Our family has been fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska for four generations.
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
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.
Porpoise, Whales, Seals and Eagles pass through our cove on a regular basis.
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.
There is something for everyone in Ketchikan, Alaska and there is no better place to stay than Chinook Shores – A premier Ketchikan Alaska fishing lodge.
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’s 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.
Sales & Marketing
Born and raised in Alaska, Nadra is passionate about emerging technology, natural resources, tourism and economic development. While a healthy, vibrant cruise industry is vital for Southeast Alaska, she believes it is crucial to balance that with the needs of independent travelers who spend more money and stay longer. With three decades of sales and marketing experience at local, regional and international levels, Nadra developed promotional campaigns for numerous industries. She worked extensively in public relations, corporate communications and search engine optimization in the Lower 48 before returning to Alaska, and favors her role at Chinook Shores Lodge. Nadra has served on the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and is a member of Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Marine Trade Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University.
Western Washington University graduate, McKinley Kellogg, earned her way through college filleting fish. A mission critical member of the team, she serves as the lodge operations and customer service manager while managing a crew of five. Passionate about wildlife and marine environments, sustainable seafood and healthy oceans McKinley is a member of American Fisheries Society and The International Ecotourism Society. She spends the winter months vacationing and working in the Bering Sea as a seafood observer for the Alaska Fish & Game. McKinley holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental science.