Mike and Sally’s Baranof Wilderness Lodge has an incredibly high client return rate, which speaks volumes about their service, and experience.
The fishing at Baranof Lodge is tremendously varied, and includes fishing for the regions parade of salmon species both in local rivers and out of boats in the saltwater, searun dollies in the streams, rising cutthroats in local lakes and a collection of bottomfish and halibut out in the bay itself.
In addition, Baranof offers a wonderfully varied program for non-anglers, including whale-watching, sea kayaking, beachcombing, crabbing and shrimping, and excellent hiking.
The lodge guides are talented, licensed, certified, and caring people who want your stay to be memorable. They take great pride in making your vacation the best it can possibly be. The accommodations are snug and comfortable, and the food fantastic, often reflecting the nearby bounty of the sea. Baranof is the single best Alaskan destination we are aware of for a family who wants to do some fishing, but also wants a variety of other activity options.
Reservations & Rates
Baranof Wilderness Lodge typically books nearly a year in advance, due to their high rate of return clientele.
The cost of the 5 night, 5 1/2 day fishing Baranof Wilderness Lodge package is $6,221.50 per person.
Optional lengths of stay are available, along with specials for for both King Salmon and Silver Salmon.
Included in your angling package at the Baranof Wilderness Lodge is round-trip transportation between Sitka and Baranof, all lodging, boats and professional guide service with all top quality salt water equipment, gourmet meals and an impressive wine list, beer. Also includes all applicable municipal rents, user fees, and sales taxes. The transfer days are Monday and Saturday. You'll receive a tackle checklist and other detailed information along with your receipt for deposit that will assist you in gearing up for the trip. Fishing licenses are not included in the package price, but may be purchased at the lodge, upon arrival. The lodge has WiFi in the lodge and cabins, as well as very limited cell phone service.
Not included in your angling package at Baranof Wilderness Lodge are travel between your home and Sitka, Alaska, fishing licenses, and gratuities.
The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.
• Travel Guard Insurance
Seasons at Baranof Wilderness Lodge
There is always great fishing (and wildlife viewing) to be had at Baranof Wilderness Lodge.
They are located right on a protected bay that serves as a freeway for tens of thousands of migrating salmon annually, beginning with kings in May and June, and progressing to chums, pinks and silvers later in the year. In addition to the highly effective trolling with conventional gear,
during much of the year intrepid fly fishermen can hook up consistently casting flashy streamers to the edges of kelp beds, or off the mouths of tributary streams. As well, these same streams load up with chum and pink salmon in mid-summer, mingling with the hordes of sea-run dolly varden that spend most of the year there. There is also world-class halibut action available throughout the season, some of which is within sight of the dock! Many fish in excess of 100 pounds are landed annually, along with untold numbers in the 20-60 pound range. For those wanting to bring home some of the finest eating fish filets known to man, this is a great opportunity, as are the great variety and numbers of rockfish available (some of which can be caught on a fly).
Getting to Baranof Wilderness Lodge
On the day preceding your arrival into Baranof Lodge, you will need to make arrangements to overnight in the historically rich town of Sitka, in southeast Alaska.
There are three flights a day into Sitka from Seattle - any one of them will work, depending on how much time you wish to spend exploring the town. A remote burg of 7,000 people, Sitka survives on its tourist
industry, as well as being a commercial fishing village. There is a fascinating totem pole display, as well as museums, sport stores, local artisan handiwork for sale and restaurants. Sitka is proud of its fishing and mining heritage- it's a fun little town to stroll around in. We recommend you make reservations at one of two hotels; the West Mark (907) 747-6241, probably the nicest rooms in town, or the Sitka Hotel (907) 747-3288, a very clean operation with more modest prices. For an evening meal, try the Channel Club - a superb steak and seafood eatery!
On the morning of your arrival to the lodge, your floatplane departs Harris Air in Sitka at around 8:00 a.m. Harris Air is located next to the Alaska Airlines terminal. You can use local taxis for transportation to and from the airport and to your hotel, or call Sitka Tours (907-747-8443) upon arrival - they provide a shuttle bus ground transportation service. Please check in with Harris Air (907) 966-3050 upon your arrival in Sitka - they'll advise you of the exact departure time the next morning. Keep in mind it will take a couple of flights to transport everyone from Sitka to the lodge, and occasionally flights can be slightly weather delayed. Typically, on departure from the lodge, you'll leave mid-afternoon, overnight once again in Sitka, and catch a connecting flight back out the next day to Seattle.
Lodging at Baranof Wilderness Lodge
The lodge itself is right on remote Warm Springs Bay, on the east side of Baranof Island.
The natural hot springs the bay is named after are actually near the lodge, and are a wonderful way to relax after a hard day a field, as is the hot tub located at the foot of a crystalline mountain freshet. Here you will also find the superior accommodations of the lodges spacious guest
cabins and Lodge. The elegantly furnished pine-paneled cabins each feature hot showers, baseboard heaters, toilet facilities, and 24 hour electricity from our own hydropower plant. From the comfort of your room you will enjoy panoramic views of the bay and its marine life in the shadow of majestic mountains.
Fishing at Baranof Wilderness Lodge
Following a leisurely and filling breakfast in the lodge overlooking the bay, everyone will split up with their guides and make their respective short journeys to the fishing areas of their choice.
Some will go out in the lodge's beautifully-appointed ocean-going fishing boats to catch chrome-bright salmon, halibut, or the many varieties of bottomfish, most of which are found within the protected confines of the
local bay; others will take smaller boats to one of the many local streams, targeting fresh chum and pink salmon, and dolly varden with either fly rods or light spinning gear; still others can opt to take a short hike to beautiful local lakes to catch the gorgeously-marked cutthroat trout found there. As well, guests can choose to go out whale-watching, pull crab and shrimp traps, or use the lodge's sea kayaks to explore the local rugged coastline.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• A very comfortable lodge tucked into a virgin rainforest and overlooking scenic Warm Springs Bay. The private cabin accommodations are quite nice and appropriate for hardcore anglers, non-anglers, or families. Leave the details to the talented and seasoned staff, and concentrated on fishing and enjoying the wilds of Southeast Alaska.
• Located on the remote backside of Baranof Island, the lodge has an enormous marine ecosystem nearly to themselves. Whether trolling or mooching for all five species of Pacific salmon, fly fishing shallow saltwater flats and kelp beds for silver salmon and rock bass, pulling monster halibut off the bottom on conventional gear, or wading small creeks loaded with chum and pink salmon and Dolly Varden eager for bright flies, you will have the experience without a bunch of other boats and anglers in sight. Less pressured fishing, means better fishing!
• Baranof Lodge loves non-anglers, too! There is a ton of non-angling activities to do at Baranof besides fishing, including world-class whale watching, tide-pooling, beachcombing, hiking, hot springs, and bear viewing and more. There is something for everyone at Baranof Wilderness Lodge.
• For those who would like to bring fish home to share with family and friends, the lodge will process, vacuum pack, and freeze 50 pounds of halibut, rockfish and salmon filets for each angler to bring home as extra luggage. Share the bounty of Southeast Alaska with the folks you love, nothing is finer than fresh fish cooked on the barbeque with great friends and family.
• Meals are spectacular, much of it straight from the bounty of the sea. Expect dinners including fresh halibut, prawns, crab, salmon, the works! For those who don’t eat seafood, there is also plenty of traditional lodge food – beef, chicken, etc. Few things are better than fresh and wild seafood, straight from the ocean, minutes out of the water. If you love seafood and hearty meals, the chef at Baranof will blow your mind…