Self-Guided Fishing Packages
Self-Guided fishing in Alaska has quickly become
the new, hot ticket item for fisherman that visit this
great state. With endless possibilities for
accommodations, there seems to be a steady supply of
"in town hotels" promoting remote wilderness lodge
experiences. When the reality is that most are
located within a city limits or on an interior road
system where you have to travel daily to get to prime
fishing grounds. At Ravencroft, our truly remote location
and easy do-it-yourself salmon and halibut fishing, keeps clients coming
back year after year for fishing that literally starts
at our dock. Join us at Ravencroft and
fill your freezer with salmon, rockfish and halibut!
You'll quickly see why we're the best self guided
fishing destination in Alaska!
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Fight the fish, not the crowds!
Self-Guided Fishing in Alaska
|Our Self-Guided fishing
packages are less expensive than our Guided
packages and designed for people with some fishing
experience. Be your own guide, on your own
schedule and quickly become an expert with fishing
grounds within site of this vacation lodge. The
lodge provides an informative training/orientation
which covers the operation of the particular
fishing boat to be used, as well as all peripheral
gear, safety equipment & radios, and safety
procedures. Also included are discussions of the
area's geography, weather, fishing hotspots,
fishing methods, which can be as detailed as you
request. Since the lodge is located in protected
water in Prince William Sound, guests will be
pleasantly surprised at the relative calm waters
that surround the lodge. There are no swells to
contend with and guests usually refer to Port
Fidalgo as, "the lake". On most days the waters
are flat and extremely enjoyable to fish on! On
our worst weather days you can expect 2-3 footers,
making this fishing package a self-guided
|Although we are remote, even by
other lodge standards, location is key for folks
that don't want to battle the crowds or wait your
turn for to slip your boat into the "fishing
hole". There are no roads to this lodge and we are
completely off the grid. But because of where we
are, fishing pressure is extremely low and most
groups will not encounter another soul while in
Sample Trip Itinerary
(based on a 7 day/6 night package)
**Check in is no sooner
then 1pm and check out is by 10am, please plan your
Travel to Valdez and meet with your water-taxi transportation charter at the
harbor or fly into Cordova and take a floatplane to the lodge. Once we arrive at the lodge, you'll help get
into your room or rooms. Then we'll have you join us
in the dining hall for
dinner and a quick orientation. Your then free to explore the
lodge and surrounding area before heading off to your room
for the first night.
Start your day off with a hearty breakfast, while the lodge
staff prepares one of our 18' boats with tackle, bait and fuel. We'll get you started in the right direction for nearby fishing
holes or just stay with in sight of the lodge. You may
encounter bears cruising the coast lines, migrating whales
and floating sea-otters. Remember to close your day down allowing enough
time to head back to the lodge in time for you to freshen up
just before dinner. Once at the lodge, our staff will assist
you in hanging your catch for any pictures that you may
want. We will then assist in showing you where the fish
processing table/freezers are located and how the vacuum seal
Monday - Spend
another great day of fishing or hike one of the trails among
the 200+ acres that the lodge is located on. There are some
breathtaking views that can be found just above the lodge!
Another great day of fishing or exploring!
Another great day of fishing or exploring!
Thursday - On
the last day, most folks have filled their fish boxes by now
and are more then satisfied with what they will be taking
home. You can continue fishing/exploring from your 18'
boats, go for a hike or take a add-on trip to Columbia Glacier
on a Heli-Tour! This trip can
also be arranged anytime during your stay at the lodge.
Columbia Glacier is the second largest tidewater glacier in
Prince William Sound. This is wonderful experience to
be had by all.
Friday - After breakfast, we'll get gear,
luggage and fish boxed up and ready for a 9-10am departure from the lodge. This allows
enough time for any unforeseen weather and gives guests a
chance to explore Valdez gift shops before departing on your flight. (Floatplanes will follow the same schedule, but
the only floatplane service is from Cordova, AK or
Anchorage, AK. Please remember that floatplanes have a strict
weight limit and you may have to charter a second plane for
any extra fish boxes).
Best way to get
|There are several
different options for groups to get to the
lodge. But the best, fastest and
cheapest way is to travel to Cordova, Alaska
and then hop on a floatplane to the lodge.
Most folks can leave early in the morning
from their home state and be at the lodge in
the evening. The floatplane takes
about 20-25 minutes travel time to get to
the lodge. Costs depend on your group
size but typically run
$100-$160 per person for a one way flight.
Ask us more and we'll help reserve your in
On-site Fish Processing
Packages Include the Following:
bedrooms - double occupancy rooms with two single beds.
||Bathrooms & hot showers - accessed from the covered porch which surrounds the sleeping quarters building.
||Meals - three meals per day. Breakfast and dinner served in the lodge dining room, with a sack lunch on the boat or back at the lodge.
||Fishing boats - Fuel and are equipped with all Coast-Guard required safety equipment.
||Fishing rods/reels -
spinning rods for Salmon & deep-water rods for Halibut &
various other bottom fish. One bag of herring is given
each day per boat. One tackle box of "proven and
effective" lures provided on each boat, lost lures can be replaced by purchasing
additional fishing tackle at lodge.
||One heavy-duty fish-box, which holds #50 pounds of cleaned, frozen fish (additional boxes, if requested, are for sale at the lodge)
||Daily checking and re-fueling of your
fishing boat by lodge staff
||Lodge staff assistance in helping you package your catch, and place into lodge freezers. (we assist you, we do not perform the task
for self-guided guests)
||Vacuum Sealing and all
|Self-Guided Packages Do Not Include:
||Water-taxi or float-plane
(We will help with arrangements but
guests pay for this separately)
|| Extra bait and lures - Available for sale at the lodge
||Fishing License and Gratuities
||Other personal expenses due to weather or delays in flights.
and what to bring:
Alaskan weather is
unpredictable and can change hourly. Summer
temperatures range from the mid-60's to the low 70's.
Rain and showers are frequent in the during these
months. Even on the sunniest days of summer, the
temperature may feel cool. Layered clothes is a
good idea, and you will find that long sleeve shirts
feel good on most days. A light jacket will
probably come in handy. Good rain gear is a must,
along with warm head gear. Good rubber soled shoes, or
rubber boots. Be sure to bring a camera,
flashlight, binoculars and your personal items.
(Fly fisherman are welcome to bring their favorite fly
rod for some extreme fighting action)