Salt Water Fishing

Glacier Bay and Icy Strait possess all the best attributes of saltwater big-game fishing, without any of the shortcomings. No matter what your preference, light-tackle mooching, downrigger fishing, fly fishing the salt, or heavy-action jigging for trophies, Gustavus Alaska saltwater sport fishing doesn’t disappoint.

Veteran saltwater anglers fish with us each year because of the sheer number and variety of sport fish we have.

Fishing at this Alaska fishing lodge is also ideal for spouses or non-anglers who want to indulge in Alaska sport fishing for the first time. We’re also the destination of choice for the angler or non-angler who wants to take home a sampling of fresh Alaska seafood to share with family and friends.

Consider the facts as to why our sport fisheries are second to none.

Because we primarily fish inside waters, travel time to blue-ribbon fishing grounds takes less than 40 minutes. Because there are no ocean swells where we fish, seasickness is rare. In addition, we don’t have the severe tides found in marine waters elsewhere. The waters we fish are also protected from severe storms, which allow fishing when other areas are blown out.

Each summer, humpback whales migrate to our waters from as far away as Hawaii to feed and fatten up on an abundance of baitfish and herring. The abundance of feed also attracts bottomfish, like Alaska Halibut.

Geography is another reason that makes this area a top choice for salmon. Icy Strait is a funnel through which all halibut and salmon bound for inside waters must pass. Unlike some of the more popular areas of Alaska, Gustavus halibut anglers appreciate our shallow-water fishing of 90 to 120 feet, and very limited competition. We can reach the bottom with either lightweight or heavyweight tackle…and very little lead. Salmon migrate by the tens of thousands through our straits and bays, creating a concentration of fish that must be seen to be believed. Unlike the glacially tinted waters of other areas in Alaska, much of the water we fish is clear. You can see the Alaska Salmon (King and Coho Salmon) fight with power, oftentimes surging after the bait.

Check out our Southeast Alaska Saltwater Fisherman’s Guide for more Gustavus Alaska Saltwater fishing information.

Our staff is ready to accommodate you in comfort and safety. Contact us toll-free at 800-628-0912 or use our online reservation inquiry form for more information. We have a number of Alaska fishing packages available.