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Perfect Ten!

My wife and I stayed 8 nights in the couples apartment. It is well furnished, stocked with all the things you’ll need to cook with. Have to comment on the shower…what fun!
Jeff and staff are A-1 when it comes to taking care of you and equipment which I must say is like everything else, top notch. You have your own privacy but, close to what’s going on. Fishing was great even though this was our first time here do kind of a learning experience. We took home 83 pounds of salmon, no halibut or other species of fish. We’ve fished Alaska at other self guided lodges but, none compare to Chinook Shores. Boats are great with all gear working. A person could come here, bring some food, adult beverages, licenses, clothes and go fishing. Everything else you need is provided. I know next year I’m not taking as much fishing gear as we did this year. On a scale of 1 to 10 we’d give a 9.995. It was too perfect to be a 10 out of 10.

— Gary M

Once in a Lifetime Experience

Jeff ,Nadra and the gals, Just wanted to thank you all for a great first-time ocean fishing experience for myself, my two sons and step-son. The fishing was phenomenal. The modern facilities were amazing. We all only traveled there with one carry on. That is all we needed. One stop on the way to your lodge at the Safeway in Ketchikan was all we needed for groceries and booze. About a half hour with Jeff was all we needed to learn where and how to fish. The new boats were top notch. Lots of room for the four of us (ave weight 230 lbs). The new boats are furnished with all the tackle you should need. We spent about $60 bucks a day on fuel. The marina (opens at 6 a.m.) is about 5 minutes away from the lodge for refueling and snacks. We caught lots of salmon within one mile of the lodge. One day (of four) we had 25 pinks and silvers before noon and had to come in and unload, put the fish on ice, and head back out for more. Feasted on crabs we caught (traps furnished) and took survivors home. We each flew home with 100 lbs of mostly salmon, some halibut and rock fish that were cleaned, frozen in 50 lb boxes. All of our fish arrived frozen at our respective airports from Midland Tx, Minot North Dakota, Calif and Colorado. Weather was great, seas relatively calm. Just a super trip. Jeff, Nadra and the girls did a great job making our trip a “once in a lifetime experience”, except that we will be coming back.

— Tom B

We had a great time unguided fishing in Alaska!

I just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of us during our fishing trip. We had a great time, and your place is awesome. Since our trip, I’ve talked to a lot of people that have fished different areas in Alaska, including Ketchikan. I’ve googled some different lodges and I think I’d take your place over any of them. The setup is perfect – clean, easy (from bed right into the boat), and it was nice for us to have our own space and do our own thing, but still have you there to help. You have a special place, and I’ll recommend it any chance I get.

— Pat M

Thank You and Your Excellent Staff

We all wanted to thank you and your excellent staff for all that you did to make our fishing vacation great last week. There were no glitches and your staff was very friendly. Your operation ran very efficiently and you and your staff met or exceeded all of our expectations. All of us especially like the part about when we come in from a long day of fishing and dead tired, we don’t have to then worry about fish processing….we can just go have a few ‘toddies’, cook our dinner, B.S. a bit (actually quite a bit) and go to bed early. We all wish McKinley and Hayden the best in their school year at Bellingham for McKinley and Central Oregon Community College for Hayden and we all hope that they will be back next season.

— Scott M

We had a great time self-guided fishing!

Just a wee note to thank you and your family and staff for the really great time we had when we were over there. Paul and I are discussing coming again next year but we are not sure if we will be able to both get over at the same time, if not we can probably organize two separate holidays. Hope everyone is having a good time and catching lots of fish.

— Dennis S

Kings, silvers, halibut, bottom fish, crabbing, shrimping all are available.

I have fished all over Alaska and have fished at Chinook Shores many times. Sometimes with my kids and wife, other times just a group of guys. Chinook Shores is the best Alaska fishing area I’ve ever been to. Jeff is fishing the area every day and know where the fish are and what is catching them at that part of the season. Best part? You can catch huge king salmon right in front of the lodge. No running for 2 hours to the big fish grounds. One year we caught our biggest fish of the year not more than 100 yards from the dock!

For those that are prone to getting seasick this is the place to go! Fish the calm waters and secluded bays of the Ketchikan area. No big rollers, no long hauls to the fishing grounds, and if the wind picks up you just move to a different side of one of the small islands and continue your day of catching fish.

Are you looking for variety? Kings, silvers, halibut, bottom fish, crabbing, shrimping are all available.
Not only are there tons of fish to catch but the area surrounding Chinook Shores has some of the prettiest views in the world. Whales, otters, and the biggest concentration of Bald Eagles anywhere. We have a picture my son took off the deck of our cabin/house. There are 17 bald eagles in one tree not 50 feet from the deck. To see them swoop down to the beach below our deck and fight over a salmon carcass is a sight I will never forget.

My last comment will be about gear. Jeff takes pride in having his rods, reels, line, nets, boats/motors all in great shape. I go there to fish, and to be successful. I like knowing that when I hit the water all the gear is going to work and the rest is up to me.

So what’s holding you up? Book your trip to Chinook Shores now. Ketchikan is only a 2 hour flight from Seattle and there are many flights per day on Alaska Air.

