ELFIN COVE RESORT
907-239-2209 Elfin Cove, with a picturesque protected harbor, provides direct access to the Gulf of Alaska and is also close to the fishy waters of Icy Strait and Glacier Bay. ACCESS: From Juneau, Elfin Cove is about 100 miles to the west and reachable only by floatplane or boat. ACCOMMODATIONS: Sixteen rooms hold up to 32 guests; Fishmaster’s Inn next door is also owned by Mike Legowski. SPORT-FISHING FLEET: Six boats (five are catamarans) from 30 to 36 feet, with the 34- and 36-footers powered by Yanmar diesel engines. TACKLE AND BAITS: Shakespeare Ugly Stik rods, Shimano TR200 and Tekota 500 reels for salmon, and Shimano Tekota 700 reels for halibut. Mainly fishing cut herring for halibut, lingcod and rockfish; for silvers, a flasher in front of a hoochie lure; and for kings, yellow spoons with pink polka dots. PRIMARY FISHING GROUNDS: It’s usually a run of 10 minutes for silver salmon, a max of 35 minutes for kings, and varies from 10 to 40 minutes for halibut, rockfish and lingcod. TARGETED SPECIES: Salmon, halibut, lingcod and yelloweye rockfish. SEASON: Kings best May to June; silvers mid-July to September; lingcod and yelloweye rockfish midsummer. RATES: Three days, two nights with one day of fishing, $1,695; four days, three nights for $3,695 provides two and a half days of fishing; five days, four nights with three fishing days for $4,095; six days, five nights and four days of fishing for $4,695; all rates per person, double occupancy, and includes floatplane from Juneau. COMMENTS: Elfin Cove, on the northern section of Chichagof Island, possesses the largest population of bears per square mile in the world. The view from the lodge of Brady Glacier and the Fairweather Range is captivating.