Recently, five intrepid anglers set off for Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Our mission, which we freely accepted… bum around the island looking for Spring steelhead, explore, find some cutthroats and/or dollies and catch some crabs, the dungeness kind. Mission accomplished.
We spent five days on the island, burned two tanks of gas steelheading, pulled crab pots nine times, ate lots of ferns, saw countless Sitka deer, scared two black bears, fished an outgoing smolt feeding frenzy for cutthroats/dollies and climbed the world’s largest logging claw. Not to mention other debacles. Five days was simply not enough.
We didn’t have a chance to bottom fish for ling cod and yellow eye, down-rig for king salmon in the strait or forage the beaches for clams, abalone and other goodies. There are not enough hours in the day. Quite simply, there is a lifetime of exploration on America’s third largest island and we plan to go back and experience it again. As long as you don’t mind the rain, Prince of Wales is an outdoor exploration paradise.
Our stay was made more comfortable by the fine folks at Adventure Alaska Southeast. Jason and his family have top notch facilities and accommodations for a very reasonable price. Great for the do it yourself gang and full-service alike.
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A picture is worth a thousand words. This one… three thousand.
We found steelhead in some tiny water. This is less than three miles from salt chuck. Awesome!
We were on the backside of the run, so fish were a bit darker, but still beautiful. I love the orange fins on this fish!