Alaska Steelhead & Rainbow Trout Fact Sheet

Kristen Atkins lands Alaska Steelhead on Prince of Wales Island

Names Common Name: Steelhead Trout/Rainbow Trout Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss Other Names: Chromers, Silver Bullets, Sea-run Rainbows, Gray ghosts, Rainbows or Square-tails Description Color & Markings: Adult steelhead have two very different physical appearances. Adult rainbow trout do not. In the ocean, and for a time after returning to freshwater, steelhead are bright silver in color with some irregular shaped spots on their back. They look very much like silver salmon, [Read More]

Best Tactics for Fishing Alaska’s Steelhead Trout

Fishing guide Jay Mar lands his first Alaska Steelhead of the season

by Chris Brewer Despite their voracity, durability, and resilience, Steelhead Trout are, without a doubt, Alaska’s most high-maintenance fish. Catching one is like spotting the hottest, most meticulous, intelligent, accomplished person around and deciding in advance, “That’s who I’m going to take home.” Steelhead fishing takes prior planning, a proper approach, an excellent lure, attentiveness, and a quick wit. Plan Your Attack You’ll need to know where to look for Steelhead. Look for cut [Read More]

Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing on the Fly

Coho Salmon fishing (aka Silver Salmon) in Southeast Alaska

by John Conger As originally published in American Outdoorsman Magazine — Summer 2018 Wham, another wild ‘Slamming Silver’ Salmon just crushed my 1982 Pink Pixie lure on light tackle on a remote stream on the last day of my salmon fishing trip on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Just like the previous five, (limit is six) this 15-pound hooked-nosed beast took the monofilament out of my spool at warp speed. Down the stream it flew, using the swift current like a [Read More]

Alaska Steelhead Fishing: Experience the Hunt, Prepare for a Fight, Savor the Release

Chris Brewer catches her first Alaska Steelhead

by Chris Brewer Alaska steelhead fishing is one of the most sensual and gratifying fishing experiences in the world. It is a fishery for the dedicated, the patient. For the fishermen (and women) who enjoy the experience of the hunt as much as they do the catch. Those who are willing to put in a little more effort than most, and endure a little more cold than most, because, in the end, the payoff is second to none. Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are the sea-going siblings of Rainbow Trout. [Read More]

Boardwalk’s 2018 Show Schedule

Below is a current list of the scheduled events where Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge will be participating. These are always fun experiences in which we have the opportunity to talk about our two favorite subjects: fishing and Alaska's great outdoor adventures. [Read More]

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Boardwalk Lodge

Above all, we pride ourselves on personal attention and service in all we do. Here are 10 other reasons to book your Alaska trip with us: Orvis Endorsed. The exclusive Orvis endorsement is only awarded to the finest fishing lodges in the world. Boardwalk is among a select group of lodges that meet the high standards of the Orvis program. Your fishing vacation is too valuable to waste on poor facilities or guide incompetence. More about our Orvis Endorsement » Fishing Variety. Fresh or [Read More]

Win $100 Orvis Gift Card with "Like" Your Lunker Photo Contest

That's right, post your Boardwalk Lodge fishing photos on our Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/FishingInAlaska) through July 31, 2012. Then spread the word with your Facebook Friends to go to our Page and "Like" your photo. The photo with the most Facebook "Likes" will Win a $100 Orvis Gift Card.* Orvis has a wide array of products, not just fly fishing gear. You may use the card for any purchases you like, either in-store or online at Orvis.com. So c'mon, show off that Boardwalk Lodge [Read More]

Significant Savings for New Self-Guided Adventures!

Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge is introducing new self-guided adventures during spring and fall shoulder seasons. Right now you can Take Well Over 50% Off Regular Season Rates from 1 May to 15 June and again from 12 September to 1 October 2012. Shoulder Season Specials This spring you can target our prized native Steelhead (up to 37 inches), plus Cutthroat and Dolly Varden on local waterways. Fall fishing trips let you tangle with the largest of Silver Salmon (up to 20 lbs). This extraordinary [Read More]

Autumn Salmon Report and Season Sign Off

Lodge guest lands a bright Silver Salmon while fly fishing

In the last couple of weeks Southeast Alaska fishing opportunities took a slight shift. Silver salmon fishing picked up significantly on nearby rivers and streams. Nice catches while fly fishing for silver salmon were the norm. Jude and Hannah Buckley from Minnesota had a great day on Staney Creek recently and put six bright silvers on the bank with one pushing fourteen pounds. On the saltwater there were some great days fishing for silvers as boats pushed south and found limits on [Read More]

Salmon Fishing Sizzles in Southeast Alaska

Catch of the day while saltwater salmon fishing at the lodge

This week was great for salmon fishing at Alaska's Boardwalk lodge. On freshwater streams, such as the Thorne River and Staney Creek, increasing numbers of silver salmon (aka coho salmon) are starting to make their appearance. The streams were choked with pink and chum salmon until a recent hard rain had them on the move upstream. On the saltwater this week there were very good catches of silver and pink salmon. Boardwalk's fleet of boats were averaging about 12-15 silvers per boat for about [Read More]