Sitka Alaska Salmon Fishing
Premier King (Chinook) & Silver (Coho) Salmon Fishing
Alaska King Salmon Fishing
Even the seasoned traveler is taken aback by a visit to Cascade Creek Lodge. There is simply nothing like it in the lower 48. The abundance of glaciers, eagles, whales, and its sheer size makes Alaska special.
That goes for fishing as well. Hooking Chinook Salmon (King Salmon) or Coho Salmon (Silver Salmon) is a challenging but exhilarating experience. Get ready to land a big one, because your chances are good. Expect a fight because these are big fish and the big ones usually put up a battle. Landing some of these big guys can be a lot of fun; almost as much fun as grilling them that night as the hero of the day.
Of course, the captain will provide all you need to catch the big one including poles, lures, and gear. An experienced fisherman will be by your side to help you gaff your prize and make sure he gets into the boat.
Check out the 2020 King salmon sportfishing regulations.
How the Fishing Trip Goes
Your Sitka Alaska day often begins as the captain motors the vessel away from Baranof Island. This is where Cascade Creek Lodge sits on the outer coast of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Both experienced and novice fishermen will enjoy this fishing trip. Soon fishermen will have their lines baited and in the water. Usually, the fishermen don’t have to wait long before their lines are bowed with the struggling salmon and the fight is on.
The captain, one of the Kraft Family, is there to coach the fisherman on how to keep the struggle going without losing his prize. Reeling him in takes time and effort. Often after being reeled in close to the boat, the salmon will find new strength and pull the line out once more. This is where the fisherman must find his strength or get help from others and continue the fight.
Usually, the fisherman gets the salmon close to the boat where the captain or experienced fisherman can gaff the fish underneath the backbone and securely bring it aboard. The smaller fish can be brought onboard using a net. Often the salmon is still thrashing when brought aboard but quickly loses steam. It is thrown into the cooler to keep it fresh.
All our trips are captained by a member of our family. When you are on one of our fishing charters, you're our guest and we treat you like family.
Salmon Fishing in Sitka, Alaska
The two most popular fishing techniques used to catch salmon are mooching and trolling. Both are very effective, but are quite different in their methods.
If you are interested in the most hands-on method of fishing in Alaska, mooching for salmon would be it! While utilizing the mooching method, all anglers fish for salmon with their own rod and reels; and can continue fishing even when another angler has one on the line! This method is more effective when large schools of salmon are in the area, as anglers work their baits up and down the water column.
Trolling with electric downriggers is another effective way to catch salmon. This method is most effective when the salmon fishing is slower or you have less anglers on board. A lot of lodges around Sitka effectively fish for salmon using both methods, but not many have the option to do both.
At Cascade Creek Lodge, we give the guests the option to do either. And if one method isn't working to the group's or captain's expectations, we always have the option to try the other.
Most Diverse Fishery in Alaska
Most anglers searching for a saltwater fishing trip to Alaska are interested in catching salmon and halibut. Finding a location that consistently catches both on every fishing day is important. Finding a location that offers salmon/halibut fishing, but also offers anglers the opportunity to catch black cod, lingcod, rockfish and sharks is when you have found the winner! Learn more about all the types of fish we catch in Sitka.
Not only is it flavorful and a favorite at restaurants and homes, but the fish provides a combination of omega 3 and selenium. Salmon is also a rich source of Vitamins D and A which contribute to a healthy immune system. Frequent helpings of salmon can also be helpful in the battle against common illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Many food scientists also believe that salmon also can be an important weapon against mental decline in aging.
The presence of a knowledgeable, personable, and experienced guide and deckhand is what makes a fishing trip to Alaska special! There are several reasons people come back to us year after year, one of those being the personal connection created with our guides and deckhands. Our fishing fleet consists of 30 foot walk-around sport-fishers with enclosed cabins, a private bathroom, and twin outboard engines.
Make your fishing charter a package with the Cascade Creek Lodge. The Cascade Creek Lodge sits on the shores of the Sitka Channel and features expansive views the North Pacific Ocean. Each one of our ten bright and spacious guest rooms features your own private balcony overlooking the water and our famous volcano, Mt. Edgecumbe. Guests enjoy our large lounging area, bar, and dining area after a day on the water.
Sights of Sitka Alaska
Sitka is located in Southeast Alaska. While you are waiting to hook your first, or tenth, fish, stay alert for sights that are extremely rare in the lower 48 states but more common in Sitka Alaska. You might see otters tumbling playfully around in their natural habitat.
More obvious sights are the waterspouts from whales. These giants are frequent sights in waters around Sitka, although the deep water is their true home. Being mammals, of course, they need to surface to gulp some air.
Many of these species can remain below the surface for approximately 90 minutes before needing to surface and can dive 2,000 yards below the surface.
Historic Sitka Alaska
As you return to shore with your catch, take in the sights around historic Sitka. The historic city is accessible only by boat or airplane. The city was established in 1799 by Russian Americans and was the site of the official handoff from Russia to America in 1867. Alaska officially became a state in 1959.
It can also be the site of your Alaska salmon fishing adventure with Cascade Creek. You will remember it for a long time.