Going Fishing In Alaska on Kodiak Island, The Inside Passage Or British Columbia. Getting There And Back

There is an allure that cannot be explained when you hear the words Alaska and the Great Northwest. When I meet people and say I am going fishing in Alaska, nearly everyone says, “That is on my list!”

Woman standing on dock with halibut going fishing in Alaska

Lisa’s 150 pound halibut caught in 65 feet of water at Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge

Everyone wants to go fishing in Alaska. Not to be out done, our friends in British Columbia take pride in one of the best places in the world to go fishing.

This article is the first in a series describing what you need to travel to a luxurious fishing lodge and go fishing. We also provide information about luxury fishing lodges we recommend. Getting to there and back includes:

  • Outfitting for Alaska – your packing list before you leave
  • Air travel to Alaska and the Great Northwest
  • The Places and the People
    • Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge
    • Glacier Bay’s Bear Track Inn
    • Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge
    • British Columbia lodges
  • Arrival at your Lodge
  • Your First Day Fishing
  • On the Water—Bears, Whales, Wildlife and the Fish
  • Traveling with Your Catch
  • Departure and Getting Home
Man standing on a dock holding a King Salmon going fishing in Alaska

Bill Montgomery with a great King Salmon caught in Alaska

Going Fishing in Alaska on Kodiak And The Inside Passage—Why Did We Go There?

For many years we have been going fishing in Alaska and the Great Northwest. Obviously we wanted to go fishing and catch big fish but we wanted something more. We wanted to see a country that few people have seen. We wanted the experience of a remote place that was off the beaten path. We wanted a rare, remote, and adventurous experience with shared memories and stories we would tell for the rest of our lives. These are lands where you go fishing and come back with much more. Some of the best times of our lives together have happened being on a fishing boat. Nothing is better than to go fishing as a family. Second best is sharing the experience with your friends. Fishing stories are the best stories and everyone has a good one!

Coming To Alaska And The Great Northwest Can Be Complicated And We Are Here To Help

Lisa and I (husband, Bill) and our twin daughters, Alex and Erin, were guests of Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge in 2002. We have been going fishing in Alaska, the Northwest and Central America many years. We enjoy fishing so much it has become our lifetime passion and business. Lisa became a luxury travel and fishing expert because of her deep belief that we need to reconnect to nature, our families and ourselves. While Lisa is an expert for all of the luxury fishing lodges we represent, Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge is her featured lodge. Lisa provides travel services to high-end Lodge guests as part of their vacation package.

Man holding fishing pole on boat with daugher going fishing in Alaska

Bill and Erin fishing for halibut at Kodiak Sportsman’s Lodge in Old Harbor, AK

Is There A Bathroom On An Alaskan Fishing Boat?

Many things that turn out wonderfully start slowly and so did our family’s first fishing vacation. Three years earlier, Lisa and I had gone on an Alaska cruise and had a wonderful time. Some friends asked me if I would be interested in going fishing in Alaska. I wanted us all to go and had a family meeting to sell the idea. With that said, I can never resist a chance to “poke the snake with a stick” as Lisa calls it.   I was not ready for Lisa’s first question about going fishing in Alaska, “So is there a bathroom on the fishing boat?” “Sort of,” I said. “These are large, flat bottom fishing boats and there is a bucket and a large tarp at the back. People just hold the tarp over you—everyone does it so it is no big deal.” This response was met with the usual looks—does he really think we are this gullible but could it be….. I wanted us all to go fishing but I held it together until we actually got to the boat the first morning where I was justly chastised.

We went through brochures and immediately Erin was all in. Mom was at the opposite end thinking she and Alex should do their vacation and Erin and I could go fishing in Alaska. I continued my lobbying efforts and before long, Alex was up to go fishing on Kodiak. I found out later that Lisa had played her last card. She and Alex would go to the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego and have a different sea world vacation. Alex had said she wanted to go fishing on Kodiak with Erin and Dad. The girls put the pressure on Mom and she reluctantly came on board. Little did I know how that decision would change our lives.

Since then, our family has gone many luxurious places to go fishing. Our daughter Erin lives in Hawaii and spent five years as a stewardess on luxury yachts traveling the Caribbean and Europe. Alex married her college sweetheart and they spent their honeymoon in Belize this past March. We are all “experiential travelers” wanting to go where few travel and there no paths to follow.

Family on a boat with guide going fishing in Alaska

Montgomery family with Head Guide Conrad Peterson enjoy their last day on the boat.

What Are You Waiting For?

Going fishing in Alaska and the Great Northwest is a “National Geographic” vacation of a life time. This is the high end trip you have been talking and dreaming about for a long time. Call your luxury fishing expert Lisa at 1-855-711-7773 or complete a request on our contact page.

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