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We don't know about you, but when we go fishing all we want to worry about is if the next fish we hook will be bigger than a minivan. Fishing is as zen a sport as there is, one that brings us physically, emotionally, and spiritually closer to nature than most others. So when you're booking a vacation dedicated to fishing, you want as little hassle as possible, right? Of course we're right. We've assembled the best fishing resorts in the best place to fish (Alaska), and each will handle the minutia so you can devote body and soul to asserting your authority over halibut, salmon, and the like.
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Sportsman's Cove Lodge

Ketchikan, Alaska

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First and foremost, what you want from an all-inclusive vacation is to have everything provided for you. At Sportsman's Cove, you'll put your mind at ease!

Prince of Wales Island is a famous hotbed for... read more

First and foremost, what you want from an all-inclusive vacation is to have everything provided for you. At Sportsman's Cove, you'll put your mind at ease!

Prince of Wales Island is a famous hotbed for salmon and halibut- come and take advantage of it! Your personal deckhand will fillet, vacuum-pack, and flash-freeze your catch, so once you catch it you can put it out of mind. As to what you'll be fishing for, the primary targets are King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Halibut- all delectable. Let the friendly staff handle the details- you're here to fish!

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Ketchikan, AK 99901

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An Alaska Sport Fishing License is required for all nonresidents 16 and over. Anyone under the age of 16 is not required to have a sport fishing license. If you pre-register with the Sportsman's Cove fishing license form, the lodge will have your license and King Salmon stamp ready and waiting upon check-in. The property does request all forms be submitted 30 days before your arrival!

Fun facts

Primary fishing targets are King (Chinook) Salmon, Coho (Silver) Salmon, and Halibut. You also may hook Chum (Dog) Salmon, Pink (“Humpy”) Salmon, Ling Cod, Yellow Eye, and the lodge's personal favorite, the True Cod.

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Prince of Wales Island is a famous hotbed for salmon and halibut. In Southeast Alaska, more fish are caught per license than anywhere else and the catch limits are generous. When you make your reservation, you are automatically entered into the lodge's Calm Water Derby or Wild Coho Derby, whichever is going on during your stay. Your deckhand will fillet your catch, and it will be vacuum-packed and flash-frozen for extra freshness. Your fish is then placed in heavy-duty wax-coated boxes so you can check it as baggage. You will also have the luxury of choosing to have some of your fish smoked with the lodge's superb recipes.

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Deep Creek Fishing Club

Ninilchik, Alaska

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+1 (866) 452 - 9472

Let us hit you with some facts: Deep Creek Fishing Club is a deluxe ocean-front lodging featuring panoramic views of five surrounding glacier-capped volcanoes. Also there is some decent fishing. Do we have your... read more

Let us hit you with some facts: Deep Creek Fishing Club is a deluxe ocean-front lodging featuring panoramic views of five surrounding glacier-capped volcanoes. Also there is some decent fishing. Do we have your attention yet?

All rooms come with king-size beds, a rock fireplace, private bathroom en suite, satellite TV, mini fridge stocked with complimentary soft drinks and daily maid service. Of course, you'll only spend your nights in your room- the rest will be filled with fishing, fishing, and more fishing! Fully guided saltwater or fresh water fishing, four guests to a boat so you know you'll be getting incredible personal service. Also you can stop fretting about meals- your stay comes with a complete dining plan, with hearty breakfasts, lunches and 5-star gourmet dinners with complimentary wine and beer!

Address

67480 Deep Creek Way, Ninilchik, AK 99639

Highlights

Photograph the giant Brown bear up close and personal, feeding on salmon or sedge grass. Deep Creek Fishing Club is the only operator which uses helicopters to take you to non-commercial bear viewing areas; in other words, the REAL Alaska. Deep Creek is the only lodge to fly into these particular spots! It is not unusual to see 30-50 bears in a day.

Fun facts

Deep Creek Fishing Club, has attained nationwide notoriety on television, having been featured 6 times on Larry Czonka’s, North to Alaska program and 4 times on Michael Fowlkes’, Inside Sportfishing Series.

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Valhalla Lodge

Nondalton, Alaska

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+1 (907) 243 - 6096

Valhalla Lodge is named for where Nordic warriors were thought to go when they died in battle. It's a place that can best be described as paradise, where they were rewarded for their bravery and battle prowess. A... read more

Valhalla Lodge is named for where Nordic warriors were thought to go when they died in battle. It's a place that can best be described as paradise, where they were rewarded for their bravery and battle prowess. A stay at Valhalla Lodge is pretty much that, minus the battle aspect.

As there are no roads connecting the lodge to the rest of the world, you'll have to fly in on a footplate. But the effort is definitely worth it! Located at the headwaters of the world famous salmon and rainbow trout streams of Alaska’s Bristol Bay, Valhalla Lodge has a history woven into the fabric of Alaska outdoor life. It's beautiful accommodations are unquestioned, and an all-inclusive stay include so much more. What will keep you coming back, however, is the irrepressible hospitality of the staff!

