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Alaska Prince Of Wales Island DIY Fishing & Hunting #17

Alaska Prince Of Wales Island DIY Fishing & Hunting #17

“Butch- just re-book me on this fishing trip every year — for the rest of my life!” Dave Crispens

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Prince of Wales Island is a pristine sportsman’s paradise in southeast Alaska. It is reached via a half hour floatplane ride from Ketchikan, or by ferry. A fisherman could fish his whole life here and never begin to sample all the opportunities. The options and variety are truly mind boggling. Rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, bays- the list is a long one and hundreds of miles of inland and Ocean water await you. We have been to this location six times and plan to keep returning. OOOPS – make that 7 times as Joan and I just spent our 49th anniversary there, fishing with 6 good friends in Aug 2014.On our three best days, we probably caught 12 to 20 pink salmon per person per hour! In other words we fought 3 to 6 pound fish most of each hour! Sore arms and wrists. Then switch to silvers for 7 to 14 pounders, then pull the crab and shrimp pots to eat! Tough life!

A hunter could also spend his entire life here too, and never begin to touch all the opportunities.  This is a hunter’s nirvana; the limit is FOUR Sitka black tail deer and you can also hunt for the giant Island Class of black bear. The bears here equal those on Vancouver Island, but you pay 1/5th or less to hunt them here! So, if you can put the fishing rod down, the hunting is spectacular. Very unpopulated Island, the second biggest in the US, 150 miles long and 50 miles wide, and you’re rarely are in competition with others and quite often you’ll never see another human. Also no brown bears, so no threats to your well being, which is a plus.

If you take the 25 minute bush plane flight to the Island from Ketchikan, (which is the route most clients prefer), you’ll will land at the dock, be met and be escorted to your cabin, along with your luggage. The cabins(really they are much more like nice apartments) are just  five minutes away. It doesn’t get any easier. You are briefed during an orientation, given maps, a detailed list of places and directions to fish, are loaned a vehicle for your use and provided with a boat and motor and crab traps and shrimp pots.. All you pay for is the gas. Dungeness crab makes a wonderful dinner!

Buy your food on arrival. There’s a store within a 5 minute drive, although there is a much larger grocery store in Klawock with better pricing (near Craig). The dock where your boat is moored is within walking distance, too. Your reservation includes lodging, a 4 wd vehicle, a boat, a boat trailer, a fish-finder with chart plotter, crab pots and maps- all for a very reasonable price. Hunt and/or fish to your hearts content! WE have brought back 100 pounds of delicious halibut on our  trip. Halibut currently sells for $19 – $25 per pound! That $1,900 worth of halibut paid for the trip! And this doesn’t count the awesome seafood consumed on premises. Our friends brought back 40 pounds of smoked salmon, and about 60 pounds of salmon and halibut and crab and shrimp each! The lodging is first class, very nice, clean and comfortable. The layout includes a covered front porch, kitchen area, living room area, separate bedrooms (two-bedroom units per cabin) and a private bathroom. There are 9 units in all.

NOTICE: ALASKA DOUBLED ALL ITS LICENSE AND TAG FEES EFFECTIVE FOR 2017. BE SURE TO CHECK.

Other amenities included with these packages are:

Full Kitchen

Range with oven

Full size refrigerator

Microwave

Coffee Maker

Toaster

Pots & Pans, crockery, etc.

Slow Cooker

Entertainment

TV with DVD player

DVD Collection

Lounge with Pool Table

Communications

Computer for guest use

Wireless broadband internet

Unlimited long distance phone calls (Verizon cell phones work)

Additional Features

Private Hot tub

Gas BBQ Grill

Full Laundry

Covered Patio Decks

On site Tackle Shop

Ice Machine

Fish cleaning & packaging room

Freezer space

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Equipment

  • Crab Pots   Shrimp Pots
  • Fish smoker
  • Rods and reels are free for your use- replace what you lose or break- honor system.
  • Vehicles – 4 door truck or S.U.V. seating for at least six – one per cabin
  • 16′ canoes (some double enders, some square stern with motor)
  • your own 16ft boat with: 25HP electric start 4 stroke motor, rod holders, fish finder, GPS with Chart plotter, downriggers, gaff and net – one boat per cabin.
  • Full bar b cue facility and also a hot tub!

NEW BOAT UPGRADE AVAILABLE:

These well-built 19-foot welded, aluminum boats are outfitted with GPS Chartplotter, Sonar/Fishfinder, VHF Radio, electric crab and shrimp pot puller, rod holders, electric downriggers, covered seating for minimum of four. This quality Duckworth is powered by a 115HP four-stroke outboard motor and reliable 15-hp kicker.The North River boat is powered by 200-hp Sport Jet inboard motor and 8-hp kicker.