BTW, I am not an employee or family member of Chinook Shores. Just an avid fisherman who has fished all over Alaska and have never been treated better by a lodge owner, caught more fish, and had the ease of travel like I have had with Chinook Shores. Call Jeff today and be ready for your trip of a lifetime.

— Norm S

The Ketchikan Kid

Jeff, as you know I have been visiting my relatives up in Ketchikan for over
45 years. We have experienced the beauty of Alaska and made many friends along the way including you and your father (I would have made more but they tore down the Marine Bar). I can tell you this. You and your family have provided one of the finest Lodging and Fishing destinations around!!

Everything you have done is first class. Any group coming to visit, whether it is old timers like me or new travelers will be overwhelmed by the turn key operation you have. I mean, where can you go and within 3 hours from Seattle, sit in a 23’ rental boat that same day and yell (and I am good at that) fish on!!!

Just for the record, this is how the fish count went—In 9 days, we caught 143 Silvers. The largest was 17.8lbs. The average was about 9lbs, 36 were over 12lbs. In all 6 people took home over 350lbs of my “BIG JOHNSON/KETCHIKAN KID” expertly filleted fish. That does not include the fish we had on the BBQ.

— Larry J

The Place To Go

Chinook Shores is the place to go if you want to have a great fishing getaway or even just to get out in God’s country to see Alaska’s beautiful mountains and forest . Morning , Day or evening you are just few feet away from your own private boat to fish when you want and where you want, Jeff supplies maps of great fishing areas and you boat is equipped with fish finder and GPS , spend the day out on the clam protected waters filling your own private freezer with Salmon, Halibut and rockfish. Come back from a day’s adventure and sit around the BBQ telling all your best fish stories on the one that you let loose. Great times meeting others and enjoying the best fishing in Alaska. You can’t go wrong so book now for a trip of a lifetime!

— John G

Premium Location, BEST Bareboat Rentals in Town

Just returned from our latest trip to Chinook Shores. Jeff continues to make Chinook Shores the premium location for self-guided fishing trips in SE Alaska. We had a fantastic week; great halibut and salmon fishing, great weather, great service, and great lodging. We are already planning our next trip back!

— Kevin Y

Delightful 4 Days

We recently spent a delightful 4 days with family and friends at the beautiful Chinook Shores. Owners Jeff, Nadra, and their daughter McKinley were warm and friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We stayed in the first home they built for themselves, and had a beautiful view of the water. The house had been updated, had modern amenities, and provided adequate room for our three couples to have privacy and communal areas. The deck was beautiful! We were provided a van for the duration of our stay and were able to go into Ketchikan for dinners and shopping.

The fishing, or “catching,” was good, and Jeff was outstanding, as well as TJ, in instructing us about the boat, areas to go, and about the different varieties of fish. We had two boats, and Jeff captained the ladies who had a fantastic experience with him, learning so much about salmon and halibut fishing. He worked VERY hard steering and baiting, changing lures, and clubbing all the fish they caught. Jeff stayed in contact with the men by radio so we were always in close proximity. However, the ladies out-fished the men both in number of fish and pounds caught! We also on our own took a boat out for 1-1/2 days and felt very comfortable doing so. During our 8-10 hour days on the water, we also were intrigued by the whales swimming by, and the eagles swooning down to steal our catch! The scenery was so beautiful and peaceful.

The girls preparing our fish with cleaning, filleting, and packaging, were tirelessly working and seemingly enjoying showing us their skills. The fish were boxed for transport and ready for airline “baggage.” Everything was perfect on arrival back home in Sacramento, CA, and we enjoyed dining on our catch both in the unit at Chinook Shores and at home.

Because of Jeff, Nadra and their staff, Chinook Shores offers a great experience for the novice and expert fishermen and fisherwomen that will stay in your memory forever. Thank you to them for bringing so much joy and happiness to so many people!

— John & Karen Y

A Great First-Time Ocean Fishing Experience

Jeff ,Nadra and the gals, Just wanted to thank you all for a great first-time ocean fishing experience for myself, my two sons and step-son. The fishing was phenomenal. The modern facilities were amazing. We all only traveled there with one carry on. That is all we needed. One stop on the way to your lodge at the Safeway in Ketchikan was all we needed for groceries and booze. About a half hour with Jeff was all we needed to learn where and how to fish. The new boats were top notch. Lots of room for the four of us (ave weight 230 lbs). The new boats are furnished with all the tackle you should need. We spent about $60 bucks a day on fuel. The marina (opens at 6 a.m.) is about 5 minutes away from the lodge for refueling and snacks. We caught lots of salmon within one mile of the lodge. One day (of four) we had 25 pinks and silvers before noon and had to come in and unload, put the fish on ice, and head back out for more. Feasted on crabs we caught (traps furnished) and took survivors home. We each flew home with 100 lbs of mostly salmon, some halibut and rock fish that were cleaned, frozen in 50 lb boxes. All of our fish arrived frozen at our respective airports from Midland Tx, Minot North Dakota, Calif and Colorado. Weather was great, seas relatively calm. Just a super trip. Jeff, Nadra and the girls did a great job making our trip a “once in a lifetime experience”, except that we will be coming back.

— Tom B

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