The weather is heating up here in Southeast Alaska, and so is the Halibut fishing. Some of the favorite adventure opportunities here at Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge are our saltwater fishing trips. Although freshwater adventures remain a favorite of many outdoorsman here, Alaska Halibut fishing shouldn’t be missed. Recent changes in regulation mean that not all fishing lodges and charter boats in Southeast Alaska are permitted to offer guided Halibut fishing. Boardwalk Lodge is one of the few sport lodges where you can enjoy the chance to catch one of these monsters.
What is the Pacific Halibut?
Pacific halibut is a large, flat fish that has been known to grow to incredible sizes here in Alaska. With a life span that can reach 55 years and sizes that easily hit the 100-pound and higher range, this fish is the kind of trophy catch that leaves anglers with an unforgettable experience.
The average Alaskan Halibut weighs between 20 and 40 pounds, but Alaska’s Halibut sport fishing record currently stands at a whopping 459 pounds. They tend to linger around reefs and the rough crags of the Inside Passage. Our knowledgeable U.S. Coat Guard Certified fishing guides are skilled at navigating both the deep and shallow waters where they feed.
You can read more about this amazing fish by reading our halibut fact sheet.
Halibut Fishing at Boardwalk Lodge
Boardwalk Lodge in Alaska is a premier fishing destination that offers an amazing halibut fishing experience. Halibut fishing at Boardwalk Lodge is a unique and exhilarating adventure that draws fishing enthusiasts from all over the world.
Boardwalk Lodge is situated on the Prince of Wales Island, which is renowned for its abundant marine life, including the Pacific halibut. These flatfish are a challenging catch for even the most experienced fishermen.
What sets Boardwalk Lodge apart from other fishing destinations is the unparalleled experience it offers. Our lodge has expert guides who know the local waters like the back of their hand and can take you to the best halibut fishing spots in the area. We also provide you with top-of-the-line fishing equipment, such as high-quality rods, reels, and bait, and give you valuable tips on how to catch these elusive fish.
One common method for catching Alaska Halibut is bait fishing. Jigging is another favorite method, as it gives you more of a chance to actively fish and lure out the most aggressive Halibut from their depths.
Once you hook a halibut, the real fun begins. These fish are incredibly strong and will put up a fight, giving you an adrenaline rush like no other. You’ll need to use all your strength and skills to reel in these giant fish, and the satisfaction you’ll get when you finally land one is unparalleled.
Apart from the thrill of catching a halibut, you’ll also be treated to breathtaking views of the Alaskan wilderness. The pristine waters, the rugged coastline, and the majestic mountains provide a stunning backdrop to your fishing adventure. You may even spot some other marine animals, such as whales, dolphins, or seals, adding to the excitement of your trip.
After a day of halibut fishing, you can return to the lodge, where you’ll be treated to world-class amenities, such as luxurious accommodations, gourmet meals, and top-notch service. You can relax and unwind in the lodge’s hot tub, or swap stories with other fishermen around the campfire.
Catching Halibut isn’t an experience you can get just anywhere. The summer months in Alaska remain the most ideal for Halibut fishing. Prince of Wales Island, with its rocky straits and unique combination of deep and shallow waters, provides prime Halibut habitat.
Boardwalk Lodge Halibut Cuisine
Boardwalk Lodge in Alaska offers a unique culinary experience for guests, with a focus on locally-sourced and freshly caught seafood. One of the highlights of their menu is their halibut cuisine, which showcases the delicious flavors of this prized fish.
Boardwalk Lodge’s culinary team prepares halibut in a variety of ways. We incorporate the fish into creative and delicious dishes such as halibut gazpacho and sesame crusted Alaskan halibut.
Boardwalk Lodge’s culinary team also takes pride in using locally-sourced ingredients and flavors to enhance their dishes. They incorporate fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits that are grown in the region, as well as locally made sauces and seasonings that add depth and complexity to the flavors of the halibut.
What to Pack for an Alaskan Halibut Fishing Trip
When planning for an Alaskan halibut fishing trip, it is important to dress appropriately to ensure your comfort and safety. The weather in Alaska can be unpredictable, so it’s important to dress in layers that can be easily added or removed as needed. Here are some recommended clothing items for an Alaskan halibut fishing trip:
- Base layer: Start with a moisture-wicking base layer that will keep you dry and comfortable. Thermal underwear, long-sleeved shirts, and leggings are great options.
- Insulating layer: Add an insulating layer such as a fleece jacket or sweater to keep you warm in colder temperatures.
- Waterproof layer: A waterproof jacket and pants are essential to keep you dry in case of rain or splashing waves.
- Hat: A warm hat will keep your head and ears warm, and a brimmed hat will protect your face and eyes from the sun.
- Gloves: Gloves will protect your hands from cold water and help you grip the fishing rod.
- Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses will help reduce glare and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Waterproof boots: Rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots with good traction are recommended to keep your feet dry and prevent slipping on wet surfaces.
It’s important to avoid cotton clothing as it can absorb moisture and take a long time to dry, which can make you feel cold and uncomfortable. Instead, choose clothing made from synthetic or wool materials that are quick-drying and will keep you warm even when wet.
In addition to clothing, make sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. With the right clothing and gear, you’ll be well-prepared for an amazing halibut fishing trip in Alaska.
Let Boardwalk Lodge Take Care of the Rest
At Boardwalk Lodge in Alaska, ensuring a safe and enjoyable fishing experience for our guests is a top priority. One of the ways we accomplish this is by closely monitoring fishing regulations and weather conditions. We also take care of securing fishing licenses for guests, so they can focus on enjoying their fishing trip without any worry.
Boardwalk Lodge stays up-to-date with all fishing regulations in the area and ensures that guests are fishing within legal limits. We keep a close eye on changes to regulations and communicate any updates to guests, so they are always aware of any changes that may affect their fishing trip.
Weather conditions in Alaska can be unpredictable, and safety is paramount when fishing in open water. Boardwalk Lodge monitors weather conditions closely and provides guests with up-to-date information on current weather conditions, as well as weather forecasts for the duration of their trip. We also provide guests with appropriate gear and equipment to ensure their safety and comfort while fishing.
Book Your Alaskan Halibut Fishing Experience Today!
Whether you come to Alaska for freshwater fishing or saltwater angling, we encourage you to fish for Halibut. Hooking one of these incredible fish will likely give you a huge fight — you’re likely to get hooked yourself! Don’t put adventure off another day, book your stay today!