After fishing Alaska for more than 25 years, I can guarantee you that there is no better saltwater fishing anywhere in the state than that found in the areas we fish from the Alaska Saltwater Lodge. Our skippers are all long-time Alaska residents who know the area intimately. We are eager to make your outing the fishing experience of a lifetime.
While all species of Pacific salmonreturn each summer, it is the aerial acrobatics of the silver salmon that have made Resurrection Bay a world famous fishing destination. In addition to fishing for silvers, we specialize in targeting Pacific halibut. Numerous 100+ pound halibut (called "barn doors") are caught each summer within view from our front deck.
We are continually exploringand searching out new fishing grounds and in recent years have discovered several areas virtually untouched by sport fishermen. These "outer limits" trips offer an opportunity seldom experienced by visiting anglers.
Our boats have sleeping accommodationsand when weather and scheduling permit, we have the option of anchoring for the night in one of many nearby secluded coves. With more than 17 hours of summer daylight, these overnight trips provide many additional hours of fishing along with the opportunity to explore remote on-shore fishing streams. It is not unusual on these trips to spot bears feeding on the shore as we prepare to barbecue some of our catch for dinner on board, or to see whales spouting in the distance.
Starting in February, we begin fishing for the numerous species of Pacific rock fish such as bass, red snapper, and lingcod. These fish are all characterized by delicious white meat and their tendency to remain near a specific rock or reef structure their entire lives. Unlike the east coast stocks of cod, the state of the Pacific cod fishery remains healthy. Cod begin to school up in late winter and find jigs irresistible. Though more challenging to catch, salmon known as "winter kings" are found offshore in deep water all winter.
Halibut fishing starts in Apriland gets better each month until the end of August. Last year we had excellent halibut fishing into October. King salmon and dolly varden arrive off the beach in front of the lodge in early May and can be caught by casting from shore on light gear. The best salmon fishing begins later in June and continues through August. All of our guided saltwater fishing takes place aboard one of our sport fishing vessels.
Our boats are state of the art diesel powered sport fishing vessels. We operate a custom built 36' Harris Cuttyhunk, and a 43' Delta Marine. Each vessel is U.S. Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary inspected and equipped with up-to-date radar, GPS navigation electronics, VHF communications, and top quality video fish finders. All gear for fishing from the boat is provided including top quality saltwater rods and reels.
Though we do not provide flyfishing gear, saltwater flyfishing is gaining in popularity and some of our guests have had a lot of fun using their personal saltwater flyfishing gear on lingcod, bass, and salmon.
Accommodations: Most of our rooms are set up for two people with private bath. We have kept our lodge small and personal with space for 24 guests at a time. All guest have access to common windowed sitting areas which look out over Resurrection Bay (we are right on the beach). We have a gas grill on our large deck so that you can enjoy some of your catch while it is still hours fresh.
Standard Fishing PackagesPackages include the following:All fishing gear for fishing aboard including tackle, bait, and lures; U.S. Coast Guard licensed guide; cleaning, minimum of 6 hours on the water each day with no additional charge for extra hours.
What to bring:The atmosphere is informal and casual clothes are suitable here and throughout Alaska. Summer temperatures vary between the mid 40's (F) and the low 70's and rain is not uncommon. You will be most comfortable if you have clothes that are warm even when damp (wool sweater or polar fleece jacket) and decent rain gear. A camera goes without saying.
Transportation:Alaska Saltwater Lodge is conveniently located on the shore of Resurrection Bay, two road miles south of Seward and only a 127 miles south of Anchorage. Many of our guests arrive by rental car. Also, from May through September there is daily train, bus, and air service from Anchorage to Seward. We are adjacent to the Kenai Fjords National Park, and quality wildlife, natural history and glacier tours are also available from the lodge daily and can be included in any of our packages.
2014 Early Booking TRIP RATES
(You do not have to stay at our lodge to take any of our fishing trips.)
Full day halibut trips ($269/person plus tax/fees)
Full day salmon trips ($249/person plus tax/fees)
Full day combination halibut/salmon/lingcod/bass/snapper trips ($315/person plus tax/fees)
Full day combination whale watching, wildlife tour/fishing trip ($299/person plus tax/fees)
I hope that we offer what you are looking for in your Alaskan fishing experience. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call or write.
ATTENTION: We will be out of Alaska for the holidays. We will begin answering e-mails and confirming reservations starting January 1, 2017. Happy New Year!
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