Alaska Fishing with Beaver
What an incredible experience. The fog was so thick the plane circled around Ketchikan for about 45 minutes. They came over the speaker and said they were going to give it one more decent attempt and if they can’t land, they will continue on to the other Alaskan cities. I become a little nervous where I had connections to make out to Prince of Whales Island. To my relief the plan broke through the fog and immediately there was the runway. Thank goodness for GPS. I made it! Beaver, Wyatt, and his dad Lamar were on their way from Utah. I spent most of the day waiting for my best friend from college Ryan Miller, AKA “Beaver”. While I waited, I got to watch the float planes come in and out all day. It was relaxing and fun. Beaver and I got our opportunity to jump on a float plane for about 45 minutes to Prince of Whales Island. We landed in the town we fished out of called Craig. Beaver’s uncle has a nice cabin on the island where we stayed. His Uncle’s boat is taken care of by the Fireweed lodge. We had a guide take us out each day. I know these trips mean a lot to Beaver where he became close to his Uncle and he recently passed away. Alaska and fishing on the ocean remind us both of loved ones who have passed on. I was super close to my Grandpa Ashton whose passion was fishing off Vancouver Island. Seeing the beauty of the Ocean with Pacific cool weather in summertime is special.
The fishing was amazing. We limited out each day on 8 silvers, 2 Halibut, and 1 Lingcod. They shut down the Kings the day before we got there. We also found out they opened back up about a week after we returned home.
I ended up hooking into about 4 kings and they were so much fun to catch. They would come to the top by the boat and dive 250 feet to the bottom in a matter of seconds.
We saw whales and had amazing food each night at the Fireweed lodge. My favorite was the fresh caught Dungeness crab legs. They were great people and made sure we were taken good care while there. I ended up coming home with 100 lbs. of fish fillets. It was a trip I’d do every year if invited. So much fun!! I look back on the fun memories I have with Beaver and we are super blessed and fortunate. I couldn’t ask for a better friend.