These boats have a greater range than the skiffs and will expand your fishing territory and providing cover from the elements for a more comfortable fishing day. Either one of these boats can be added to a package for $2000.00 per week in lieu of having a skiff.  That is just $500/man for a party of 4.

 

There are now also available a 21 foot and a 23’ boat. The 21 foot boat  as part of your package costs $2000 (so about $500 per person assuming a party of 4. The 23 foot is the same $2000 upgrade. Here is its equipment list.

  • Northriver 23′ Seahawk
  • Powered by a 225HP Yamaha 4 stroke main
  • 8HP Yamaha 4 stroke kicker, power tilt and trim
  • Trim Tabs
  • GPS Chartplotter
  • Sonar / Fishfinder
  • VHF Radio for marine weather reports & Safety
  • Electric pot puller for crab and shrimp pots
  • Rod Holders
  • Electric downriggers
  • Covered seating easily accommodates six people
  • Two Mariner suspension seats with heavy-duty swivels
  • Two 36″ Bench seats with storage under each
  • Large in floor fish box

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SALMON/TROUT/HALIBUT:

It is common to stand on a bridge in July and August, look over the side and see thousands of salmon! If you don’t see fish, move! If the fish are non-responsive- move upstream or down or try another stream!

Freshwater species include steelhead, silver (Coho) salmon, chum, pink, sockeye salmon, dolly varden and cutthroat trout. Salt water species include halibut, king (Chinook) salmon (June and July), silvers and pinks (July-Sept), ling cod, yellow eyed rockfish, black rockfish, regular codfish and much more. In general, salmon fishing starts in saltwater in May and June, then moves into the streams as the season progresses.But salt water produces all season long.

SILVERS – (Coho) are best in August and Sept, but we know of a secret place we will share if you where there are huge runs of feisty silvers in July! One of our all time favorites, especially for less experienced stream anglers, is the pink salmon that run beginning July through August. Catching 50-100 pink salmon of 3 to 6 pounds in a day on light tackle is routine! Silvers are available on the north end of the island at the same time. Sockeyes run in June and July
CHUM- salmon are available from mid-July thru August. Halibut is best from May to September and trout are waiting almost anytime

SOCKEYE – Sockeye are a blast and they are there from early June- early July, however they are tough to catch in the Thorne, The best streams for fishing them are not as easy to access as the lower Thorne so I like to throw in that disclaimer. We usually fly fish for them and they do bite (most people in other places floss them- floating hooks into their mouths as they breathe…a form of cheating to a purist) That being said a day fishing them is one to remember and I would focus on the first week or two of July that way you can add some other species for a variety. This way you do not have to access the tougher rivers every day….. you can mix it up with some easier access places as well. I highly recommend a guide for the Sockeye as well at least for the first day. Guides might want to take people in via canoe so you can get to some great places higher up the river. There are some other rivers that are great for sockeye as well.

SILVERS – Silvers in the salt water is good the beginning of July. NECK LAKE RUN OF SILVERS – June until mid-August. This is up near Whale Pass.and can have wonderful silver fishing.

KINGS- Do not generally run the POW rivers, so you fish them in salt. Prime time is late June and July..

You can easily combine spring bear hunting with steelhead and trout fishing. In the fall, add salmon, trout, steelhead and deer (deer opens Aug. 15; Sept. 1 for bear) to the fishing.

The housing accommodations are very clean, modern and are comfortable condo type set-ups with one or two bedrooms and individual bathrooms for each unit.

Just to give you an idea of the fishing, in August 2005 Butch and Joan and three other couples fished here. They took a charter the first day with our favorite skipper based from the Lodge. The group boated 250 pounds of halibut in a half day of fishing! Best was a 105-pound brute landed by Butch. Next day, Butch and several others stream fished. Once the right combination was found, they caught about 20 pink salmon per angler per hour on light fly tackle! They repeated that every day! Silvers required you to work a bit more, but once you found the right combination and drift they were equally cooperative. The other half of the party jumped in the new 16-foot Lunds powered by smooth-running 25-hp Yamaha four-strokes, sped out to the saltwater and caught halibut, lingcod, rockfish, silvers and pinks. Then it was time to pull the shrimp pots. With each lift we were rewarded with 10 – 15 pounds of giant shrimp that made for incredible hors devours for the night’s meal. The crab pots were equally full. The first night’s menu included fried halibut soaked in beer and rolled in pancake mix. The next night was fresh salmon. Salmon were on the menu next night too with an appetizer of boiled shrimp. Lastly, Dungeness crab dipped in butter completed our seafood binge. It doesn’t get any better! We repeated this in 2014 on our most recent trip there!

