Best Saltwater Fishing
|Silver Salmon||late July-Sept|
|Pink Salmon||late July-Aug|
|Chum Salmon||Aug-mid Sept|
|Table indicates typical seasonal runs|
Saltwater fishing along Alaska’s Inside Passage — nearly due west of Ketchikan, Alaska — is a phenomenal experience! Join our experienced, U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains from early spring through late fall for a thrilling saltwater fishing excursion. Tangle with the fighting Chinook, or King Salmon, as well as four other salmon species. Or experience the thrill of hauling in one of Alaska’s monster Halibut that often range well over 100 pounds. These and several other species make for an exceptional sport fishing experience:
- King Salmon Fishing (Chinook Salmon)
- Silver Salmon Fishing (Coho Salmon)
- Pink Salmon Fishing (Humpies)
- Chum Salmon Fishing (Dog Salmon)
- Sockeye Salmon Fishing (Red Salmon)
- Alaska Halibut Fishing
- Rockfish Fishing
- Lingcod Fishing
- Dungeness Crab
Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge is home to trophy-class, saltwater fishing located throughout the deep fjords and emerald-green waters of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage.
Because of the oceanfront location of our lodge on the Inside Passage, we enjoy the comforts of fishing in relatively calm waters. This area is comprised of hundreds of islands, protected passages, bays and inlets; and the waters teem with fish and other aquatic life. Rarely do we fish more than 200 yards from land.
Our boats are 28-foot ocean cruisers, specially designed for your comfort and safety. Each is equipped with a heated cabin, flushing private toilet and all required tackle. In addition to being highly knowledgeable about local fishing areas and techniques, your saltwater captains are U.S. Coast Guard licensed, certified in First Aid and CPR.
In addition to our fleet of ocean cruisers and experienced captains, Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge provides you with top-of-the-line saltwater fishing rods, tackle and bait. These include Lamiglas® and G.Loomis® rods paired with Shimano® or Penn® reels. Our staff cleans, fillets or steaks, vacuum packs, freezes and boxes your saltwater fish for your convenient transport home. Smoking your salmon is available at an additional cost.
Everyone from expert anglers to the occasional outdoorsman will thrill to see enormous Humpback whales surfacing, dolphins diving and otters playing in these pristine waters.
PACIFIC SALMON FISHING
King Salmon Fishing
Commonly called Kings, Chinook salmon are Alaska’s state fish and the largest and scarcest 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, though Kings usually range from 25-50 pounds. King fishing is most productive in these waters in June and July.
Silver Salmon Fishing
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.
Pink Salmon Fishing
These 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
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
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 Alaska’s fishing season.
Crabbing is available at Boardwalk. It can be done as part of the routine fishing day. Boardwalk guides will be pleased to take you to crabbing areas during regular fishing hours. However, be aware that Fish and Game regulations require guests prepare their own crab pots and physically set and pull them.