Trolling for Alaska King Salmon

Author Chris Brewer with the Alaska king salmon she caught while trolling

By Chris Brewer For many people, if not most (Alaskans included), when you talk about fishing for King salmon, the first thing that comes to mind is river-fishing, either from the bank or from a boat. The banks and waterways are crowded as anglers from Outside (people from anywhere other than Alaska), as well as locals, vie for a chance to land one of the legendary “monster” Kenai River Kings. Everyone is hoping that maybe, just maybe, they’ll be the one to catch the fish that beats Les [Read More]

Alaska Halibut Fact Sheet

Lodge guest Russ Andrus lands a tasty Alaskan halibut

Names Common Name: Halibut Scientific Name: Hippoglossus stenolepis Other Names: Butts, Chickens (little ones), Turkeys (bigger than little ones), Barn doors (big ones) Halibut Description Color & Markings: Their upper side ranges in color from mottled blue-gray to olive green-brown depending on the color of the ocean floor where they live. The bottom side of the fish is white. Size: 1-8ft long and 5-500lbs. Alaska’s Record sport-caught halibut was 459lbs. Distinguishing [Read More]

Alaska King Salmon Fact Sheet

Guest Russ Andrus Alaska King Salmon fishing

Names Common Name: King Salmon Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Other Names: Chinook Salmon, Blackmouth, Spring salmon King Salmon Description Color & Markings: Black irregular spots on their back, dorsal fins, and both lobes of the tail fin. Black gums and black mouth under the tongue. Size: 36+ inches and 30+ lbs at maturity. Distinguishing Features: The only Pacific salmon with both black mouth and black gums. King Salmon Fishing Book your King Salmon [Read More]

Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fact Sheet

Boardwalk fishing guide Kris Atkins holds sockeye salmon for guest photo op

Names Common Name: Sockeye Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Other Names: Red Salmon or Blueback Sockeye Salmon Description Color & Markings: Sea going Sockeye (and those that have recently entered rivers to spawn), have iridescent silvery sides and a white belly. Their backs are a metallic blue-green color. They may have fine, black speckling on their back, but they do not have large distinct spots. As the fish progress farther up river, they turn bright red (hence their [Read More]

Jigging for Alaskan Halibut

Chris Brewer fishing for Alaskan halibut

by Chris Brewer Alaska halibut fishing is the #1 offshore sport fishery in the state and with good reason: The fishing is fun, the meat is tasty and versatile, and the sights are spectacular (especially on a sunny day in Southeast Alaska). While you can catch halibut in pretty much any part of the ocean along the coast, Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge offers exceptional saltwater fishing trips among the protected waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Boardwalk's saltwater skippers know where the [Read More]

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 Steelhead 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 [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]