Butch videoed thousands of spawning salmon cruising under bridge and there wasn’t a one person fishing! From past trips, we know that are many secluded ponds within a short hike that are teaming with a variety of trout. All this can be had for well under $1000 per person! Unbelievable! If kings are your target of choice, target the saltwater in June and July. Call Butch for his tackle suggestions. All this with a backdrop of gorgeous sea side and mountain scenery. On return trips in August of 2007 and 2009, the results were similar and Butch discovered some new silver salmon streams with so many fish you could almost walk across the river on them.                                                        

  OTHER INFO/FEATURES

There is also a hot tub with adjacent bar-b-cue at the main lodge. There is a common area for use by large groups for socializing and cookouts. There are crab boilers and a bar-b-cue. Recently they have added laundry facilities to each unit of sufficient size to allow them. Clothing wise, expect temperatures from 50 to 70 degrees. Two sets of shirts and pants will do, along with a good set of rain gear and a warm sweater and/or jacket. A small tackle shop is available at the lodge complete with free use of about 20 freshwater spinning rods and a similar number of saltwater rods and some downrigger rods. Pay only for tackle lost or used up. An honor system applies in the tackle shop- just write it down, settle up at the end! Wonderful.

The lodge has meat and fish processing and freezing facilities including stainless and fiiberglass counters. Freezing and vacuum packing can be provided for about a dollar tp $1.50 per pound ( or bring your own sealer). Or they will simply freeze it to save you a few bucks.. A fish smoker is available also. Advice is free, just walk over to the main lodge and ask. Guides for stream or charter-boat fishing are available on request, but be sure to reserve their  services well in advance of when you’ll need them.

You may want to add a charter for salt-water fishing  for a day. The cost is approximately $1,100 per day, which is very affordable when split among four anglers. Taking home 30 to 50 pounds of fresh halibut filletsand tasty rockfish is a real treat that you’ll be able to savor for months after your trip. (The halibut limit is one fish per person when on a charter, but two if you fish from your own boat. You will also catch cod, various rockfish and lingcod, a ferocious fighter that grows to 50 pounds.)

It’s a given that you’ll see seals, killer whales, sea otters, bald eagles and snow-covered mountains. Based along the famed Inside Passage, this is some of the world’s most scenic country. An unbeatable experience! We also suggest you consider adding extra days. The cost is negligible and once you’re there you’ll want to extend your visit. Personally, we prefer at least seven nights and six days and even then, a week seems to fly by.

See Dave C’s fishing trip pix – August 2014::    http://picasaweb.google.com/hokiephotos                                                       

THE HUNTING:

ISLAND BLACK BEARS:  (this is the new classification by SCI due to their huge sizes) No brown bear exist on this island- so safety is not a real issue.

Joan took a 7’2” black bear here in May of ’98. And a number of our DIY clients here have also taken giant 7 footers. POW is home to an enormous population of “ISLAND BLACK BEARS”.  SCI established this new category- Island Black Bears, because Vancouver Island and POW Island bears average so much larger than most BLACKIES! BUT- if you go to Vancouver Island, a guided Island black bear hunt is $6500 and UP!  Go TO POW for 80% less then that!!! They avoid roads but you likely will see some while driving. Butch saw 6 in Aug of 2014 on his trip there.

Many Pope and Young bears are taken here and seven-foot B&C bears are regularly taken, especially with a little extra effort.  Even 8 footers happen. Several authorities have said it this Island has the largest black bear population in the US.  Sightings of both bear and Sitka blacktails are commonplace while driving and fishing. Best bear hunting requires some effort to get off the beaten path- and boating to an area and then walking the hundreds of miles of old roads is good! You can hunt Spring or Fall.  Spring bear is nearly 100% opportunity -fall varies from 60-90%, but fall also has awesome fishing. YOU MUST APPLY ON LINE FOR BEAR PERMITS! APPLY BETWEEN Nov 1 and Dec 17. The island is Part of Unit 2 for application purposes. SEE: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/license/huntlicense/pdfs/2013-2014_draw_supplement.pdf

THE NEW BEAR RULES: Our understanding, but check the regs, is that you can again hunt using vehicles, but now you must draw a bear tag. We think odds of drawing are very high. If in doubt on how to apply or proceed call ADFG.

The Alaska Fish & Game’s   Drawing  Permit Hunt Supplement  states that the POW bear hunts  (POW Bear Hunt DL027 –sept-dec;  and DL028 – jan 1-june 30)) will be a draw for both Spring and Fall in 2013/14. In Unit 2 there are 80 permits available for 2014 Spring Black Bear (Jan 01 – Jun 30 time period) and 30 permits for 2013 Fall Black Bears (Sept 01 -Dec 31). Rhonda at Alaska Dept of Wildlife Conservation in Craig (907) 826-2561 says DL027 refers to the Fall 2013 hunt. AND DL028 refers to the Spring hunt.

