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El Capitan Lodge

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El Capitan Lodge
  • Approximate Cost:
    4 - 5 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
    2 - 3 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing Saltwater Fishing

El Capitan Lodge is based out of Craig, Alaska. Guests of the Lodge fly into Ketchikan and overnight at Cape Fox Lodge and the fly by seaplane to the El Capitan Lodge. The only way to the lodge is by float plane or by boat, and the local wildlife provide plenty of viewing opportunities. 20 guests is the maximum number to make a full house at El Capitan Lodge. The lodge includes a bar and recreation room that includes a pool table, card tables, and satellite TV. Expect wonderful meals and a beautiful setting.

Fishing Southeastern Alaska

The local area is prime with King Salmon, Silver Salmon, and Pacific Halibut. Most people come to Alaska to fish for the King Salmon, and why not? The record here is 126 pounds for a sport-caught King. As exciting as that sounds, it is the Pacific Halibut that wow guests. The record for sports-caught Halibut is 459 pounds. Yep! We call those barn doors if they weigh over 100 pounds and Chickens if they weigh less than 100 pounds. Barn doors or chickens, both are good eating. The local spot to troll is Sea Otter Cove, and that is where the Kings, Silver, and Halibut are found.

Halibut and Salmon have an odd relationship. The Halibut love Salmon heads. So if you have been out fishing and caught a salmon or ten, save the heads. They make excellent bait for Halibut. What should you expect fishing in Southeast Alaska? 10-20 pound Kings are common and a 50 pound King is a possibility. The Rock Fish here though are big, and you should try for some of those monster Ling Cod. For Halibut expect 25-40-pound fish with the potential of battling a Barn Door.

When to Come for What Kind of Fish

- The King Salmon are in peak season from mid-May through Mid-July.
- The Silver Salmon Peak from July- mid-September
- The Halibut are around year round
- The Rock Fish are also available year round

One of the pluses of fishing in the Southeastern part of Alaska are the many bays and coves that offer protected fishing from storms. While Alaska is full of turbulent weather, the Southeastern section has protection from the sounds and islands, so the water here is usually calm.

While the lodge is primarily a saltwater fishing lodge, they are capable of making freshwater fishing arrangements. The lodge also processes your daily catch and freezes it in Wet-Lock boxes, which are airport approved.

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5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 12, 2023
  • Have done almost 30 years at El Capitan Lodge. No complaints about the food, accommodations, staff and fishing. Experienced captains are very good. You are treated as friends, nothing else matters to...
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The beauty of Alaska at its absolute best.
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Reviewed By on August 10, 2023
  • El Capitan is organized, professional perfection. The entire staff is top notch, always smiling. The lodge itself is beautiful and immaculate, set in the amazing beauty of Prince of Wales Island. A...
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wonderful fishing with friends and my sons
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 24, 2018
  • could not imagine being in a better location with a wonderful staff to take care of fishing, eating, and just being. We love the flight over, the food is wonderful, great bar, they find the fish and...
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