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.