BEAR Application period is Nov 01, – Dec 17, roughly!! – with draw results @ end of Feb. Permits are normally sent out in JULY!  That means if you want to hunt spring bear you would apply over a year in advance- so for a 2014 Spring bear hunt you apply in Nov/DEC  of 2012. If you miss that, then call Craig and ask about leftover tags. (Rhonda at Alaska Dept of Wildlife Conservation in Craig (907) 826-2561).  We think there will be Spring leftovers!  On line apps are t: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=license.fgstore                  

YOU MUST FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE BEAR REGS:                       

The bag limit is one bear and a legal bear is any bear except cubs or females accompanied by cubs.
A wounded bear counts against your bag limit for the regulatory year.  The skull (unfrozen and removed from the skin) and hide (with evidence of sex and claws attached) must be sealed within 30 days of the kill, except Unit 3 Kuiu Island. Permit hunt reports are due at the time of sealing. If unsuccessful or you did not hunt, you must return your completed hunt report within 15 days of close of season. Nonresident hunters hunting without a registered guide must have a drawing permit

You can hunt bear in either Spring or Fall, utilizing the spot and stalk method on a self-guided basis. GET OUT AND HUNT AROUND ANY GRASSY TIDAL FLATS or Timber Cuts. Find bear scat or sign and set up to watch. Or watch a grassy tidal flat or a beach or a clear cut with green grass, assuming there is sign! Do Not hunt where there is no sign!! Or break out your fawn bleats or predator calls and call a big bear into your lap!! In the fall, check one of the many streams where you find bear sign, fresh salmon and good green grass. Or boat into a remote area, climb to a clear cut and key in on glassing areas with lots of grass and berries. Make sure you’re finding lot of sign- no bear sign; no bears- move on! With probably a hundred streams along this 150 mile long lightly populated island, there are tons of bears and places to look! Some feel this island has the densest black bear population in the world. Remember though that tides here can drop 20 feet leaving you high and dry so remember that when planning a stalk and beaching your boat.

In both spring and fall, try a predator call or fawn bleat. It can bring instant results that can be dynamite and very exciting! Bait station permits can easily be obtained from Alaska Game and Fish. Check on their web site. We think that the biggest boars claim their own beaches, and walking to remote beaches to them works well. There are more bears than beaches, so the biggest boars claim the best beaches (HINT!)  A good Spring tactic is to get away from town, cruising until you hit a stream-then follow it up stream. Stick to the first mile of stream- if no sign- move along to another place.  Or locate a clear cut, climb to it and post yourself on any good clear-cut with FRESH bear sign, grass and berries, or make up some bait sites and post on them (bait site rules and permits apply). In fall you can take up to 4 blacktails of the Sitka variety, plus a bear! Bears and deer; plus salmon, trout, halibut and other fishing. Maybe some fresh crabs too?
Hunt bears in April-June; or Sept-Nov. You hunt bears early and late, with afternoons preferred. Fish in the off time! Best steelhead in Spring is April 15th to May 20th.These are 8 to 20 pound plus sea run rainbows! In the fall the pink and silver salmon runs will boggle your mind. Butch and Joan were there in August 2005; August 2007 and August 2009– and caught several hundred pink salmon on flies and dozens of silvers! Plus some giant halibut!

Butch,
I wrote up a story about my awesome hunting trip to POW, Alaska last fall that I booked through BMOA. I sent it in to North American Hunting Club and won their competition this year. The editor told me the story will be in the North American Hunter Magazine in the August issue. I just wanted to let you know in case you wanted to use the story for any promotion for your hunts or anything like that. I will send the link to the story your way when it is published. It will be online and in the magazine. Please feel free to send it to out to prospective clients from a BMOA client who was extremely satisfied with BMOA. Hopefully it is helpful. Thanks Butch!!! Jason Hatch

SITKA BLACKTAIL DEER: (season starts August 1st- limit of 4 bucks- closes Dec 31).
The island has a strong blacktail deer population, with a limit of 4 bucks per hunter (check for current regulations!). A large number of the top 100 blacktails in the books have come from here. One lady hunter took a record book Blacktail and a 7 foot blackie in the first week of Nov. a few years ago!

Best Blacktail hunting is early (Aug to early Sept.) and late. (Nov), but Nov. weather is less pleasant. Earlier deer are high, above 2500 feet, and require serious effort to reach. Best is to climb to timberline, then spike out for a night or two. Locals talk about seeing 20 to 70 bucks per day at that time of year in the mountain tops! If you do not want to spike out, then key on clear cuts, grassy strips and the lower mountaintops. From late October on, calling is extremely effective -expect shots to be from 15 to 75 yards in the dense growth, although occasional long shots happen. In the alpine areas in September, shots can be up to 400 yards. Bow hunters will enjoy the close encounters of calling. November will usually see deer on the beaches. Lots of deer here, that is why you can take four. Plan to work for the bigger ones of course! Bring your bleat and grunt calls, rattling horns too-very effective on the later hunts!! We found that the deer required you to get away from the roads and clear cuts that other people can drive to- get out and walk! Same with bear, especially bigger bear. Again, hunting is in GMU #2 Please review the regs!!

