Lake/River Fishing From Seward or Whittier

Old Jul 7th, 2005, 05:19 PM
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Lake/River Fishing From Seward or Whittier

Has anyone done a lake or river fishing charter(without flying)from either Seward or Whittier? Thanks.
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 09:13 PM
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Both Seward and Whittier are ocean ports and that's where most of the charters operate.

The big question: Why not the ocean?

If you do want a river charter, head to Cooper Landing and float the Upper Kenai River in a drift boat. Great country. There really isn't much lake fishing in the area. Kenai Lake has too much glacier silt to be a reliable fishery.




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Old Jul 10th, 2005, 07:56 AM
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Thanks for the advice. My husband has been halibut and salmon fishing on the ocean from Sitka and Ketchikan, but this time he'd like to fish from shore or maybe a lake. We plan to have 4 days pre-cruise in the Seward area.
There is a Chilkoot Lake Fresh Water Fishing excursion offered by the cruiseline when we're in Skagway. Have you done that? Thanks again.
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Old Jul 10th, 2005, 09:11 AM
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Haven't done that, sorry.

With four days in the area, I'd highly recommend the Upper Kenai float. You get away from the crowds, the scenery is excellent, the chances for wildlife viewing are decent and the fish, mostly rainbows and dolly varden are gorgeous. The river is tremendous blue-green hue.

If hubby is ambitious, there are shore fishing opportunities right in Seward -- depending on the time of the year. Also, with four days in Seward, you could take an overnight in Homer, where there's a fishing lagoon.
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Old Jul 11th, 2005, 06:30 AM
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Chilkoot Lake is out of Haines.
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Old Jul 11th, 2005, 02:10 PM
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It is indeed. Getting to Haines is part of the excursion. "Board a high-speed catamaran bound for Haines, just 12 miles south of Skagway. From Haines, enjoy a scenic 20-minute drive to Chilkoot Lake, one of the most picturesque locations in southeast Alaska. Your fishing expedition begins aboard a covered, 28-foot pontoon boat."

Husband likes the drift boat idea better, but we'll probably end up doing both. He could spend 12 hours, fall in the water, not catch a thing, and still have a great time.
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Old Jul 11th, 2005, 04:37 PM
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When is this? Reason being, the Kenai downriver from Skilak Lake is fab x 10 for Silvers and late Kings sometimes, too, so if your husband is game he can go with light tackle and try for the fight of his life if a salmon ties into Dolly-sized gear.

Or like my spouse, who netted a 15 - yes 15-lb Rainbow on 5# test near Big Eddy on the Kenai. We all kissed the fish, then released him to go and procreate. DNA like that doesn't come along all that often.
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Old Jul 11th, 2005, 05:02 PM
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We're going to be in the area next June 7th - 12th (cruise leaves evening on the 12th from Whittier). Is there a better place to fish given the time of year? Is there a guide or company you recommend? How much time should we allow to drive from Seward? Thanks again. p.s. Husband says that a 15 pound rainbow would do quite nicely (lol)
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Pretty early for the Kenai drainage (most years) except for early Kings. Don't have tour/guide recommendations, maybe someone else does. Also look at www.alaska.com, the useful guide site set up by the Anchorage newspaper.
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Too early for Haines probably too, which has a very late salmon run.
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Old Jul 12th, 2005, 02:55 PM
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OK. Maybe it's best just to do one of the halibut/rockfish trips out of Seward. I bought a Milepost today and it's loaded with ads for charter fishing. I'll be "google-ing" for days.
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Yup, it's a bit early for the upper Kenai, unfortunately.

It is a good time for a trip out of Seward, although another option might be a lower river trip for Kenai kings or a Kasilof drift boat trip. Timing the runs there is vital, however, while the Seward trip is almost a sure bet for fish.

Another option might be a Deep Creek area combo trip for kings/halibut.
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