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PO Box 190583 Anchorage, Alaska 99519

Highlights

You'll have the opportunity to cast your line in several different rivers during your stay including the Kvichak, the Newhalen, the Nushagak, the Mulchatna, and the Alagnak Rivers.

Fun facts

Valhalla Lodge puts you on the best of the best…rainbow trout, lake trout, arctic grayling, king salmon, sockeye salmon, silver salmon, chum salmon, and pink salmon. You may even have a chance to photograph the bears of Katmai!

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Northwoods Lodge

Skwentna, Alaska

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Northwoods Lodge describes itself as "the premier Alaska Fishing Lodge located on Fish Lakes Creek". It's the best- why would you settle for anything less?

Just a scant three miles from Lake Creek,... read more

Northwoods Lodge describes itself as "the premier Alaska Fishing Lodge located on Fish Lakes Creek". It's the best- why would you settle for anything less?

Just a scant three miles from Lake Creek, Northwoods lodge manages to feel secluded yet sociable. The sociable part starts right when you arrive, as you'll be immediately greeted by your fishing guide, who will remain with you throughout your stay at Northwoods Fishing Lodge. Seven Alaska creeks are within boating distance of the fishing lodge, each offerings its own charms, nuances, and sights. Don't worry about hauling all your fishing stuff- the lodge is happy to provide excellent equipment for all anglers, even those looking to try their hands at fly fishing. From the river bank, back trolling, or mid-stream shallow areas you'll cast away, reel it slowly, then cast away again. It's a little slice of heaven.

Address

P.O. Box 56 | Skwentna, Alaska 99667

Highlights

The Yentna River is a glacial fed tributary of the Susitna River that provides clear water tributaries to sight fish.

Fun facts

Lake Creek is 60 miles long running North to South from Chelatna Lake in the Alaska Mountain Range to the Yentna River.

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Gwin's Lodge & Kenai Peninsula

Cooper Landing, Alaska

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The Kenai Peninsula is known as Alaska's Playground, and for good reason. There's a nigh-endless assortment of fun things to do in the great outdoors, from hunting and hiking to fishing. Gwin's Lodge excels at... read more

The Kenai Peninsula is known as Alaska's Playground, and for good reason. There's a nigh-endless assortment of fun things to do in the great outdoors, from hunting and hiking to fishing. Gwin's Lodge excels at all three.

Among its many claims to fame is that Gwin's Lodge is the closest restaurant and lodging to the confluence of two world-class salmon streams - the Kenai River and the Russian River, both incredibility spots for salmon fishing. As you cast off it the cold current you'll have an incredible view of the majestic Kenai Mountains and the Chugach National Forest. if you'd like a little human interaction, the lodge's central location makes all recreational activities in nearby towns (Seward, Soldotna, Nilnilchik, Clam Gulch, Kenai, Homer, etc.) easily accessible. The fantastic staff will always strive to provide you exceptional service. Don't worry about planning the details- let Gwin's do it for you, and they'll prepare an unforgettable agenda for you and your party.

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14865 Sterling Hwy, Cooper Landing, AK 99572

Highlights

Gwin's Lodge has a world-renowned full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week during the season.

Related Onsite Offerings

Gwin's Lodge also has a tackle shop where you can buy fishing licenses, fishing tackle and equipment, snacks, drinks, sunglasses, hats, and Alaska souvenirs and gifts.

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Alaska's Kodiak Island Resort

Larsen Bay, Alaska

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On the quiet shore of Larsen Bay, on tranquil Kodiak Island, the most luxurious wilderness fishing resort and lodge in Alaska stands impassively. Alaska's Kodiak Island Resort provides absolute enjoyment and... read more

On the quiet shore of Larsen Bay, on tranquil Kodiak Island, the most luxurious wilderness fishing resort and lodge in Alaska stands impassively. Alaska's Kodiak Island Resort provides absolute enjoyment and comfort to guests from a ll over the world- and you're next!

Halibut fishing from a catamaran never felt so good! Kodiak Island Resort is unsurpassed in its fishy glory. This never-crowded resort is meticulously positioned for spectacular and unforgettable views of the Alaska sunsets and surrounding mountains. Meanwhile, the lodge offers an exorbitant amount of activities for you and your group to partake in. Saltwater fishing and fly-in fishing are always popular, but you'll also love kayaking, bear viewing, whale watching, beach-combing, wildlife photography, and much more!

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1st St, Larsen Bay, AK 99624

Dates and Times

The lodge is open from May to October

Highlights

You'll love the deluxe bay view bedrooms, each with a private full-sized bath!

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Eagle Charters & Lodge

Elfin Cove, Alaska

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Take a trip to a location so secluded it can only be reached by floatplane. Take a trip to Eagle Charters & Lodge for the vacation of a life time!

