Wild Alaska Cruise
You’ll fish the calm and sheltered waters of Frederick Sound, Stephens Passage, and Chatham Strait, the heart of the Inside Passage. You'll cruise through the Tongass Rainforest, the largest national forest in the United States. Each day offers new and exciting fishing opportunities. View glaciers, humpback and killer whales, sea lions and bears while enjoying some of the best fishing in Alaska.
Halibut and all Five Species of Salmon
Aboard the Perseverance, each day offers new and exciting fishing opportunities. Because they're mobile, they follow the fish to keep you on the fish! Typically,
the mothership relocates each day to a new and secluded moorage while you are out fishing. Later that day, you return to the Perseverance where the crew fillets, vacuum packs, and flash freezes the fish you choose to take back home.
Their chef cooks up the catch of the day for an all-you-can-eat feast.
Halibut: Jigging for Halibut has proven so successful it’s the only way they fish for them. Whenever possible, they fish shallow water for these Pacific monsters making the fight even more exhilarating. When jigging, they use comparatively “light” 30-pound class halibut gear, but for the real sports fishing enthusiast, they use lighter weight 10-20 lb class baitcasting and spinning gear. Using this system will give you the “fight of your life," even with 20-to 30-pound fish. Occasionally they land fish more than 200, even 300 lbs on these light rigs. September has some of the best fishing of the year for coho, halibut, and lingcod.
Salmon fishing typically involves trolling using downriggers, however, lead weights, or deep divers are often employed to reach fish just below the surface. Sometimes, mooching or even jigging will be the method of the day for catching salmon. Typically, they use light trolling or level wind reels coupled with long (10’6) medium weight rods or, for even more excitement, saltwater fly reels.
Spring Steelhead trips: see below.
Fishing Facts and Whale Watching
Boats: Custom-built 26' Wooldridge boats with quiet and clean Yamaha 4-stroke outboard motors, and equipped with new Lowrance HDS-10 big screen color sonar and GPS chart plotter.
All compulsory USCG safety is on board including VHF radios and GPS location devices. Maximum of eight anglers per week, 4-to-one guest to guide ratio.
Guides: The Perseverance has a six-member well-trained and friendly crew. Weekly trips embark from Juneau or Petersburg. Both cities offer the flavor of small-town Alaska with the convenience of transfers and access to shopping.
Trip activities include crabbing, shrimping, clamming, stream fishing, bear watching, kayaking, hot springs, photography, and whale watching.
Larry Csonka refers to Wild Alaska as “the most unique sportfishing operation in Alaska.”
Trips are family friendly and limited to eight guests.
All of Wild Alaska's vessels participate in the 5-Star Safety Program. The 83-foot Perseverance is fully equipped with stabilizers. It's 26-foot beam ensures a steady, comfortable and safe ship for cruising the inlets and passages of Alaska. Powered by two 350 HP Cummins diesel engines, three Cummins generators, and carrying 15,000 gallons of fuel and 7,000 gallons of fresh water, the Perseverance can cruise for 7,500 miles non-stop and produce all the electricity necessary.
The Perseverance has over 3,000 square feet of living space, sporting four decks. Below deck are four spacious staterooms. Two queen-size and two with bunks. All rooms feature a private shower, sink, and potty. A third bunk accompanies the queen rooms for the inclusion of a child or third person. In the lounge area, watch a DVD on the flatscreen or plug-in and see your latest photos.
Hearty breakfasts. Appetizers and cocktails in the evenings and the freshest sushi in the world. Gourmet dinners are served with wine and feature fresh seafood, thick steaks, grilled halibut, and decadent desserts such as creme brulee and homemade ice cream. Their chef caters to special diets.
You'll fly to either Juneau or Petersburg, and stay overnight at a hotel of your choice. In the morning, a member of the lodge staff will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Perseverance. Airfare and hotels are not included in the package. Our confirmation packet lists a number of recommended hotels.
Saltwater Fishing Trips:
Maximum of 8-anglers per week, 4-anglers per boat and guide.
6-nights and 7-days guided fishing
(5-full days and one partial day) $6,050.00 per person
5-nights and 6-days guided fishing
(4-full days and one partial day) $5,750.00 per person
Organize a party of 8, for group and family discounts.
Children age 5 and under are free. Children age 6 to 15 receive a 50% discount when staying in their parent’s or guardian’s stateroom.
Double-occupancy accommodations aboard the Perseverance, guided fishing in their all-weather aluminum boats, use of high-quality saltwater tackle, bait, all meals, lunches, soft drinks, wine with dinner, use of kayaks, skiffs, raingear and knee-high boots, fish cleaning, freezing, and packing in 50-pound wet lock boxes, and ground transfers from your hotel.
Packages do not include:
Airfare, hotel accommodations and meals in Juneau or Petersburg, gratuities, Alaska fishing licenses, king salmon stamps, gratuities, beer or spirits, fly fishing gear, personal items, or anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Spring Steelhead trips:
5-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$6,250.00 per person
Wild Alaska has partnered with long-time Alaskan outfitter and guide, Dan Roope to bring the finest Alaskan wild steelhead fishing adventure to our guests. During late April and early May, you'll fish the remote streams of the Tongass Nationa Forest for wild Alaskan steelhead. Fishing New Zealand-style, sight cast in areas under limited use permits secured from the USFS. 2 to 1-guide ratio guarantees you will have all the help you need to find the fish of a lifetime. Our guides have worked these waters for decades and know how to find fish. Rainbow, cutthroat, brook trout, and Dolly Varden are also seasonally available in fresh water.