Here at Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge, we do things differently than other lodges in Sitka, we offer our clients the ability to book fully guided and self-guided fishing trips.

Self-Guided Trips

Taking place inside the protected waters of Sitka Sound, the water inside the sound are closed to guided charter boats. Self-guided fisherman can catch all 5 species of salmon in addition to halibut and rockfish. Sitka Sound is a huge body of water that our self-guided fisherman have access to, at certain times of year you can catch fish right off the dock other times you may have to travel further away from the lodge to find the better salmon fishing. Halibut and rockfish can also be found throughout the sound.

Our self-guided boats are 18-20 foot covered and have windshields, they can fish up to 4 fishermen comfortably. All the boats have all necessary fishing gear, tackle, electronics, and safety equipment. All boats have a full tank of gas prior to you starting your fishing adventure*. Customers are responsible for maintaining fuel during their trip and also returning the boat with a full tank of fuel at the end of their trip. There is a fuel depot 3 miles from the lodge.

Guided Trips

The boats range from 24-30 foot in length, they all have enclosed cabins and interior seating for a comfortable trip to the fishing grounds. All captains are licensed by the state of Alaska and certified by the USCG. The boats are equipped with the latest fishing gear, electronics, and safety equipment. These trips are generally 10 hours in length. You will be fishing for Salmon, Halibut, and Rockfish. The captain will decide what technique they will be using on that particular day. For Salmon, you will either be trolling, mooching or jigging. Once you have limited out on kings and silvers the captain will take you to one of his favorite Halibut holes. There you will be bottom fishing at depths from 200-400 feet. Most of the time the captain will use bait for Halibut fishing. The scent of the bait drifts through the currents and attracts the Halibut to your line.

Crab And Shrimp Pots

For our guest that want to try their hand at setting and pulling crab and shrimp pots, we will be more than happy to provide them with the necessary gear to set pots for Dungeness crab and giant Alaskan Prawns.

Fish Types

King Salmon (Chinook):

Kings are the largest of the salmon species, fish over 40-50 pounds are not uncommon in Sitka waters, 25-35 pound fish being the norm. Deep cold water close to the coast line and the incredible number of bait fish draws large numbers of kings to the Sitka waters. These two factors also keep King Salmon here for a majority of the summer, May and June being the peak then late into August the numbers will slowly decline. Trolling, mooching and jigging are the fishing techniques that your captain will utilize.

Silver Salmon (Coho):

Silvers start to appear in the Sitka waters in early July, numbers will increase throughout the month with fishing being excellent through august and most of September, 8-12 pound silvers are common early in the season as they feed heavily on bait fish 15-20 pounders are not uncommon. The last week of September and the beginning of October silvers will start to move into the bays as they get ready to start their spawning run into the rivers around Sitka.


Once again the geology of Sitkas coastline makes it a prime location for halibut fishing. Deep nutrient coastal waters and close proximity to spawning grounds draws large numbers of halibut to Sitka waters. 25-60 pound halibut are regularly caught (best eating size), some real barn door halibut are also caught each year going well over 200 pounds.

Rockfish, Lingcod, and Yellow Eye:

We also offer our guest the opportunity to fish for rockfish/yellow eye/lingcod. If you would like to target these fish we would be happy to take you to the areas that would be productive. Both rockfish, yellow eye and lingcod are excellent table fare.

If you would like to know more about our fishing opportunities or to book your trip, get in touch with us today.

*Customers are responsible for maintaining fuel during their trip and also returning the boat with full tank of fuel at the end of their trip.  There is a fuel depot 3 miles from the lodge.