Fishing in petersburg alaska

Old 02-05-2011, 06:01 PM
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I need advise on the fishing in Petersburg alaska ,lodges ,seasons ,gear ,and any detail that can make my trip a success. Thank you guys
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You might try asking in the Alaska Outdoors Forums, under Alaska Saltwater Fishing.

Provide more information: when and for how long you might be there, what kind of fishing you are looking for (rivers vs ocean, salmon vs halibut), are you staying in Petersburg specifically vs somewhere in the vicinity, do you want sightseeing (glaciers for instance) in the same trip or just fishing, etc - and folks will find it easier to provide useful responses.

Off the top I'd figure the season is May through maybe mid-September, depending somewhat on exactly where you go. We fish from our boat, so I don't know the lodges at all.
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Been to Petersburg twice, first in 07 and again last summer. Both times we stayed and fished out of Rocky Point Resort. They have a very nice quiet resort, cater to a max of about 30 folks at a time and serve meals that make up for the rain and any lulls you might hit in the fishing. The first trip was arranged by my wife to surprise me for our 20th wedding anniversary and she had a blast. This past year was a boys trip and the second time there for two in the group. We made both of our trips in the 3rd week of June in order to target the Chinook, a smattering of early Silvers and of course, the Halibut.

They provide a 16' alum Northriver skiff w/ a 40HP Yamaha to each cabin, plus they have 3 nice large guide boats you can charter for extra $ on a daily basis. Using the small boats on your own, you will be fishing the Wrangell Narrows out to the Sumner Straight area. We did most of our salmon fishing, w/ the time split pretty evenly, in the narrows and out in straight off the beach of Zarembo Island. We did really well in both places. We had one spectacular halibut day, with the largest in the boat at 220 lbs and the smallest 97 lbs. We shared the guided boat with one other fisherman, so we could take 4 total halibut. The other two tagged that day were 120 and 131. While we were there, a long time 81 year old customer caught a 287 + lb halibut on his birthday. (Picture is in their gallery on the web page) Lots of Chinooks get caught right in front of the lodge and it makes great entertainment to cheer fisherman on in the late evening hours. Remember, that late in June it only gets totally dark for about 3 hours a night, so your fishing days can be very long if you want. We started one morning at 0300 and had bait in the water in full light at 0315 AM.

The three of us split our catch, which the staff professionally cleans, cuts, wraps, marks and quick freezes. They have air cargo containers and pack the fish to your specifications. Each of us brought back 246 lbs of fish for 5 days fishing. That didn't count a couple of salmon and a hali we gave the lodge to have cooked fresh for dinner one night for everyone there.

Cabins are cozy, lots of hot water and a great view. No smoking in the cabins, but each has a comfy front porch or you can walk the grounds. Each cabin has a small gas heater, a small fridge and shoe/boot dryer. Bring your own booze or ask to stop in town to buy some locally when they pick you up at the airport. They provide all the pop, bottled water and milk you could think of drinking, as well as coffee and the makings for different teas on all day long. The lodge provides three scheduled meals a day from a set menu, but their self serve fridges and tables are always pretty much filled with sandwiches, snacks, cookies, large cinnamon rolls and other fine eats. There are small coolers, thermos' and ice to pack your days lunch in. Sue (owner) runs a fantastic kitchen, complete w/ some of the best bakery items I have ever eaten. (Leave your diet at home)

They provide all the bait, both frozen and fresh, for both salmon and halibut fishing. They provide salmon and hali rods, with basic tackle, but we took all our own this past summer. They have a selection of rain gear, including boots, if you don't want to pack your own.

Their skiffs are cleaned and gassed each time you come in. We tend to want to clean up after ourselves, ie the litter from the boat and pack our own fish up the docks to the cleaning tables, but if Walt (owner) catches you doing it, he will remind you that you are his guest and on vacation and you are to leave that kind of work to his staff. I like his attitude, but it is kinda hard as a long time boat owner to not take care of the equipment. We made a game of getting our fish up to the cleaning tables without being caught by the staff and they were very good natured about it.

There is no TV and limited WIFI near the main lodge building. Cell service at the lodge is iffy at best if you are a Verizon customer. You are several miles out of town, but there isn't a whole lot to do in Petersburg anyway, so that has never been an issue with us.

Rocky Point will be at the Portland, Oregon Sportsman Show this coming week, where I will be putting $ down on reservations for June 2012 in order to surprise my wife this time for our 25th wedding anniversary.

I am in no way associated with Rocky Point, but Walt, Sue and their staff have made us friends for life.

Hope this helps. Tom

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