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PRICING 2018

Our invoices do NOT reflect local and Alaska taxes due on arrival.
Those taxes are a 6% community tax on the trip price, a $35 vehicle rental tax and a $28 transient tax.
You will pay those with your final balance, directly to the outfitter.

You have two BASIC options – Choose either 6 nights or 7 nights. We recommend 7 nights as you will need some time to just get oriented and make plans. friday noon for all arrivals!

Once you decide which time option you want, then next decide on whether you want to hunt, or fish or do both. More on that below in the pricing section.

STEP ONE: CHOOSE THE NUMBER OF DAYS YOU WANT:
6 NIGHTS AND 5 DAYS – Arrive On A Friday, Depart On Thursday AM.
7 NIGHTS AND 6 DAYS (OUR FAVORITE ) Friday Arrival And Departure.

STEP TWO: CHOOSE THE PRICE YOU WANT:      

EXPLANATION: You are paying for the cottage— SO fewer folks ups the per person price, while more folks reduces it!  In all there are 9 units, and sizes vary widely. See next page!.                

Standard One Bedroom (Eagle, Wolf, Blacktail Cottages)

The Eagle & Wolf Cottages are one bedroom with a full living room, dining area, kitchen and a large covered front porch. The bedding arrangement is a twin over full bunk in the bedroom as well as a pullout couch in the living room making them comfortable for 3 people or more if there is a couple in the party. The Wolf and Eagle Cottages connect with a door that locks on each side, as well as a private exterior door of course. If you are a large party getting two cottages so you can be nearby each other rather than being spread across the Lodge, this might be a good plan. Perhaps if you have teenagers, you might want two cottages so they have more room, and you will have two of everything…TVs, Kitchens, bathrooms, etc. but you will be able to supervise the kids and make sure they’re tucked in safe and sound. This would also be good for a group that wants to be closer so they can share meals and have more living space. Whatever the case, these two cottages can be used separate or together.

2018 weekly rates PER Person
April 1 to Sept 30
2 Guests $1,800
3 Guests $1,420
4 Guests $1,230

 Deluxe One Bedroom (Trout & Salmon Cottages)

The Trout & Salmon cottages are roomy one bedrooms with a full living room, dining area, large kitchen and laundry. The large kitchen layout is great for preparing meals and there is plenty of space in the living room. The bedding arrangement is two full beds in the bedroom as well as twin bunks in the nook area. (please see diagram) making the Trout & Salmon Cottages comfortable for 4 people or more if there is a couple in the party. While we are not located waterfront, there is a view of the bay from the windows as well as the front porch.

2018 weekly rates PER Person
April 1 to Sept 30
2 Guests $2,240
3 Guests $1,490
4 Guests $1,280
5 Guests $1,160

The Bear & Steelhead cottages are roomy two bedrooms with a full living room, dining area, large kitchen and laundry. Each bedroom has a twin over full bunk. The large kitchen layout is great for preparing meals and there is plenty of space in the living room. There is a pullout couch in the living room making this cottage comfortable for up to 5 people and more if there are couples. While we are not located waterfront there is a view of the bay from the Steelhead Cottage windows as well as front porch.

The HOUSE has two bedrooms with a huge living room, dining area, large kitchen with bar, dishwasher, washer & dryer and covered front & rear porch. The kitchen layout is great for preparing meals. One bedroom has both a twin and full bed. The second bedroom has two full beds making this cottage comfortable for up to 4 people and more if there are couples.

2018 weekly rates PER Person
April 1 to Sept 30
2 Guests $2520
3 Guests $1680
4 Guests $1260
5 Guests $1140
6 Guests $1060

Two Bedroom (Bear & Steelhead Cottages)

The Bear & Steelhead cottages are roomy two bedrooms with a full living room, dining area, large kitchen and laundry. Each bedroom has a twin over full bunk. The large kitchen layout is great for preparing meals and there is plenty of space in the living room. There is a pullout couch in the living room making this cottage comfortable for up to 5 people and more if there are couples. While we are not located waterfront there is a view of the bay from the Steelhead Cottage windows as well as front porch.

2018 weekly rates PER Person
April 1 to Sept 30
2 Guests $2,460
3 Guests $1,640
4 Guests $1,230
5 Guests $1,120
6 Guests $1,040

Two Bedroom House Package (The Residence)

The Residence HOUSE has two bedrooms with a huge living room, dining area, large kitchen with bar, dishwasher, washer & dryer and covered front & rear porch. The kitchen layout is great for preparing meals. One bedroom has both a twin and full bed. The second bedroom has two full beds making this cottage comfortable for up to 4 people and more if there are couples.

