Join us on one of our exciting Alaska sport fishing excursions. We'll experience life Alaskan-style fishing for halibut and salmon on the Outer Coast, in Chatham Strait, and Frederick Sound. You'll set out crab traps and shrimp traps in small coves and bays and retrieve them the following day. And if you're interested, bring your fly fishing or spin fishing gear! You'll have an opportunity to enjoy stream fishing for Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, Steelhead, and Dolly Varden in a great wilderness.
We'll watch Alaskan fishers at work on commercial fishing boats, observe an incredible array of wildlife, and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Inside Passage. You'll see charming harbors and fishing villages as the Captain guides us to unique places that no cruise ship sails to. Adventure travelers of all ages will enjoy a Sport Fishing Charter in the waters of the Inside Passage.
Toss out the crab traps in one of our many productive locations, and (with a bit of luck) we'll haul in a bounty of delectable Dungeness crab. All-you-can-eat crab dinners do not come any fresher or more delicious!
We've got a secret we'll be happy to share with you. We know where the Spot Prawns and Striped Prawns are! We'll set out shrimp traps on our way to a secluded anchorage for the evening. Then we'll haul up our catch in the morning. Prepared and elegantly by our Chef, Alaska's large and tender Spot and Striped Prawns are the best of the best!
Drop a line from the For Reel with one of our four professional-quality fishing rods and reels, and test your luck and skill at bringing in Halibut, King Salmon, or Rockfish. Your catch of the day will be fileted by our fishing guide and can be fresh-frozen or prepared by our Chef that evening for an unmatched culinary delight.
Many of our guests spend multiple days fishing. Generally, a couple of days of successful fishing for salmon and halibut provides all the frozen fish you'll need for home use. We'll be happy to clean and freeze your fish for you. When you arrive at your destination in Juneau or Sitka, there are excellent fish processors that can pack and ship your catch.
The fishing opportunities change in Alaska's streams as the spring and summer seasons unfold. From May through mid-June, we often find steelhead trout in the upper stretches of rivers. One of the ultimate freshwater fighting fish in the world, Steelhead can be a challenge to hook. Imagine a 20-pound fish leaping 4' out of the water and streaking away on a powerful run - putting you in hot pursuit to keep your line from being stripped!
Cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden can also provide good fun during this period. During May, most of the Dolly Varden move out of the upper reaches of rivers, into saltwater, and near the river mouths. There they feed on small ocean fish and invertebrates. We often find concentrations of Dolly Varden in the lower tidal areas of streams, where their primary food source is out-migrating salmon fry. If you get onto the correct presentation, you may experience some of the best catching of your life.
Salmon start moving into the streams on their spawning cycle in early July. By mid-July, Pink salmon offer abundant opportunities to catch 4- to 7-pound fighters. Mix in some Sockeye salmon and Chum salmon, including a few Dolly Vardens that have followed the salmon up rivers, and the streams can be "alive" with thousands of fish. In late August and early September, Silver salmon move into the rivers. You will get a hit, followed by a 7- to 15-pound silver clearing the water several times before settling into solid combat. Keep the drag loose! They will easily break the 10-lb line.
Six clients are the maximum on our stream fishing trips. On most days, we won't see any other visitors on the river, other than bears and eagles. If we do encounter another group, we can quickly move to a different location. Combat fishing is not in the works.
Novice or experienced—we'll make each day work for you. We often hike to get to the perfect location, but we have great flexibility to choose from several streams, reducing hiking distances.
There is excellent stream fishing on Admiralty Island, Baranof Island, Chichagof Island, and Kuiu Island, along many of the rivers which feed into Chatham Strait and Frederick Sound. Some of our clients have told us they have had the best fishing day of their lives here. We want to do our part to keep it that way.
Many of our guests spend multiple days fishing on our charters. Generally, a couple of days of successful fishing for salmon and halibut provides all the frozen fish you'll need for home use. We'll be happy to clean and freeze your fish for you. When you arrive at your destination in Juneau or Sitka, there are excellent fish processors that can pack and ship your catch.
