FRESHWATER & SALTWATER FISHINGExperience Alaska's Premier Freshwater & Saltwater Fishing Lodge
Alaska Fishing Experience
Located just 35 minutes from Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska, this fishing lodge is situated within a magical bay on Prince of Wales Island. As one of the few Orvis Endorsed Lodges in Alaska, we offer exceptional saltwater fly fishing as well as 5-star accommodations and service. Three times voted “Lodge of the Year”, this breathtaking resort has been dubbed “The King of Alaska Fishing Lodges.” Choose from a variety of daily freshwater outings with our Orvis endorsed guides and explore the 23 lakes, rivers and streams nearby. If you decide on a day of saltwater fishing, our coast guard certified captains will escort you on our 28-foot Alaska fishing boats, targeting halibut, king salmon, silver salmon and several other species. In addition to fishing, we offer a variety of other activities including bear watching, glacier flights and sightseeing tours – perfect for the family! Trophy class fishing, exotic wildlife and spectacular scenery make this 5-star adventure the trip of a lifetime!
First-class service — combined with some of Alaska’s best saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing opportunities — are two of the top reasons that scores of friends, families and organizations vacation here year after year.
Above all else, our goal is to make your Alaskan adventure unforgettable! Let us treat you to an unforgettable experience, where you can make memories that will last a lifetime.
- Flats fishing for permit & bone fish
- Eco tours
- Luxury 5-star accommodations
- Orvis endorsed
Day 1 Arrive in Ketchikan. Go to Promech Air counter (adjacent to baggage claim) and check in for 5 PM flight to the lodge.
Day 2 – 3 Saltwater / freshwater fishing
Day 4 Float plane departure from lodge at 10 am / Depart out of Ketchikan.
King Salmon Fishing – June-July
Commonly called Kings, Chinook salmon are Alaska’s state fish and the largest and the most scarce of Pacific salmon. They’re especially known for their power and endurance. Perhaps the most favored sport fishing method for Kings is trolling with rigged herring, though spoons and flashers are also attractive. The largest King ever taken weighed in at 126 pounds, but Kings usually range from 25-50 pounds. King fishing is most productive in these waters in June and July.
Silver Salmon Fishing – Late July-September
Silvers or Coho salmon, are hard fighters and can provide intense action! The Coho average 12-15 pounds, but can be found weighing in at over 20 pounds. These salmon are most plentiful from late July through September. Fly fishing for Coho’s on the island is exceptional.
Pink Salmon Fishing – Late July-August
Pink Salmons are the smallest and most abundant salmon in area waters. Pinks have a two-year life cycle and average 3-5 pounds. Upon entering freshwater streams, pinks develop a dorsal hump, thus their nickname “Humpy.” Saltwater Pink salmon fishing is best during late July and August.
Chum Salmon Fishing – Mid July-August
Often called Dog salmon, Chums are famous for their strength and large teeth, which develop most prominently in males upon entering freshwater. Chum salmon fishing is readily available mid-July through August. These salmon average 15 pounds with an occasional lunker topping 25 pounds!
Sockeye Salmon Fishing
Also called Red salmon, Sockeyes are the most difficult salmon to catch in area waters. While highly regarded for their fighting skill, saltwater sockeye sport fishing is limited.
Alaska Halibut Fishing – June-September
Halibut are by far the most popular bottomfish inhabiting our waters along Alaska’s Inside Passage. The Pacific Halibut is a toothy flatfish that is normally caught on or near the ocean floor. As with the majority of bottomfish, drifting or anchoring with bait are among the most preferred means of enticing these monsters, which can literally take hours to land. Halibut can live more than 20 years, and the average catch weighs in around 40 pounds. The largest Pacific Halibut ever caught while sport fishing, tipped the scales at 495 pounds. Local halibut over 300 pounds have been caught and good opportunities for hauling in huge halibut exist all summer.
Rockfish is a term used to describe over 10 species of light-fleshed bottomfish, including the yellow-eye rockfish (similar to the Atlantic red snapper) and black sea bass. Most rockfish weigh between 1-6 pounds, with the yellow-eye being the largest, averaging 6 pounds. Rockfish are long-lived, and depending on the species, may reach ages of 30-100 years. Good rockfish fishing occurs during the warm summer months.
Like halibut and rockfish, Lingcod is usually found on or near the bottom, most often over rocky reefs in areas of strong currents. These fish are extremely aggressive predators, often growing to over 50 pounds in weight and 4 feet in length. These feisty fish usually range from 10-40 pounds and are abundant throughout Southeast.
June – September
September – October
Starting at $4395.00 – 3 day/4 night packages
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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 Expeditions owns and operates some of the finest hunting and fishing lodges throughout the Americas. From Alaska to the tip of Argentina, Gage Outdoor Expeditions seeks out the world’s premier hunting and fishing adventures so you don’t have to. Every hunting and fishing expedition we offer has been explored by a Gage Outdoor consultant and only the finest venues are represented. We understand your time is valuable & you can’t afford to plan for weeks or months just to have some minor detail ruin your hunting or fishing experience. We travel the distance to bring you “The Best of The Best”.
The Lodge is located on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska – a short 33-minute floatplane 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 Alaska’s Boardwalk 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.