2018 weekly rates PER Person
April 1 to Sept 30
2 Guests $2,600
3 Guests $1,740
4 Guests $1,300
5 Guests $1,170
6 Guests $1,090

Two Bedroom (The Chalet)

The Woods Cabin is a chalet style 2 bedroom, two bathroom cabin with loft. There are two full beds in each room and two full beds in the loft. (6 total) full kitchen including dishwasher, washer & dryer. It has a great view of the woods and is located next to a creek and hot tub.

2018 weekly rates PER Person
April 1 to Sept 30
2 Guests $3,630
3 Guests $2,420
4 Guests $1,820
5 Guests $1,460
6 Guests $1,210
7 Guests $1,130
8 Guests $1,070

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Six per cent (6%) Sales Tax on package –PAYABLE ON DEPARTURE AT LODGE.
  • Transient tax and motor vehicle rental tax ($5/day) – about $100 total per living unit
  • Transportation to lodge on Prince of Wales Island and return ( float plane -about $250). If you want the float plane, contact the lodge and they will make your flight reservations. (ferry is about $50 but there is a pickup charge by the lodge – still a bit cheaper then plane but wastes most of a day. But the ferry is a fun ride among the islands. Buy a cheeseburger, sip coffe, watch scenery – gorgeous!)
  • Hunting/fishing licenses. Fish license 7 days $55; King salmon stamp 1 day is $10.00 Bear $225 (check current rules/regs).
  • Your groceries.
  • Vacuum sealing. Pricing varies- ask on arrival or just wrap and freeze them yourself.
  • Stream Guiding. (Fishing only.) Subject to availability. Must be contracted for and paid for in advance.
  • SALT WATER CHARTER FISHING: Recommended. Halibut, salmon, lingcod and more. About $250 per person, Min. of 4 people. (NOTE: You can also fish halibut, salmon and rockfish from your own boat that comes free as part of the cottage rental.)
  • BOAT UPGRADE – if you want to do some some really serious salt water fishing and trolling on a DIY basis. Boats were inspected in 2014 by Butch- very new, very classy with down riggers, chart plotter and fish finder, several motors and all are just top notch! If you prefer salt water doing this upgrade is- highly suggested!

 

ADD ONS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

Guided Halibut and Salmon fishing; Cost for a party of 4 is approx. $250 person/day. Minimum daily rate is 4 people- 6 can be negotiated. Trip includes, full day charter, professional guide, rods, tackle, bait, fish cleaning and lunch. Vacuum Sealing is also available for $1.50 per pound. NOTE: Limit on charter is ONE halibut per person so they fish for the big ones and also will fish rockfish, lingcod and troll or mooch for salmon. Usually plenty of action.

  • Fresh water STREAM guides available. Rates vary with # in party but average about $150-$175/person. A great way to jump start your knowledge of the island and where to go!!!
  • There are no hunting guides available except for fully guided hunts which they do not do.                          

TO BUY LICENSES ONLINE:     https://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/buyonline

SPRING REPORT FROM CLIENT KRIS Z:

BUTCH: Just got back from the trip.   Wow! That was awesome.   Can’t thank you enough for leading us in the right direction.   Everything about the outfitter exceeded our expectations.   Fishing was great with 50# ling cod and  a 100# halibut.   Bear hunting was challenging but we got our bears.   It took us a while to figure out what we were doing.   Thanks again and I will be rebooking next month along with some very jealous friends that couldn’t go this year!!  Kris  

TRAVEL PLANNING:

FLIGHTS: Plane tickets and hunting and fishing licenses –not included in price!   Alaska Airlines out of Seattle is the only airline that provides service to Ketchikan from the lower 48. Alaska Airlines phone: 800-445-4435. From Ketchikan there are several floatplane outfits THAT FLY RIGHT FROM THE MAIN AIRPORT  in Ketchikan into POW. But make your float plane reservations far in advance! Simply contact the Lodge and they will make the reservation for you. Email them your itinerary so they can coordinate it. You usually pay the float plane operator on arrival in Ketchikan or earlier.

IN lieu of the float plane you can also take a local ferry can be used to access POW from Ketchikan- it is about a 3 hour mini cruise to Hollis on POW. Cost is about $37/person  each way, plus a $100 pickup fee charged by the lodge. To arrange this local ferry go to: reservations@interislandferry.com. Fun little boat trip- sip coffee in the window lounge, eat a cheeseburger, watch the scenery!!

