Fishing

KETCHIKAN ALASKA SALMON/HALIBUT/LINGCOD/SNAPPER FISHING PACKAGES $3200

This operation is only a 90 minute flight from Seattle and the charter captain consistently catches the biggest salmon and halibut in Ketchikan in both size and quantity every year. Most fisherman take home about 150 pounds each of fillets for a 3 day trip. He takes 4 to 6 fishermen on his 30 foot boat with twin 250 Yamaha motors. The best fishing is June 20 to mid-August. Kings come in first and about July 4 silvers and some pink show up and by July 15 the kings are tapering off and the silver and pink fishing is best. Halibut fishing is always good. Average halibut are 15 to 25 pound fish and he also fishes other areas where the numbers are less, but size will average 40 to 60 pounds with the occasional monster. Depending on the fishermen for halibut he can go for large fish or large numbers. They also fish for cod and chum salmon. He finishes up early September.

3 days and 4 nights is $3,200 or 4 days and 5 nights is $3,750 and 5 days and 6 nights is $4,600. Trip includes lodge accommodations, meals, appetizers at the bar in the 24’ x 35’ trophy room, big screen plasma TV, fully guided charter fishing, bait, tackle, custom fish processing, vacuum packaging, transport boxes, round trip airport transfers, daily room service, phone/fax/wireless internet and all taxes. Fishermen take a 90 minute flight from Seattle to Ketchikan, where they are met and driven 14 miles to the lodge. Serious fishermen should book early to get the dates they prefer. This skipper has the reputation and books early. Fish AK247. AK247 Fishing Photos.

MANITOBA PIKE, WALLEYE AND LAKE TROUT $1560

This fishing operation located 450 miles northwest of Winnipeg offers guides and lodging out of their 5 star lodge or fly in unguided packages to one of their outpost cabins with access to many different catch and release lakes. Fishermen have been taking some monster pike weighing over 25 pounds in the 40 to 50 inch class, with some days producing 100 plus walleyes and lake trout averaging over 10 pounds. These lakes produce quality fishing that has been achieved by practicing catch and release for the past 20 years. The only exception to this rule is all fishermen can enjoy daily shore lunches on some morning keepers.

They offer the full service American plan out of the lodge, including airport shuttle, lodging, meals, guide, boat, motor, gas, fish cleaning and prepared shore lunch. 4 days and 5 nights are priced at only $1,900, on up to 7 days and 8 nights for $2,700 per man. Special 3 day package with 4 nights is $2,015 and include 2days on the main lake and a day fly out to a remote lake, 2 person minimum. There is a HST tax to be added.

Unguided outpost cabins are priced from $1,560 for 5 days to $1,765 for 7 days per fisherman and can accommodate groups from 4 to 10. These packages include the use of their 16’ boats with 15 horsepower motors, unlimited gas, cooking utensils, showers, hot and cold running water and airport shuttle. They can also purchase your groceries ahead of time for your group. To save money on airfare for a group we would suggest renting a van and make the 6 1/2 hour drive from Winnepeg to Flin Flon.

HCU’s Cliff Graham has fished with this outfit more than 10 times. Fish MB358.  MB358 Fishing Photos.

FISH NORTHWEST SASKATCHEWAN FOR MONSTER LAKERS AND PIKE 5 DAYS $4500 INCLUDES CHARTER

If you want to experience world class lake trout, this is arguably the best lake in North America. Lakers up to 72 pounds have been caught and released along with northern pike over 50 inches! Cabin accommodations with toilets and showers, 24 hour power by generator, internet, satellite TV, chef prepared 5 star meals, rods/tackle and one guide to two fishermen plus your float plane charter flight from Ft. McMurray to the camp are all included in the $4,500 price.

The lake is about 20 miles long 10 miles wide with depths up to 400 feet. It is nestled between two mountains with plenty of inlets and shallow coves. Parts of the lake are always fishable even if you encounter a bad weather day. This lake has never been commercially fished and is basically a catch and release lake with some smaller fish kept for the daily shore lunches.

$4,500 for 5 days OR 10 days for $8,000, start mid June and run to mid September and July seems to be arguably the best month, but August is a great big pike month. You are allowed up to 50 pounds for the private charter flight from Ft. McMurray. Can you imagine landing 100 to 200 lake trout in a day or maybe going strictly for monster trophy fish and hauling in several really big ones? Fish SK577.