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Cedars Lodge

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Cedars Lodge
  • Approximate Cost:
    4 - 5 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $2,000 to $3,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing

The Cedars Lodge sits dockside in Ketchikan, Alaska and is part of a trio of fishing lodges that Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions offers to fishermen. Unlike many lodges, the Cedars Lodge is set up with a choice between rooms and suites. Expect comfortable beds, separate sitting areas, dining room, a kitchenette, Cable TV, and a Jacuzzi in the deluxe room. They offer Deluxe, Standard, and Economy Rooms.

Fishing with Cedars Lodge

The waters around Ketchikan are home to some amazing fishing. First, all five species of Pacific Salmon range along these waters. This is also an excellent spot to fish for Pacific Halibut. In fact, the fishing expeditions are for both Salmon and Halibut in the same trip. This is a guided fishing lodge that maintains the best fishing charters in Ketchikan. Local charters from reputable captains who know the layout of the undersea structures and where the fish are. The weather in Ketchikan can be unreasonable, so there is a chance that you will not be able to fish.

This is a guided saltwater or guided freshwater fishing lodge. As such, guests can target freshwater species such as Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden, Rainbow Trout, Silver Salmon, and Pink Salmon.

The Fish, The Fishermen, and the Trophies

There are two important things to consider when planning your trip. The first is that the local waters always have Salmon and Halibut. The second is that during certain times of the late spring and early summer, the Salmon tend to congregate closer to shore as they gorge and prepare to enter a freshwater stream. The best months for saltwater salmon fishing is May, June, and July, with June being a heavy month as Sockeye Salmon present in large numbers.

A good time for King Salmon is May and into June as the massive Kings are feeding and heading upstream.

The Pink Salmon which is one of the most commercially processed salmon only spawn in the even number years. During the odd numbered years expect to find plenty of pink salmon available.

The Pacific Halibut are here year round, but they share a special relationship with the salmon. The Halibut love to eat salmon if they can catch them, so when the salmon begin to mass, the big Halibut come looking for dinner. You might ask your charter how they fish for Halibut. Some trawl for it, while others chum. If you have had a successful salmon trip, use the heads for chum. Halibut have a special love of salmon heads. We should mention that if you are not familiar with Halibut, they get huge. The record for sports fishing for halibut is nearly 500 pounds.

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4.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on June 20, 2021
  • When you fish with Baranof Excursions, they don't have a scale in their marina so you really can only guess the weight of your catch (which is not marked) and they use Cedars Lodge as their...
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Not receiving proper amount of fish after being processed
1.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 29, 2020
  • Do not use cedars lodge for your fish processing you will be shorted, Turned in a minimum of 80 pounds Pacific Cod and got back 9. Unfortunately we did not weigh our catch as it was delivered through...
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Ketchikan: The final frontier This is a voyage of Hovercraft, BlackBird X
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 29, 2018
  • We were traveling through the Inside Passage on the Disney Wonder, and we were blessed to have met Captain Kirk and Captain Tom at the Cedar Lodge. At Berth 3, we stumbled upon the great sea bird...
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