Anglers choose Island Point Lodge because of our ability to provide an unforgettable self-guided Alaska fishing experience. And although Petersburg is well known for its salmon, the Alaska fishing season is rife with opportunities to catch halibut, cutthroat trout, Dolly Vardens, and highly coveted steelhead as well! And although we’ll provide you with essential meals, gear, and inside information, you’ll still need to do some planning. As such, we put together a quick guide to give you some things to think about as you prepare for the Alaska fishing season on Kupreanof Island.
Alaska Fishing Trips on Kupreanof Island
Because of the abundance of species found near Kupreanof Island’s Inside Passage, Alaska fishing trips require comprehensive preparation. Forgetting important details can drastically alter your vacation, so we encourage everyone to do ample research into the area and the types of fish they wish to target. Thankfully, the staff at Island Point Lodge will provide you with much more than a place to sleep. Below are a few considerations to make as you plan your Alaska fishing adventure.
- Tourism to Alaska is prevalent during the summer, so early reservations will offer the best pricing and seat assignments. Making reservations in October for a trip during the following summer will ensure you get the dates you need and will save you money in the long run.
- You won’t need to bring a cooler as it’s more cost-effective to purchase fish boxes at the lodge.
- Petersburg is in the southern panhandle of Alaska, where the air temperature is generally warm (the 50s at night and 70s during the day) from May to September; however, the ocean water can be pretty cold.
- Light rain and drizzle can be expected on any day, so you’ll definitely need rain gear, which will also serve as a windbreaker.
- Kupreanof Island is approximately 12 miles from Petersburg, Alaska, has no roads or utilities, and power is supplied by diesel generators that run for 24 hours a day.
- Fresh drinking water is available at all times and will be designated by a sign that says, “Purified Water.”
- A boat and the necessary equipment will be assigned to your group, but the operator needs to have experience with onboard motors. Each vessel comes with safety vests, ropes, anchors, oars, a pail, bait containers, and lunch coolers. Be aware that there is a limited amount of bait, but you can catch your own by jigging for herring.
- If you decide to bring your rods, we highly recommend combining all of them into one case to save room. You can also duct tape several rod cases together into one set of luggage to cut costs.
- Be sure to check with the airline regarding luggage weight and its associated fees.
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Having the right plan in place can be the difference between the most enjoyable Alaska fishing trip ever and a miserable experience. Most of what you’ll need will be right here at Island Point Lodge, but there will always be a few details that can make or break your adventure. For more information on our Alaska fishing packages, what to expect, or to make a reservation, please reach out to us online or call 800-352-4522 today.