Head out to Elfin Cove for some professional guided... read more

Take a trip to a location so secluded it can only be reached by floatplane. Take a trip to Eagle Charters & Lodge for the vacation of a life time!

Head out to Elfin Cove for some professional guided fishing by local experts. Anything and everything you could possibly need will be provided for you, including all meals, bait, lures and fishing tackle, fish processing, laundry service, sauna, kayaks, and more! Of course you're here to fish, and fish you will. The surrounding waters are rich with baitfish and other aquatic sea life that make a perfect environment for huge halibut. The Lodge's captains work hard to find the best and calmest waters, helping them build a reputation for consistently putting their guests where the biggest fish are.

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P.O. Box 77 Elfin Cove, Alaska 99825

Highlights

King salmon average 30 pounds and weigh upwards of 60 pounds (the lodge record is 62 pounds!).

Fun facts

Fishing takes place in waters that average 200ft and the tidal exchange is relatively calm.

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Favorite Bay Lodge

Angoon, Alaska

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Do we need to say it? Fine, here it goes: after you stay at the next entry on our list, it'll probably be your... favorite...

In all seriousness, Favorite Bay Lodge's location on Admiralty Island is well... read more

Do we need to say it? Fine, here it goes: after you stay at the next entry on our list, it'll probably be your... favorite...

In all seriousness, Favorite Bay Lodge's location on Admiralty Island is well off the beaten track and therefore provides unparalleled saltwater fishing within minutes of the Lodge. A wide variety of species are available to you, from Wild Pacific Salmon and monster Halibut to a fabulous variety of Rockfish. If you're unsure or inexperienced, allow the lodge's Coast Guard certified guides to show you the ropes and the prime spots. All bait, tackle and gear, including rubber boots, jackets and pants, are provided for you, not to mention a gourmet boxed lunch! And once you're back on land the lodge will happily will process your catch to go home with you. How can it not be your favorite?.

Address

917 Kootznahoo Road, Angoon, AK 99820

Highlights

Depending on the package, ALL meals are provided!

Fun facts

Fish processing includes filleting of fish, modern vacuum sealing, flash freezing and packaging in an insulated fish box.

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Alagnak Lodge

King Salmon, Alaska

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For freshwater salmon fishing, there is a simple rule: the closer you are to the ocean, the fresher the fish, and the better the fishing. The Alagnak Lodge is just five miles inland, plus it's in a city called... read more

For freshwater salmon fishing, there is a simple rule: the closer you are to the ocean, the fresher the fish, and the better the fishing. The Alagnak Lodge is just five miles inland, plus it's in a city called King Salmon. It's gotta be pretty good!

The tidal water on the lodge's doorstep is, simply put, the best place to fish for salmon. Of course if you seek a little more seclusion, flyouts give you the opportunity to explore the excellent trout, grayling and char fisheries in Katmai National Park and the surrounding area. Don't worry yourself about planning the details, as for simplicity's sake each day on the Alagnak is divided into three sessions. Your guide will take you out any two of the three sessions, and fishing is available right off the dock or nearby at other times.

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King Salmon, AK 99613

Highlights

The five species of salmon add a lot of variety to the fishery. King salmon prefer to stay in the deeper water, and most of the king fishing takes place from the boat using a variety of techniques and either gear or fly.

Fun facts

Pacific salmon stop feeding when they enter fresh water, and face a journey upriver that will gradually deplete their energy reserves.

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Larsen Bay Lodge

Larsen Bay, Alaska

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No other place in Alaska invokes as much mystery, adventure, and excitement as Kodiak does. From big salmon to big halibut to big bears, you'll certainly have some big fun!

At Larsen Bay Lodge you'll... read more

No other place in Alaska invokes as much mystery, adventure, and excitement as Kodiak does. From big salmon to big halibut to big bears, you'll certainly have some big fun!

At Larsen Bay Lodge you'll experience the raw beauty and bountiful wildlife of Alaska doing what you love best- fishing. Both saltwater AND freshwater fishing are available, and since Larsen Bay maintains its own fleet of boats you'll always have easy access to the best spots. Meanwhile the floatplane and experienced guides will help put you right in the middle of the action! You'll be reeling in all types of fish, including King Salmon, (Chinook), Silver Salmon (Coho), Red Salmon (Sockeye), Pink Salmon, Chum Salmon, Steelhead, and Dolly Varden as well as saltwater fishing in near-shore protected waters for Halibut, Sea Bass, Lingcod, and more!

Address

101 Beach Front Drive, Larsen Bay, AK 99624

Highlights

Larsen Bay Lodge's fleet includes a 65' aluminum fishing boat the Eagle One.

Getting there

Larsen Bay Lodge is accessible by a short 30-minute flight from the town of Kodiak

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