We will help you maximize your experience on the rivers we fish. We'll provide boat transportation, either by the 28' For Reel or our 16' Lund boat, to several different streams. If you have your equipment (including fly fishing and spin fishing gear, boots, fishing vests, jackets, and waders), by all means, bring them. Alaska Wilderness Charters has a limited supply of waders, plus some essential fly fishing and spin fishing gear. We also carry a small first aid kit. We sometimes bring a pack raft up the river to transport extra equipment in dry bags with larger groups.
Between the sunny days in Alaska, it can be cool and damp. You'll need to bring rain gear, rubber boots, and some warm clothing—see Recommended Gear. The stream waters are always chilly. We will be wearing waders when fishing, but long pants or long underwear bottoms beneath them can be a nice thing - especially if you choose to stand in the water much of the day. A small day pack is handy for your binoculars, camera (be sure to store it in a zip-lock bag), and some extra clothing. Anyone over the age of 12 will need an Alaska fishing license. The same license applies to saltwater fishing.
The Tongass National Forest sees very few visitors and has no roads. The trip includes casting in streams where steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout, Dolly Varden (Arctic Char), and salmon thrive for fishers. If you don't like to fish (but your partner does), be sure to bring your binoculars and camera - the wilderness areas we go to are stunningly beautiful, and we usually see bears, eagles, and whales. This area is a photographer's dream, with orcas, sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, and hundreds of shorebirds populating the rugged coastline.
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Master fishing guide Doug Ogilvy spent over twenty years as a full-time commercial salmon fisherman and bottom-fish long-liner and is now "semi-retired." With an additional twenty years of sport-fishing and stream-fishing experience on the ocean, streams, and Alaska's wilderness, Doug has extensive knowledge of fishing opportunities in this beautiful area.
Doug will give you a good day on one of the many rivers and creeks along our travel route. He's always happy to provide lessons on fly-casting or spin-casting equipment and technique.
One productive fishing area is the Goulding Lakes and Goulding River system, one of the largest drainages on Chichagof Island. An impressive waterfall is accessible by hiking a trail that starts near the remains of an old mule-drawn mining-cart rail line. The trail continues into open muskeg toward the shore of the first lake. Where the waterfall blocks passage of salmon runs into the lake. There is over a mile of challenging stream we can fish below the falls. Steelhead, Cutthroat, and Dolly Varden can be found here in May and June.
Day 1: We will explore the waters and island shorelines near our first anchorage. Those interested in stream fishing can try their luck in nearby short outlet streams, or they can fish for saltwater species in the surrounding kelp beds.
Days 2–4: Several outlet streams offer narrow, fast-moving water. Conditions permitting, we will hike up these streams to small lakes. These lakes hold Cutthroat, Rainbows, and Dolly Varden, and we may find Steelhead in the outlet stream or one of several of the inlet streams. It is a beautiful and calm area and a wonderful place to spend part of the day fishing. We'll explore a narrow estuarine entrance and then hike through the muskeg to another small lake. This pristine wilderness lake has a waterfall on the outlet, which blocks fish from the ocean. The surrounding area is rich salmon bay.
Days 5–7: Each day of our trip will offer an opportunity for exploration, with good fishing and hiking. The group may split into sport fishing or stream fishing sub-groups, depending upon each individuals' preference. We travel through an area of relatively protected waters, with dozens of islands to explore and several intriguing river systems.
Day 8: We will pack up our fly-casting and spin-casting gear and arrive at our destination.
I just wanted to send a note of thanks for giving me several great days of fishing. The places were outstanding, and it was an experience I will treasure and long remember. I especially appreciated your help and patience with me—considering that I am such a novice fisherman. With a little help, I actually caught several fish, which I never expected. Thanks!
Doug was very easy to work with. We described what we were interested in seeing and doing, and Doug took our group to some great locations. We thoroughly enjoyed our days on the river, and got some great fish—which we were happy to release.