We take pride to teach our clients the technique of mooching when fishing for Salmon! This technique is very easy to learn and gives you a hands on approach while in pursuit of that Trophy King Salmon of a lifetime. While working the rod and reel, you will feel the bite, set the hook then experience the power and speed of the chrome bright Salmon! It is not uncommon to have multiple fish on at one time providing fast paced action for everyone on the boat. Using this technique gives you that great Alaskan fishing experience!
We also have the option to troll if you prefer to sit back and take in the sights of what Craig Alaska has to offer! The boats are equipped with Scotty Downriggers and this can give a big advantage over other charter companies that choose to only mooch. On the rare occasion if fishing slows or the weather becomes undesirable we are able to put the downriggers down and cover vast areas to find the fish. Once hooked up on the trolling rods the other clients can work their way up to the bow and deploy a rigged mooching rod. Using this technique is very exciting and usually rewards us with double or triple hook ups! Find one salmon trolling and you usually found more and get exactly what you need to get the job done during a slower time of fishing! We fish smart and effective to ensure you the best Alaskan fishing experience possible.
Our halibut fishing is usually done in 200-350 feet of water. Our equipment is the best with super light G-Loomis Rods and two speed Avet Reels. These Avet Reels are awesome with a lot of cranking power so you do not have to get a big work out while you fight that barn door halibut. Another great tool we have is our rod holder design for Halibut fishing. You have the choice to leave the rod right in the holder and put the Avet in low gear and crank that halibut right on up! It’s a great way to fight a halibut and have great success. If you want that experience of the big fight then we welcome you to grab that rod and go to work.
There are some cases where we can fish shallow water for halibut with our Salmon rods which is always a treat and lots of fun and we have great success doing it at certain times!
*If you have preference of trolling vs. mooching or vice versa please let us know in advance of your trip. It is your vacation and we will fish the way you prefer to fish otherwise we do what is most productive during that time!
At Screamin’ Reels Lodge we run a two-boat operation. Our custom-built boats are built to our specs and standards directly with North River Boats! Every inch of the boat was designed by each captain to maximize safety, comfortability, efficiency and performance providing the best fishing experience for our customers!
*Each boat runs twin clean burning Yamaha Outboards so there is no smell while running.
*Each boat is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics by Furuno USA. Furuno electronics are key to putting you on the fish showing real targets at any depth 100% of the time. There is no doubt when we see the fish and we will catch them!
* Our boats are cleaned inside and out each day to ensure you a spotless boat that has no fish smell in the cabin. We take pride in our boats, so you have excellent equipment every time you fish with us.
31’ and 32′ North River Walk-Around
Both boats were custom built and have a full 360 degree walk around capability. These boats are very stable and are fishing machines! Hosting groups of four to six anglers the boats are very comfortable and have lots of deck space for fighting your fish!
The cabin heaters will keep you warm in the spacious cabin, while drinking coffee on the morning run to the picturesque fishing grounds surrounding Prince of Wales Island.
Multiple species fishing every day!
Fishing in and around Prince of Wales Island is truly amazing and one of the only areas where we catch multiple species of fish every day in Alaska! We do not have to travel long distances to access the Salmon, Halibut, Ling Cod, Yellow Eye “Snapper” and Black bass each day. No need to run way off shore for our Halibut and other bottom fish when they live right here in our back yard! The islands in and around Prince of Wales offer fantastic fishing while providing the most scenic places to fish in Alaska! If you like calm waters with epic fishing this is your destination. We have access to the rich, abundant ocean waters in shore around our islands and can run offshore on the nice calm days. We have it all when it comes to seeking the Alaskan fishing adventure of a lifetime!
