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Fishing

Some of Alaska’s best fishing is on and around Prince of Wales Island. The mix of species in salt water and fresh water makes this place the serious angler’s gotta-go destination.

Enjoy world class fishing

Ocean and FreshWater

Salmon are our most celebrated fish, but anglers’ targets range widely, from halibut hundreds of feet down in ocean depths to trout in high-mountain lakes. 

No matter where you fish, you’re wetting your hooks in clean, cold, fish-rich water. All five species of Pacific Ocean salmon are available during spring and summer. Halibut lurk in cold, deep waters around the island; flatfish at 150 pounds or greater are caught here, but fish in the 20- to 50-pound range are easier to land and make for better eating. Red snapper and several species of cod also await those who fish deep.

Charter skippers can set you up with saltwater day trips. Lodges with fishing guides offer several-day packages. Lodging styles range from world-class plush to down-home rustic. Experienced guides can take you trolling for big king salmon offshore or flyfishing for salmon and trout on clear island streams.

Do-it-yourselfers can reach good fishing on salt water or inland fresh water off the extensive road network. Lakes offer good fishing for cutthroat trout, salmon and Dolly Varden. Some lakes are near roads; others are accessible by floatplane, boat or on foot above ocean estuaries. Dime-bright steelhead run into streams in early spring and fall. Dolly Varden and rainbow trout also make their way into rivers and creeks. Dungeness crabs are found all over Southeast Alaska. These delicious crustaceans are harvested in crab pots by those with fishing licenses. 

Plan your trip around the times of year fish of different types are more plentiful. No matter what time of year you come, you're bound to have a great time and go home with a box full of fish!

King salmon can be caught throughout the year, but the best time to land them and other species of salmon are June through September. Halibut, ling-cod and rock fish can be caught throughout the year and are plentiful. Don't forget about the crab and shrimp - dungeness crab and spot shrimp make a great addition to every fish box!

If you’re a guest at a full-service lodge, your catch can be cleaned and packaged for you to take home. Do-it yourselfers fishing independently or with guides can get waxed, insulated fish boxes from local stores or lodges and pack their chilled fish to ship as checked baggage.

Fishing licenses are available from sporting goods stores, fuel sellers, some lodges and online at www.admin.adfg. state.ak.us/license.

Public Docks

Most communities around the island have public docks at which boats can be launched. Coffman Cove has public floats. Craig has three harbors with more than 200 slips; vessels to 125 feet can be accommodated. Services include water; power; waste/oil disposal; restrooms; and showers. The office is staffed daily and monitors VHF 16. False Island has a ramp. Hollis has small public floats. Hydaburg has state public floats and moorage. Kasaan has public floats. Klawock harbor has float moorage and a boat grid. Naukati Bay has a public float installed by the state. Point Baker and Port Protection have small state-maintained floats. Thorne Bay’s two harbors have transient slips and boat launches. Services include water; power; waste/oil disposal; restrooms; showers; Wi-Fi; and a boat grid. Staff monitor VHF 16. Whale Pass moorage is private.

Harbormasters

Catch crab.

Dungeness are delicious

Charters & Lodges

guided and solo excursions

Whether you want to be taken out on a guided charter or chart your own course, there are many options available!

Outer Otter Sport Fishing

U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain. Great fishing on our 22-ft. boat with enclosed cabin! 2-4 people. Top quality gear. Saltwater and freshwater, including trout, steelhead,

J & J Charter Service

Full-service fishing & lodging. Freshwater, saltwater, and waterfowl charters. Also offering cave tours, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. Lodging and meals also available.

Catch-a-King Charters

Fishing charters for salmon, halibut, bottom fish from May through September. Lodging for up to thirty guests. Twenty years in business with very experienced and

Alaska Wide Open Charters

Fully-guided fishing for salmon and halibut plus lodging out of Craig, Alaska. 15 years guiding experience.

Ruff It Bayside Cabins

Do-it-yourself hunting and fishing. Available from May - September. Comfortable, clean cabins that sleep four. Comes with skiffs. Minutes away from great Coho fishing!

Treasure Hunter Lodge

Deluxe, waterfront, full-service lodge. Hunting trips for black bear, deer, and sea ducks. Charter fishing trips for saltwater and freshwater. Excellent boats. Great hospitality.

Southeast Retreat, Inc.

All-inclusive river & ocean packages include spacious A-Frame and a 4x4 automobile for your exclusive use. Self-guided, lodging/auto options also available.

Shelter Cove Lodge

Year-round lodging on the waterfront. Seasonal charter fishing and hunting. Summer gourmet restaurant and full-service bar. Open to the public.

Salmon Falls Resort

Full-service resort, guided-fishing, on-site processing, skiff rentals, complimentary airport shuttle, June-Sept. Timbers Restaurant features hand-crafted cocktails, steaks, and fresh seafood. Meeting room for weddings, corporate

Prince of Wales Eagle Lodge

Waterfront location in Whale Pass. Boat & vehicle packages available for your self-guided stream or saltwater fishing and sightseeing adventures. Guided fishing also available.

Naukati Bay Outfitters, Inc.

Guest house/cabin rental. Very nice two-bedroom with kitchen. Forested setting with access to a large trout-fishing lake, outside gazebo, fire pit, and smokehouse. Bear hunters

KingFisher Charters & Lodge

Full-service fishing lodge, family-run. Three-day packages starting at $2,750 includes round-trip airfare from Ketchikan International Airport to Craig. 32-foot walk around boats.

Fireweed Lodge

The only full-service fishing resort. 10 boats, kayaks, recreational facilities, spa and fitness room.

Dreamcatcher Inn & Charters

Luxury waterfront lodging in Craig, Alaska. Enjoy one of our three guestrooms all with private baths, phone, DIRECTV, Wi-Fi, and homemade buffet style breakfast. Charter

Coffman Cove Adventures

Coffman Cove Adventures offers full-service self-guided adventures for fishing and sightseeing adventures. Week-long rates include accommodations, meals, vehicle and boat rentals. Nightly lodging and daily

Alaska’s Fish Tales Lodge

Beautifully furnished waterfront cabins located on Neck Lake outlet in Whale Pass. Skiff & vehicle packages available for your self-guided hunting, fishing, and exploring adventures.

Adventure Alaska Southeast

Packages including: cottages, boats, vehicles, saltwater charters, or guided stream fishing. Our facilities include: tackle store, hot tub, freezers, canoes, laundry, and more. Serving POW

Fishing Derbies

The Craig/Klawock Fishing derbies help the hatchery produce fish. Salmon anglers and ticket buyers who never wet a hook can win in the annual Craig-Klawock King Salmon Derby. Ticket sales spin off cash and help to fund Port St. Nicholas Hatchery near Craig. The derby is split into two contests, May 1-June 30 and July 1-Aug. 15. Monthly prizes range from $2,000 for the biggest fish to $500 for third place. Every ticket is entered into a drawing for a $10,000 prize. The drawing is at the annual dinner in mid-August; winners need not be present. Tickets are $35 each or $100 per family and are good for both derbies. Get them at AC Thompson House; Alaska Gifts; Black Bear Store; Davies-Barry Insurance; J.T. Brown’s Store; Log Cabin Sporting Goods; Petro Marine Services; and the Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce. Some lodges have tickets. 

Check out the events calendar for fishing derbies in other island communities including Thorne Bay, Coffman Cove, and Hydaburg

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