10Best: Alaska Fishing Lodges 101

  • Landing at a fishing lodge in Alaska may seem surreal as you get off the float plane.

    Find your fishing bliss

    Catching fish in Alaska is easy. Travel and gear details are harder. Alaska fishing lodges take care of all that. With nary a care, you just step off the float plane at the remote lodge. It's like landing in paradise.

    Photo courtesy of Robin Hood/State of Alaska

  • Arrival at Waterfall Resort is by float plane.

    Ethereal arrival

    Fishing lodges provide guides and gear. At Waterfall Resort, guides lead you to secret spots while the chef back at the lodge whips up luscious meals. Meanwhile, you're still just fishing.

    Photo courtesy of Waterfall Resort

  • Fishing Alaska's Inside Passage is a specialty of Steamboat Bay Fishing Club.

    Steamboat Bay Fishing Club

    Steamboat Bay Fishing Club serves gourmet meals and takes guests fishing in heated cabin cruisers. The luxury 16-guest resort is on Noyes Island near Alaska's Inside Passage.

    Photo courtesy of Steamboat Bay Fishing Club

  • Some Alaska fishing lodges are priced for families, but not many.

    Family-friendly Jumping Salmon Lodge

    Jumping Salmon Lodge is a newly re-opened mid-price lodge on Prince William Sound. Fishing pals can buddy-up in bunkhouse accommodations. Families like cabins with kitchenettes. The Evans Island location is 40-minutes by float plane from Anchorage.

    Photo courtesy of Jason Cannon/State of Alaska

  • Head out to saltwater for trophy-sized catch.

    Alaska's saltwater fishing

    Alaska saltwater fishing is legendary. Halibut can weigh up to 300 pounds. Dozens of charter boats and fishing lodges offer expeditions on large saltwater inlets such the Inside Passage and Prince William Sound

    Photo courtesy of Jason Cannon/State of Alaska

  • An Alaska fishing guide knows how quickly Alaska can become dangerous.

    Guides interpret Alaska's moods

    A fishing guide is a "fish whisperer," and so much more. Alaska wilderness can turn unexpectedly dangerous. Grizzly bears are a threat; sedate rivers turn into whitewater in a drizzle--that's the wild nature of Alaska. A fishing lodge guide or a private guide can be the best money spent in Alaska.

    Photo courtesy of Enchanted Lake Lodge

  • Fly fishing fans often enjoy fishing in solitude, not a good idea in Alaska.

    Cast your line afar

    Fly fishing enthusiasts often seek solitude. Alaska has plenty. But visitors should not go it alone. Consider a wilderness camp. In the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alpenview's Tent Camp on the river is home base for guests. A jet boat transports them to prime fishing sites along the river.

    Photo courtesy of Robin Hood/State of Alaska

  • The fish are up early. The fishing party had better get out there, too.

    Early morning fish call

    Some fishing lodges have "fly outs." Each morning a float plane heads to a new fishing hot spot. Enchanted Lake Lodge runs daily fly-outs so guests can sample the best fishing areas on the Alaska Peninsula.

    Photo courtesy of Enchanted Lake Lodge

  • Peaceful early morning suits many a fishing enthusiast.

    Misty mornings, bright nights

    Early morning fishing has a glow all its own. The quiet beauty belongs solely to the fisherman.

    Photo courtesy of Robin Hood/State of Alaska

  • Grizzlies make great fishermen with those big sharp claws to scoop up fish.

    Look who is up early!

    In some locations, man and grizzly fish side-by-side. Fishing groups from Enchanted Lake Lodge arriving at a "hot" site sometimes find the grizzlies already snatching fish. Seems they got the same memo.

    Photo courtesy of Enchanted Lake Lodge

  • All reeled out

    Full-service Alaska fishing lodges are a nice vacation. But consider cost: $6,000 up to $11,000 per person for a week. Avid Alaska fishing fans who live, eat and breathe the sport are willing to pay the price. Lodges are expensive to run, generating income only a few months of the year. Plus supplies are expensively transported from the Lower 48.

    Photo courtesy of Enchanted Lake Lodge

  • Scenic around every corner

    Some fishing lodges offer hiking trails to scenic spots. Waterfall Resort on Prince of Wales Island has--you guessed it--a waterfall.

    Photo courtesy of Waterfall Resort

  • Salmon run!

    Everyone grabs a pole when there's a salmon run. Drop a line, up pops a fish--it's that easy. You do need a license and must take only the allowable number of salmon--typically enough to brighten your freezer. Alaska's sustainable fishing laws are generous.

    Photo courtesy of Brian Adams/State of Alaska

  • The sun sets late during Alaska's summer, allowing the rod and reel set more time to fish.

    Sunset comes slowly

    Summer sunsets in Alaska come as late as 11 p.m. The good news is the Alaska fishing day is longer than anywhere else in the U.S.

    Photo courtesy of Frank Flavin/State of Alaska

  • The lonely fisherman at Silver Salmon Creek makes the most of fleeting summer.

    The last fisherman

    At the end of the day, one bear is still fishing. He knows the halcyon days of summer are short-lived.

    Photo courtesy of Robin Hood/State of Alaska

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