Another way to get from the lower 48 to Ketchikan is to take a Ferry out of the State of Washington- turns it into a 3 day cruise-about $600/person with great meals. For the ferry cruise from Seattle to Ketchikan – go to: www.akferry.org.                                                

 

IMPORTANT!!  OUR SUGGESTIONS/THOUGHTS AND TRAVEL PLANS/ARRANGEMENTS

Before arriving in Ketchikan you should have already sent us or the outfitter your itinerary, so the outfitter can make your reservations for the float plane. Again, the Lodge will make the reservation for you, you pay for it though. The float plane counter is right by your luggage pickup area. The float plane will take you to Thorne Bay. Cost is about $250/ person, round trip from Ketch to POW and back. Normally it is Pacific Air that is used, but it can vary.  There are several floatplanes that fly to Thorne Bay, POW.  Pacific Airways (877-360-3500).Another is Pro-Mech (800-860-3845). Cost is about $250/person, round trip.

 

You normally will fly out on the float planes to the Lodge the same day you fly into Ketch. Or- you may prefer to overnight in Ketchikan, (we always do this!) — where you can also see the Indian museum (a must see as it shows you just how unique the area really is), buy maps or licenses or tackle, tour the many neat little shops lining the River walk (walk behind them and see the salmon runs!), and get some great meals. We stayed at the older Gilmore (907) 225-9423) – awesome food and a great bar- with the best local sporting goods store in town right across the street– buy your licenses right there! We also have stayed at the Best Western (Landings) in Ketchikan (800-423-8304).  Wherever you stay, make sure they will shuttle you down to the ferry or floatplane. You may NOT arrive at lodge before 1PM. You Must depart lodge by 10AM!

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BUTCH’S HINTS FOR YOUR OUTDOOR SUCCESS

SALTWATER FISHERS: For kings- June and, July out in the boats is great. Silvers start in June, best saltwater is in August before they run streams in Sept. Halibut- May-October- same with other bottom fish. Halibut spawn AUG/SEPT-biggest fish then. Work the mouth of the Bay and all high spots (high meaning 200 feet or less surrounded by much deeper water. Bring some Vike jigs or Crippled herring jigs in the 12 to 16 ounce size.(Buy them on line by looking up their web sites—or buy them on POW and save the excess baggage charges)! Chrome seems best, white is good. Add some salmon belly or herring for smell-jig it 2-3 turns off bottom. Or troll flashers or spoons on flat lines and off downriggers for salmon. Sweeten with some meat -helps. Mooching works well with herring. Herring can be purchased locally for around $5 per dozen. The lodge has an excellent 26’ charter boat. We strongly suggest contacting us to book at least day with him!! They will box your catch too. And vacuum seal it for a fee.

FRESHWATER FISHERS: See chart below this write up for general best dates. Be aware that different streams have runs at different times- peak in one stream may not be peak elsewhere! And some streams are noted for early runs, others for late runs. If fishing is slow, try a different stream system!! Silvers are strongest from Late Aug thru out Sept. – Sept is best. But one stream- Neck Lake Outlet has strong runs starting in July! Pinks (Humpies) are awesome in July/August- 3 to 6 pound scrappers- we prefer a bobber or strike indicator with a size 6 or 8 weighted purple or black egg sucking leech 20-24” below the dropper. That is THE lure and fly! If spinning- use a bubble and the same rig and fly. Flies to be lightly weighted- fish it like a worm and a bobber- avoids snagging fish every cast!!
Also good for silvers are Size 3,4 and 5 Blue Fox (super vibrax) spinners in shiny silver and fluorescent colors; Mepps the same colors and sizes. Pixee spoons good. Most streams are not real deep- 2’ to 6’- size lures accordingly. We suggest spin reels with top notch drags- no crap. Use 10 to 14 pound line, run some fluorocarbon 3’ long leaders in 8 to 12 pound. Tie a ball bearing swivel to main line, then tie in the leader. On end of leader use a BALL BEARING swivel-fail to do that and line will twist miserably with spinners! For pinks- both fly fishers and spin fishers- fish purple egg sucking leeches in sizes 4, 6 and 8. Fish with a bobber or float indicators-2’ of line below bobber or indicator in most streams-but experiment.. Weighted flies or add shot. Steelhead-all the usual flies, egg patterns, skunks, leeches etc in fluorescent and dark colors-most of these will work on silvers, although silvers like contrasting colors on their patterns. Size 5 or 6 wt. rods for pinks, 6 to 8 weight for silvers and steelies. Floating lines best, bring a sink tip. Bring these flies: black and purple egg sucking leeches in sizes 4-8 )–other colors will work- this works best!); glo-bugs in sizes 6 to 10; a glo bug with white maribou); green butt skunk in sizes 2-6; flesh fly in sizes 2-6; some muddlers in yellow marabou and some with coneheads in sizes 2-4; deer hair mouse for big rainbows in sizes 2-4; gold ribbed hares ear in 10-16 for trout and grayling; same sizes in an Adams dry fly. Beads work well too as an egg type fly or lure.

