El Capitan

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Just two hours by air from Seattle, nestled within pristine Sea Otter Sound on Southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island is El Capitan Lodge, well-known for its excellent salmon and halibut fishing. From fully equipped, custom built 26' boats, you are provided with a safe, productive guided southeast Alaska fishing trip.

With over 30 years experience in the Alaskan lodge business, the management of El Capitan Lodge truly provides its guests with “The Ultimate Alaskan Adventure!”
Every client we have sent to El Capitan Lodge has come back with outstanding reports of great service, fabulous fishing, and an overall Alaska fishing trip of a lifetime! They get a FIVE STAR rating from Rod and Reel Adventures.Everything about El Capitan is simply excellent. The Van Valins have put their hearts and souls into every aspect of your Alaska fishing adventure package. No detail is overlooked. Even the bar is absolutely astonishing. When you book an Alaska fishing trip, you don't want to wonder if you are getting value for your travel investment. And at El Capitan Lodge, you will know you received more than you expected...in fact you may feel like it is more than you deserve!FISHING INFORMATION FOR EL CAPITAN LODGE
Surrounded by the beautiful Tongass National Forest, El Capitan Lodge was fortunate to purchase one of the few private parcels in this large undeveloped area, and as a result, has become a world-class sport fishing destination for Salmon and Halibut anglers.
In Sea Otter Sound, an area known for its excellent salmon and halibut fishing, we troll and mooch for trophy-size chinnok and silver salmon or drift fish for the record-breaking halibut and rockfish. At El Capitan, we use quality fishing equipment and high performance tackle to ensure guests have the best chance to boat every fish that strikes their line.King Salmon, also referred to as Chinook, are the largest but least abundant of the salmon species found in Alaskan waters. Peak season for Kings is mid-May through early July. Silver Salmon, known to many anglers as Coho, are second in size to Kings with average weights from 10 to 20 pounds. Anglers have a blast catching their limits of these feisty and acrobatic salmon.  Peak season for Silvers are early July through mid-September.Halibut, largest of the Pacific flatfish species, are aggressive predators.  Their coloration allows them to blend in well with the sea bottom on which they spend much of their time.  Most caught are in the 25 - 40 pound range; however, quite a few "barn doors" weigh in well over 100 pounds.

Daily catches are processed in our indoor cleaning facility, vacuum-packed, frozen, and placed in wet-lock boxes for shipment home.

Freshwater fishing adventures for Salmon and Trout are available upon request.  Please inquire if interested.BOATS AND EQUIPMENT AT EL CAPITAN LODGE
One of the more frequent compliments we get from our guests is how great our boats are for comfort, safety and fishing room. After looking at many production line boats without finding any that had all of the features we needed, we decided to produce our own design. The result is a 26' aluminum boat with a wide 11' beam and a fully enclosed cabin with air cusioned pneumatic seats for all. Then we outfitted them low emission, quiet 250hp Yamaha saltwater series engine, Furuno radar, Sitex color sonar, Garmin GPS, and a Icom VHF radio. Add to this an experienced captain, miles of uncrowded, highly productive fishing grounds and you're ready to experience an Alaska fishing adventure second to none.

El Capitan has a 6 boat fleet with one boat always dedicated as a spare. This insures that in the rare instance one of our boats has a mechanical problem, we can provide a quick safe transfer to our spare boat with minimal fishing time sacrificed. We have used many different brands over 20 years of being in the lodge business and have found that the best rod builder for salmon and halibut fishing to be Lamiglas. As for reels, we use Penn Level Wind 330 GTI for halibut and for salmon we use the Okuma Level Wind CN-20D with line depth counters.

Mid May through mid September. Salmon and halibut fishing is outstanding all year long. However the peak months for the big chinook are usually June and July and the biggest halibut are usually caught in July. The limits have been decreased over the last few years so many Alaska fishing adventurers are now leaning toward August when the silver salmon are in full swing. The limits are more generous on silver salmon. But remember, it's not how many fish you kill that measures the quality of an Alaska fishing trip. It's the overall experience, the way you feel when you watch Orcas dance in the flat calm ocean, the way the eagle swoops to catch his lunch from the saltwater buffet...all these things make Alaska fishing trips special. Come and check it out.

Travel to and from El Capitan Lodge is quite easy. All of our guests fly to Ketchikan, Alaska just an hour and a half by jet from Seattle, Washington.
GETTING TO AND FROM KETCHIKAN: Alaska Airlines services Ketchikan with several flights daily. Your flight should be booked to arrive into Ketchikan the day before your fishing package begins. Your returning flight from Ketchikan to your home destination should be scheduled to depart Ketchikan no earlier than 12:00 pm on the day you depart the lodge.

ARRIVALS KETCHIKAN AIRPORT: Ketchikan International Airport is located on an island 1/4 mile outside Ketchikan with continual ferry service between the island and Ketchikan.  Upon arrival in Ketchikan, proceed to the lower level of the airport and check in with an Airporter Shuttle representative located near the baggage claim area.  After claiming your luggage, the Shuttle, located curbside just outside the airport doors, will transport you on the short five minute ferry crossing to the Narrow's Inn Hotel.

ACCOMMODATIONS IN KETCHIKAN: El Capitan Lodge has arranged for the Cape Fox Hotel to accommodate all of our guests with discounted room rates and a complimentary continental breakfast. Upon arrival from the airport to the Cape Fox Hotel, you will be greeted by their friendly staff and checked into your room.

MORNING DEPARTURE TO LODGE: After a refreshing continental breakfast, the Cape Fox Hotel staff will take your baggage to their private seaplane dock for a 6:30 am departure to El Capitan Lodge.  Accommodations at Cape Fox Hotel and seaplane transportation to/from the lodge are arranged by El Capitan Lodge prior to guest arrival.

DEPARTURES FROM LODGE: On departure day, guests can expect to depart the lodge between 7:15 am - 7:30 am.  The direct flight to Ketchikan International Airport will arrive approximately 40 minutes after departure from the lodge.  Upon arrival, guests proceed to the lower level where baggage and boxes of fish can be checked in at the Alaska Airlines ticket counter.


4 nights, 4 days fishing
$3895 pp
3 nights, 3 days fishing
$3295 pp

Rates are per person, double occupancy; based on 4 guests per boat. Guest bookings in groups with an uneven number of anglers are subject to an additional per day fee for the remaining empty space: $350/per day.


  • RT transportation from Ketchikan to El Capitan Lodge via seaplane
  • Deluxe Lodge Accommodations
  • Fully Guided Saltwater Fishing for salmon, halibut, and other Alaska fishing targets
  • Gourmet Cuisine
  • Saltwater fishing gear
  • Tackle
  • Bait
  • Alaska Fishing license/King Salmon tag
  • Use of rain gear & boots
  • Processing, vacuum packaging, boxing of fish for travel home as baggage
  • Complimentary House wine with Dinner


  • RT Airfare from home city to Ketchikan
  • Hotel accommodations in Ketchikan
  • Alcholic beverages purchased in the King Fisher Lounge
  • Personal amenities/toiletries/souvenir purchases
  • Gratuities

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