PORT ASHTON LODGE
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.