Our family is the original owner of the lodge property, purchasing the land from the Federal Government in the 1940’s. It started out with my great aunt Amy, her husband Ed and a one room cabin with a one hole out-house. My grandfather eventually inherited the cabin and brought me here on a summer vacation from Oregon in 1978 when I was 12 years old. After fishing with him in a 14′ Lund and staying in the cabin for a few weeks I was hooked for the rest of my life.
I came back to Ketchikan to fish every year after that and haven’t missed a summer yet. I started working on my cousin’s (Snapper Carson) salmon tender when I was 13 and eventually found jobs on salmon seiners, halibut long liners, and Bering Sea king crabbers. I have traveled the Alaskan coast line from the Canadian border through Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage, across the Gulf of Alaska, along the Aleutian Chain and into the Bering Sea. But I have always come back to Ketchikan and have always thought of it as home and when you are visiting I hope you will too.
I built a home here in 1989 and visiting friends and family would all comment “Wow, you should really build a fishing lodge here.” Since then we have developed the land as time and money would allow. Chinook Shores was incorporated in 2005 and the beach chalets and dock were built in 2005-2006 after years of planning and saving. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family of carpenters and fishermen so building the lodge came natural. It was designed and built for fishermen by fishermen.
Our commitment to our guests is to provide the best accommodations, fishing boats and facilities in the industry and to surround them with friendly knowledgeable staff and fishing guides.
Here you will find everything you need to make your Alaska fishing trip an experience of a lifetime. Whether you prefer Ketchikan salmon fishing or Alaska halibut fishing or bottom fishing for rockfish and cod, we have it all – same day, same place, same time.
Thank you for choosing Chinook Shores for your next vacation,
Jeff Wedekind and Nadra Angerman
Fishing Guide / Lodge Owners
We go the extra mile to make you smile!
Jeff’s catch of the day, a King Salmon landed in Ketchikan, Alaska.
You will stay in one of our new, fully furnished, secluded, beachfront chalets in Knudson Cove, which is a 20-minute drive from Ketchikan. Our prime location puts you in some of the best fishing grounds around Ketchikan. Knudson Cove is also the jump-off point for many sightseeing and adventure tours.
Chinook Shores’ Alaska fishing lodge is not just a place to stay; it’s an adventure in itself. Imagine relaxing on a covered deck watching the sunset with the ocean at your feet at the end of a fun filled day of fishing. Some of the best sightseeing and wildlife viewing opportunities will be right off your porch.
Salmon, seals and whales regularly swim along our beach chasing bait fish while bald eagles and ravens hang out in the surrounding giant spruce and cedar trees. You can walk to the dock, jump in a 20 foot unguided boat and begin your fishing or sightseeing adventure right from your front door.
Jeff Wedekind’s introduction to the Alaska fishing industry began in the late 70’s as a crew member on the F/V’s Crane and Westward. He later financed his way through college working on trollers, seiners, long-liners, tenders and crabbers from the Gulf of Alaska to the Bering Sea. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1989, he worked for engineering firms and construction companies where he managed high profile commercial construction and land development projects such as marine facilities, highways, rural roads and underground utilities. In 2005, Jeff founded Chinook Shores, Inc. in Ketchikan — a fishing lodge he built from the ground up. He is a member of the National Association of Charterboat Operators (NACO), Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO) and currently serves as a board member on the Alaska Charter Association (ACA). Jeff actively maintains his United States Coast Guard (USCG) Master 100 Ton Captain’s License while offering guided and self-guided sport fishing opportunities to the guests at his lodge.