g., cotton for comfort, and wool or fleece on top for warmth). Consider bringing a small backpack or dry bag that you can take on the boat to store personal items and extra layers. Dress for dinner is casual.
What about insect protection?
While stories about the size and aggressiveness of mosquitoes in Alaska are plentiful, the reality here is much different. Depending on the season and weather and wind conditions, guests can expect little more than a mild threat from airborne pests. Lodge staff work hard to control mosquito and No-See-Um populations around the lodge, and DEET based repellent and protective netting are available for your comfort.
Can I bring my own fishing gear and tackle?
Lodge is noted for its superior quality equipment and provides all the rods, reels, waders, and protective gear you will need for a successful fishing experience. Top-of-the line Orvis gear is available for fly fishing, while Lamiglas rods and Okuma reels are used for spin casting and saltwater fishing.
Guests who prefer to bring their own gear are welcome to do so. However, please note:
- Felt bottom boots for freshwater anglers are banned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to prevent invasive species.
- Additional weight due to personal gear may limit the amount of fish that you are able to fly out.
What kinds of fishing boats are available?
Only the best! Each of our new or nearly new 26 foot V-Hull Cuddy style boats has a heated cabin with sanitary facilities, GPS navigation, fish finders and radio communication equipment onboard. Just 4 guests to a vessel. These boats are particularly well suited for Alaska fishing, water and weather conditions. Boat captains are all coast guard certified and trained in CPR and first aid.
How long can I fish with a Guide or Captain each day?
Captains and guides are scheduled for nine hours fishing time each day, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional hours may be arranged with the lodge manager at his discretion for a moderate per-hour cost.
How do I obtain an Alaska fishing license?
Once flight arrangements have been made and confirmed, we will send you a link to essential online forms to fill out (hard copy forms available upon request). Simply complete the forms and click submit. Your fishing license will be waiting at the lodge when you arrive. If for some reason you are unable to complete the forms, you will be able to do so after you arrive. Cost for the Alaska fishing license is included in your package.
How is my fish handled?
As soon as your catch is aboard, it is placed in the boat’s icebox for safekeeping. At the end of the day, (while you relax and prepare for hors d’oeuvres and dinner), your catch is taken to a prep area where the fish is cleaned, filleted or cut into steaks, portioned, vacuum packed, labeled, quick frozen, and packaged into 50 lb. boxes for easy transport.
How do I get my fish home?
Boxes of fish will remain frozen for 48 hours outside of a freezer. Guests whose return trips last longer than that can rent freezer lockers in Ketchikan and Seattle airports. In addition, most hotels en route are accustomed to handling frozen “luggage” for their guests. If you prefer, frozen fish can be shipped via FedEx every Tuesday and Thursday. Normal shipping charges apply.
What activities are available for children?
The lodge is an ideal place for great family vacations. Children 10 years and older can accompany their parents on fishing boats. Day care or babysitting service is not available so please don’t bring younger children along without someone to care for them during the day.
Children are welcome to make use of all guest amenities available:
- Kayaking (with adults)
- Jacuzzi (under 16 with adult supervision)
- Nature hikes on nearby trails
- Dock fishing
Do you offer beverage service?
Boat coolers are stocked with your choice of soft drinks, bottled water and popular beer brands. House wine and beer are available free of charge, while you enjoy a delicious assortment of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres.
We stock an assortment of other alcoholic beverages for purchase. Premium wines by the glass and mixed drinks are available for a nominal fee.