PORT ASH­TON LODGE

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907-715-7117 The lodge is on a re­mote is­land on the outer fringes of Prince Wil­liam Sound in Sawmill Bay, close to ex­cel­lent fish­ing in wa­ters bor­der­ing the Gulf of Alaska. AC­CESS: There are no roads to the lodge; the vil­lage of Chenega, with a state-main­tained airstrip and ferry ser­vice, is 2½miles away. Guests often ar­rive by float­plane or can be picked up by boat at Chenega Bay to make the short run to the lodge. AC­COM­MO­DA­TIONS: Five cab­ins to­tal, four of which can han­dle up to six guests. SPORT-FISH­ING FLEET: The lodge does not have its own fleet and in­stead ar­ranges fish­ing ex­cur­sions with char­ter­boat oper­a­tors. TACKLE AND BAITS: For kings, Capt. Andy Mezirow, of Crack­er­jack Char­ters, fa­vors Seeker down­rig­ger rods with Ac­cu­rate Valiant BV2-500N reels for trolling and 11-foot TFO rods with Is­lan­der reels for mooching. For king and sil­ver salmon lures, Mezirow prefers Pesca spoons or Arc­tic Fox trolling flies. He also trolls with cut-plug her­ring be­hind 11-inch flash­ers. PRI­MARY FISH­ING GROUNDS: Pas­sages near the lodge in Prince Wil­liam Sound, or a 30-minute run to Mon­tague Is­land. TAR­GETED SPECIES: King salmon, sil­ver salmon, hal­ibut, ling­cod and many species of rock­fish. SEA­SON: June is prime for kings; sil­vers and schools of ling­cod show up in in­creas­ing num­bers then as well; hal­ibut and rock­fish all sum­mer. RATES: One or two guests in one of the cab­ins for $312 per night, and up to seven in three larger cab­ins at $156 per per­son. Catered meals are ex­tra, as are char­ter fees for fish­ing. COM­MENTS: Dock­side fish-clean­ing sta­tion, lim­ited Wi-Fi, salt­wa­ter hot tub.

Above: At Ko­diak Rasp­berry Is­land Lodge, an­glers can catch all five species of salmon that swim these wa­ters. Right: There be mon­sters in outer Prince Wil­liam Sound in the vicin­ity of Port Ash­ton Lodge; hal­ibut over 150 to 200 pounds are caught each sea­son.

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