PEAK FISHING TIMES:

King Salmon (20-60 lbs), June – July (Kings do not run POW streams-salt water fishery best done with a charter or you can try your own boat.)
Silver Salmon (6-15 lbs), July – September- first in saltwater, then into freshwater
Chum Salmon (8 – 18 lbs), July – August
Sockeye Salmon (6 – 12 lbs), July -August
Pink Salmon (2-5 lbs), July – Aug. – incredible numbers of fish!!
Rainbow Trout (12 – 30″), June – Sept
Steelhead- April-May; Oct-Dec. These fish can exceed 20 pounds!!
Halibut – May-Sept (biggest fish will come on charters-chickens in shallower water w/your boats.
Trout- There are dolly vardens, cuts, brookies, grayling and rainbows in many lake, ponds and streams-excellent fishing if you will walk a half-mile or more!
HUNTING HINTS FROM BUTCH:

MEAT RECOVERY: Spring bear hunters must recover all meat from bears up to June 1st after that it does not matter- but check for current regulations!! If you leave even a half pound of wasted meat on a carcass- you can expect a $1000 fine or maybe much more! Make sure you recover all neck meat, all rib meat, meat strips on inside of rib cage etc, if bear is killed before June1. Go to www.wildlife.alaska.gov. -to get the web site with all the regs. They inspect almost every kill site they can!! And they ask where you killed! In Spring you MUST recover bear meat- check regs for rules and dates of mandatory recovery of meat. Fall bears- no. At all times: you must recover hide and skull for sealing on bears- get it done! If you get it to the alpine areas for deer- pare the meat down tight to the bone-get all the rib, neck and backstraps. Read the regs! Ignorance costs you a bunch of cash! A boned out buck will weigh around 60-70 pounds, plus horns and cape. You cannot remove horns from kill site until ALL meat is removed, or cart it all out together. A buddy can help!

BEAR HUNTERS: Expect rain – bring camo gore-tex-although Gore-tex will leak if rain is heavy. For just sitting, Butch likes the olive drab rubberized Helly Hansen bib and jacket set!!. But walking in it will soak you as it does not breathe! Bring fawn bleat calls, a bleat in a can or a blow type call; bring a predator call). Set up where you will not be surprised at close quarters. Assuming it is not September- Call if you jump a bear on road- hide the car! MOST IMPORTANT DO NOT EVEN BEGIN HUNTING UNTIL YOU FIND GOOD BEAR SIGN!! anything else is a waste of time!! Look for grass in spring and in fall look for berries and fish in fall! We think by Sept bigger bears are in woods looking for berries and off the fish- BUT CHECK both places. Huge bear population-but you have to make it happen-be aggressive. Late evening is best. Early AM is decent, but you may spook them walking in. In Spring you have 15 to 18 hours of daylight so rest mid-day. Or fish!! POW is thick, so once you hit a bear never stop shooting until he is down. Try to break one of the front shoulders. Note: You can establish a bait site-but you need to contact AK game and fish to get a permit and the rules. Very effective if you bother.

DEER HUNTERS: Best but most strenuous deer hunting is early August into mid Sept. You should hunt above 2500’. Walk in day before, spike out – hunt next day and pack deer out. You can see a dozen to 30 bucks in a day in the right areas according to locals! Or hunt clear cuts and grassy areas in lower areas. As it gets into late Oct-Nov-bucks drop down-calling works extremely well- fawn bleats or doe bleats (a bear may come in too- so stay alert! We think rattling is untried
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Butch’s Update And Report:
We found the usual places in Staney Creek full of pinks and silvers. We found great silvers and pinks in Hatchery Creek, Gravelly Creek, Harris river and Log Jam Creek; also in Neck Lake/Whale Pass (awesome early run silvers); also in the Klawock River; big numbers; in Ratz Creek; in the nearby Thorne River and in other places. Move around!! Water conditions and fish runs vary greatly over this big island! We saw plenty of deer; and we think the northern half of POW up toward Whale Pass looks to offer some great bear and deer hunting and fishing. Red Bay had some good looking flats for bear. Small boats did well on August silvers off of Tolstoi Point; with both bait and lures and downriggers and deep diving lures. Crabs were tasty and reasonably plentiful and a meal of fresh Dungeness crab and fresh salmon is hard to beat!!!

August Is One Of The Most Popular Months At This Place- So If It Is Full- They Have Arranged For An Alternative- Stay At A Local Bed And Breakfast:

Stay at a bed and breakfast just one block away. You get the same deal- a boat, a vehicle, and lodging, PLUS you get breakfast served between 5Am and about 8 AM. Price is almost the same plus you get the breakfast, and for an extra $21 per might they will cook your dinners too. A Good Deal we think! See pictures below.

Three rooms: one queen bed, private bath (shower); second room is one queen AND one set of bunk beds (share hall bath with shower/bathtub); third room is one queen bed (share hall bath with shower/bathtub).

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