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El Capitan Lodge


El Capitan Lodge is nestled on the pristine shores of Sea Otter Sound on Southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island, El Capitan Lodge is well-known for its excellent Salmon and Halibut fishing. Fully equipped, custom 26′ boats provided guests with a safe and comfortable platform to fully enjoy their guided fishing trip. With over 30 year’s experience, the management of El Capitan Lodge truly provides its guests with “The Ultimate Sportfishing Adventure!”

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 King and Silver Salmon or drift fish for the record-breaking Halibut and Rockfish.

El Capitan Lodge Sport-Fishing

Nice KingKing Salmon (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 (Coho) are second in size to Kings with average weights from 10 to 20 pounds.

Peak season for Silvers is early July through mid-September. Halibut, largest of the Pacific flatfish species, are aggressive predators.  Most are in the 25 – 40 pound range; however, quite a few “barn doors” weigh in well over 100 pounds. In addition to salmon and halibut fishing, El Capitan offers freshwater fishing adventures for Salmon and Trout.

Daily catches are processed in our indoor cleaning facility, vacuum-packed, frozen, and placed in wet-lock boxes for shipment home. El Capitan personally designed the boats to best suit the guests requirements.

Boats and Equipment

El Capitan Lodge BoatsEl Capitan uses quality fishing equipment and high performance tackle to ensure that guests have the best chance to boat every fish that strikes their line. El Capitan discovered the best rod builder for salmon and halibut fishing to be Lamiglas.  As for reels, Penn Level Wind 330 GTI for Halibut and Okuma Level Wind CN-20D with line depth counters for Salmon is standard issue.

Guests fish from 26′ aluminum boats with a wide 11′ beam and a fully enclosed cabin with air- cushioned pneumatic seats. The boats are outfitted with low emission, quiet 250hp Yamaha saltwater series engine, Furuno radar, Sitex color sonar, Garmin GPS, and an Icom VHF radio. Add to this an highly experienced captain, miles of highly productive fishing grounds and you have a sport-fishing adventure that is second to none.

El Capitan Lodge



El Capitan’s remote location enhances the relaxed atmosphere of the chalet-style lodge where conversation, hospitality and delicious meals are served in abundance. Gourmet meals prepared by a top-notch chef are enhanced with local seafood delicacies that will satisfy any angler’s appetite.

The closest neighbors include Sitka deer, wolves, bald eagles, sea otters, seals, whales, and black bear.

Linked together by a charming rustic boardwalk of rough-hewn logs, the private cedar cabins–each with a separate bedroom, full bath, hot and cold running water, 24 hour electricity and separately controlled heating units–satisfy guests’ privacy, whereas the lodge offers more communal activities for meeting new friends.


accomm_2lg-1Wireless internet access is available throughout the entire lodge facility. Twenty  guests are considered to be a full house, but El Capitan will accommodate larger groups if booked as a single party.

El Capitan is a modern, full service lodge where one will experience the true beauty of Southeast Alaska without leaving behind the comforts of home.



Travel Information

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, claim your baggage and check in at the Island Air Express ticket counter. Once at the Island Air counter their agents will weigh your baggage for the next morning’s Seaplane departure and then transport you in a shuttle van on the short five minute ferry crossing to The Landing Hotel.

ACCOMMODATIONS IN KETCHIKAN: El Capitan Lodge has arranged for the Best Western Landing Hotel to accommodate all of our guests with discounted room rates. Upon arrival from the airport to The Landing Hotel, you will be greeted by their friendly staff and checked into your reserved room. Reserve your room today!
MORNING DEPARTURE TO LODGE: Accommodations at The Landing Hotel and seaplane transportation to/from the lodge are arranged by El Capitan Lodge prior to guest arrival. Van Shuttle service departs the Landing Hotel between 5:30am and 6:30am. Upon arrival at the Lodge, a light breakfast will be served as your licenses and rain gear are issued for your first day of fishing. A travel itinerary is sent prior to your arrival.

DEPARTURES FROM LODGE: On departure day, guests can expect to depart the lodge between 6:30 am – 8:00 am. The direct flight to Ketchikan International Airport will arrive approximately 30 minutes after departure from the lodge. Upon arrival, guests proceed to the Ketchikan Airport terminal where baggage and fish boxes can be checked in at the Alaska Airlines ticket counter.