Captain Steve Smith is a second generation master fisherman.
It runs in the family….He and his father Jim, and brothers Chris and James all have a lifetime of professional fishing and guiding experience in the San Francisco Bay Area which is also famous for salmon, halibut, striped bass, sturgeon, albacore, rockfish and lingcod. Jim Smith owns and operates the famous Happy Hooker sport fishing boat, James Smith owns and operates his charter boat California Dawn (both out of Berkeley and Martinez, California) and Chris Smith owned the Captain Hook (out of Emeryville, California) for many years.
After many years of coming to Alaska as a teenager, and fishing on the Kenai River, In 1988 Steve earned his 100 ton master Captain License. Captain Steve got his first job working full time on Cook Inlet the following summer.
At the end of the summer he invited LeAnne (his high school sweetheart) to come and see the Alaska he had grown to love so much, in hopes that she would fall in love with it too. She did! The drive back to California was bittersweet, knowing they had to leave but not knowing the other felt the same, they wanted to make Alaska their new home.
Upon arriving back in California Steve let LeAnne know he wanted to live in Alaska. She intern let him know she was going to go back to live, with or without him, she loved it so much. After two more summers work for Steve, In March of 1991, we packed all we had and headed back to Alaska to start our new life together.
In 1992, we started our first fishing charter business. After several years of running the daily charter business, we sold it to Tom & Tammy Redmon from Wyoming. Steve continued to work for the Redmon Family until 2003. The business has been through several owners since, but is still going strong. In 1995, our daughter Kaylee was born. Wanting to spend more time at home with our daughter and being there was little in the way of quality accommodations in this area, we decided in 1996 to open our Bed & Breakfast. In 2000, we were blessed with another child, this time our Son Hunter. In 2004, we opened our new Fishing Lodge. Steve has been fishing Cook Inlet nonstop since 1988, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
In 2006, we remodeled the Lodge and added on over 6000 sq. ft. so we can now accommodate up to 24 guests in our lodge. “Creature Comforts” are our greatest concern for our guests. Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge features fine dining, billiards, wi fi and many other amenities. Our children are older now and have taken on various jobs to help us run our family business. Our staff consists of 9 members plus ourselves, and we take only 12 guests per week, so the service you receive is very personalized.