Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge Blog
Self-guided fishing in Alaska isn't for everyone. However, if you're either very familiar with the territory or have gained expert-level knowledge elsewhere, you may prefer to go without enlisting a guide. There are certainly advantages to both, but knowing these advantages might not be obvious. Alaska's Big Salmon Lodge isn't your typical Alaskan fishing lodge, and as such, offers both guided and self-guided fishing charters. To help show you the benefits of self-guided fishing in Sitka, we've put together a brief guide to help make your decision.
Fishing and catching fish are two different things when you think about it. You can go out looking for fish to find, but catching one on your own isn’t guaranteed. Presentations, baits, and techniques that have been effective before can leave you with a pile of weeds and nothing to show for your efforts on your next outing. Being in unfamiliar territory or new waters will only add to your uncertainty. That is why it is highly recommended to evaluate and assess Alaska fishing guides before making the journey.
The excitement of Alaska salmon season is underway as anglers from all over the world clamor in search of the Pacific Northwest’s five highly coveted native species. For many fishermen and women, Sitka, Alaska, has become synonymous with salmon. From the many Sitka fishing guides and sport anglers to the commercial fleets that move in and out of the local harbors, anyone fortunate enough to have experienced salmon fishing in Alaska will tell you of the exhilaration associated with landing one of these amazing sportfish.
As much as we love it, there is more to do than halibut fishing in Sitka, Alaska. One of the best components of staying at Alaska's Big Salmon Lodge is our proximity to one of Alaska's most recognized cities. As travelers, one of the metrics we use to gauge a locale is it's food offerings. We encourage you to take a day off from fishing and visit some of our favorite restaurants in Sitka.
Since Sitka offers some of the highest catch rates in Alaska, acquiring salmon isn’t the hard part; it’s deciding what to do with it once it’s in your freezer. Many people will simply heat it and eat it, but considering how much salmon you’ll be bringing home, you might want to get creative. Here we offer four of our favorite Alaskan salmon recipes to give you an idea of what you can do beyond just throwing the filets on the grill or in the oven.
It’s no secret that Alaska is one of the best places to see northern lights. Travelers come from all over the world to see Sitka’s northern lights dance across the sky. Luckily, when staying at Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge, you’ll be located near the best spots for northern lights viewing. Before you speed off to catch the Aurora Borealis, set yourself up for success for our staff’s following tips. Best Time to See Northern Lights in Alaska The best time to see northern lights is usually mid-September and late April. But the northern lights viewing peak is in March because [...]
Few experiences compare to the feeling of seeing whales in Alaska for the first time. Maybe it’s because you grew up watching National Geographic. Or perhaps it’s because Alaskan whales are bigger than the average school bus. Regardless, whale watching in Alaska isn’t an encounter that’s available every day. Whether you’re whale watching from the comfort of a boat or just off the shore, whale watching in Alaska is always an exciting adventure. To see these friendly giants for yourself, add whale watching trips to your list of things to do in Sitka, Alaska. Alaska Whale Watching Season While there [...]
We may have just turned the page to 2020, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not already daydreaming of trolling in the secluded, protected waters of Sitka Sound. Not only is Middle Island surrounded by a shimmering, azure blue ocean and nearby misty mountains, but the underwater creatures found in these parts are wily, sizable, and abundant. Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge is the newest all-inclusive fishing option in Southeast Alaska. We offer newly-renovated lodging, top-of-the-line culinary treats, and, of course, self-guided Sitka Alaska fishing charters. Whether you’re a skilled angler looking for the challenge of a lifetime or a beginner [...]
Saltwater king salmon, known as chinook salmon, have two significant runs in Alaska. The first run is around May 15 - June 30, and the second run is around July 1 - 31. Since these mighty fish are known for their power and endurance, chinook salmon are an angler’s most desirable catch. Plan for this year’s Alaska king salmon season to ensure a successful fishing trip, both in and out of the boat! 4:45 a.m. Beep! Beep! Beep! It’s time to wake up and have an exciting day in Sitka, Alaska. 5:15 a.m. After slipping into your fishing attire, make [...]
The average workday is full of enough hustle and bustle, so vacations should be a time to recharge your battery. Alaska is the perfect place to escape reality and bask in the world’s natural beauty. When explaining to your loved ones why vacations are important, use our Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge list for help! You’ll want to come and see all that Alaska has to offer for yourself. Alaska is a Natural Beauty While there are several beautiful destinations to visit around the world, Alaska is one of the few states in the U.S that has unoccupied land. Alaska is [...]