King Salmon “Chinook Salmon”
Mid May – August King Salmon
Average size 12-30 Pounds
Trophy 40-50 Pounds
The King Salmon is first to show in our waters starting the first week in May just after the herring spawn has taken place in and around Prince of Wales Island. We start our Charters the last week in May to ensure solid fishing for our guests! The King Salmon run through July and into August migrating to all destinations down the west Coast. We see King Salmon that are headed to Canadian waters like the Fraser River, Washington and Oregon’s Rivers as well as the rivers here in South East Alaska. That is what makes fishing Prince of Wales Island so amazing for King Salmon fishing. We are right in the path of the largest Salmon migration in the world and our waters are so rich with bait which entices the beautiful fish to stay in our waters and feed during their migration.
Coho Salmon “Silver Salmon”
July – Mid September Coho Salmon
Average size 7-15 Pounds
The Coho Salmon start to show in late June and early July in the waters around Prince of Wales Island. We have several local rivers around Prince of Wales Island that support one of the largest returns of Coho Salmon in Alaska! Here on Prince of Wales Island we are so fortunate to be able to benefit by having access to the massive migration of Coho Salmon that is headed down the west coast! Coho fishing is amazing all through July and lasts well into September. Using the Mooching technique for these acrobatic fish is so fun with multiple hook ups and experiencing fast fishing! It brings smiles to everyone’s faces!
Over the course of the fishing season we also catch Sockeye Salmon “Reds”, Chum Salmon and Pink Salmon “Humpies” which are always fun and provide extra action for everyone to enjoy while fishing. Fishing on Prince of Wales Island is a great experience with so much wildlife around it really is true Alaska and we absolutely feel honored to share this amazing place with our guests!
Halibut “Barn Door”
Halibut and other bottom fish are caught during all dates.
Average keeper size 25-40 Pounds
Trophy 200+ pounds
Our Halibut fishing starts in May and runs into the fall season. Fishing in and around Prince of Wales Island for these barn doors is amazing. Our waters are plentiful with these amazing fish! We do not have to run way off shore to access our halibut. On occasion while fishing for King Salmon you might catch your halibut on your salmon rod which is always a fun experience! When targeting our halibut, we will fish in an average depth of 60 feet to 350 feet. We also provide the best G-Loomis Rods and Avet two speed reels which makes it very fun and easy to catch your halibut!
Ling Cod, Yellow Eye “Snapper”; Black Bass
“We fish for all species everyday here on Prince of Wales Island. Using different techniques and the lightest highest quality tackle available for your full Alaskan fishing experience!”
Providing excellent care of your catch from start to finish ensures the very best freshness and flavor that you will enjoy all year long. We do it right for you!
When you land your prized catch, we bleed and clean the fish and it goes right into ice to cool it and keep it in its best state for premier freshness! When we return to the dock we will unload the catch and it goes right to the fillet table where it is cut to your specifications as far as size of cuts you prefer for your family to enjoy throughout the year. From the fillet table it immediately goes into a heavy clear bag and is clearly marked with the species type and vacuum packed by our commercial packers to ensure lifelong freshness. We then flash freeze your catch to -12 degrees Fahrenheit, and box your fish to airline specifications so you can check it as baggage for your travel home.
PURCHASE YOUR ALASKA FISHING LICENSE BEFORE YOU GET HERE!
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has made it very easy to purchase your Alaska fishing license and king salmon stamp prior to your Alaskan fishing trip. You can either print the license at home or have them mail it you. It’s quick and easy and it saves time on your arrival.
Some things to remember
- Be sure to check the “non resident” box if you aren’t an Alaskan resident.
- Set the start time on your first day of fishing for 4:00 a.m. just to be safe. While we seldom leave that early…you just never know!
- Set the time on your last day for 7:00 p.m. or later. Again, you just never know.
- Don’t forget to purchase a king salmon stamp if you plan on retaining a king salmon. This purchase will show up on your license when you print it and there will be space to record your catch.
- Sign your license.
Lastly…don’t forget to bring your license with you!!!!
Apply for your fishing license online by following this link.
IN A SMALL CARRY ON BAG YOU WILL WANT TO BRING THIS FOR YOUR TRIP!
WHAT TO PACK FOR FISHING
Jeans or fleece pants
WHAT TO PACK FOR EVENING
WHAT OTHER ITEMS TO PACK