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Saltwater Fishing

Glacier Bay and Icy Strait possess all the best attributes of saltwater big-game fishing, without the shortcomings.

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Why our sport fisheries are second to none

Because we primarily fish inside waters, travel time to blue-ribbon fishing grounds often takes less than 20 minutes. Because there are no ocean swells where we fish, seasickness is rare.  The waters we fish are also protected from severe storms, which allow fishing when other areas are blown out.

Each summer, humpback whales migrate to our waters from as far away as Hawaii to feed and fatten up on an abundance of bait fish and herring. The abundance of feed also attracts bottom fish, like Alaska Halibut.

We catch huge halibut here as opposed to what they catch in other parts of Alaska. We have often said the next world record would come from here and two summers ago what would have been a world record had it been handled correctly, was caught here. A 482 lb monster.

Veteran saltwater anglers fish with us each year because of the sheer number and variety of sport fish we have.

Fishing at this Alaska fishing lodge is also ideal for spouses or non-anglers who want to indulge in Alaska sport fishing for the first time. We’re also the destination of choice for the angler or non-angler who wants to take home a sampling of fresh Alaska seafood to share with family and friends.

Geography is another reason that makes this area a top choice for salmon. Icy Strait is a funnel through which all halibut and salmon bound for inside waters must pass. Unlike some of the more popular areas of Alaska, Gustavus halibut anglers appreciate our shallow-water fishing of 90 to 180 feet, and very limited competition. We can reach the bottom with either lightweight or heavyweight tackle…and very little lead. Salmon migrate by the tens of thousands through our straits and bays, creating a concentration of fish that must be seen to be believed. Unlike the glacially tinted waters of other areas in Alaska, much of the water we fish is clear. You can see the Alaska Salmon (King and Coho Salmon) fight with power, oftentimes surging after the bait.

Our staff is ready to accommodate you in comfort and safety. Contact us at 480-725-1494 or use our online reservation inquiry form for more information. We have a number of Alaska fishing packages available.

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Wife doesn’t like to fish as much as you?

Bring your wife and another couple who are in the same boat. (no pun intended) Fish for two days together. The scenery and the whales are in such abundance that even non-fishermen enjoy the experience. Since these are inland waters the wives won’t get seasick and if the weather is a little wet they can curl up on a bench in the warm cabin and enjoy a good book while you are bringing home the bacon, (halibut). Perhaps on the third day while the fisherman fish, the non-anglers could take in a half day whale watching tour and spend the other half day exploring the local shops and art galleries or just relax back at the lodge on the deck, get a massage, and soak in the hot tub. The fourth day you could all go on the Glacier Bay Day Tour and take in the beautiful scenery of the area.

The Glacier Bay Country Inn provides you with excellent accommodations, services, outstanding food and continues to be the Top Rated Lodge & Restaurant in the area.

Single Day Saltwater Fishing Tour

Location: Icy Straits and Outer Coast of Southeast Alaska depending on time of year and fish species.
Duration: 8-9 hours
Highlights: Fishing for some of the best halibut, salmon, ling cod, and rockfish with the potential to catch a record fish at any time.

Trip Summary: Spend the day with some of the best fishing guides that Alaska has to offer. Discuss with your captain which kind of fish you want to go after and he’ll take you to the best spots to fish. Perhaps you’ll start the day catching King Salmon and then catch your limit of halibut before returning home. Or maybe you’ll spend the whole day halibut fishing, trying to bring in that record-breaking halibut. The options are many and it’s up to you, our captains will do their best to accommodate the day or week to your preferences. Glacier Bay and Icy Strait possess all the best attributes of saltwater big game fishing.

Price: $500 per person for groups up to 4 | $450 per person for groups of 5-6

(Single day fishing price does not include fish processing and license, although all fishing packages we offer do include these.)

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