Our lodge is based around fishing. We have an all-inclusive 8,600 square foot lodge with eleven guest bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. We now feature a fully stocked bar. The lodge has a large covered deck, boot room for boots and raingear that we provide, our own Shuttle Service to and from the airports, a very large projector TV, free WiFi and 4G. We specialize in all-day guided multiple-species fishing trips with very comfortable 30 foot covered boats with state of the art electronics. In addition, we are very competent captains with a very helpful crew. We're also licensed and insured.
We are located 185 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska and 30 miles north of Homer. We fish the Cook Inlet, Gulf of Alaska, Kenai, Kasilof rivers, as well as the Crescent River, Crescent Lake and Wolverine Creek while on out fly outs to the West side of Cook Inlet. On our fly outs, we fish for as many as five species of Salmon, Rainbow and Dolly Varden Trout, Grayling and Northern Pike, all this while watching the bears.
I would say the things that make us stand out from the rest of the lodges in South Central Alaska are that we own everything from the shuttle service to the fish processing. This means every moment of your fishing trip experience is catered to fit our client's needs. We are not like the other fishing excursion companies who contract out their fishing, lodging, processing and meals to the lowest bidder to make their money.
We fish for as many species as we can in a day and we fish ALL day. We hear a lot of excuses, such as the tide is too big; therefore, the fishing is "automatically" bad. Not us; we fish all day and we might start shallow, then work our way out. Then, we may drift when the current is strong. Our competitors come out late and by that time the tide is already turning and the current is getting faster. We never do that, if the current is moving too fast we drift or troll for salmon or other fish. Our trips are usually 8 to 12 hours depending on the weather and how long the clients want to be out there..
All parts of Alaska are beautiful, the scenery is incredible!
When you choose your trip to Alaska, ask a lot of questions. We have a page of answers to some of these questions for you.
* Will you be fishing more than one trip per day?
* What are the accommodations?
* Will you be staying in a lodge, condo, bed and breakfast (B&B) or in a cabin?
* Do you have to rent a car?
* Are your meals included?
* Is the fish processing done through a processor?
* Is the fish processing done where it may get mixed up, traded out with someone else's, or even commercially caught fish?
* Is there a limit on how much fish will be processed for you?
We take care of all of these things for you. We are all die-hard fishermen and avid hunters, that's what makes us different. For us, the only bad day is the last one of our season in mid-September.
Q: Where do I purchase my fishing license and how much does it cost?
A: Go to www.adfg.alaska.gov, then click on Sport Fishing. Then click Buy License Online; you’ll see all the options available. Your other option is to fill out the license part of the Pre-Arrival Packet and we will obtain the license for you.
Q: If I decide to rent a car and drive from Anchorage, what are the roads like, and how long will it take to get to Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge?
A: The scenery along the roads are beautiful. It is approximately 185 miles and will take about 3-1/2 – 4 hours, unless you stop to see the glacier, Turnagain Arm, with the 2nd largest tides in the world, or the wildlife viewing areas, the beautiful rivers, lakes and five volcanoes…then, it might take all day.
Q: Do I need to bring my own tackle?
A: No, all tackle, rods, reels, etc. are provided for you. However, if you rent a car and fish on your own at night, you may need to purchase some tackle. You can always bring your own rods, reels, etc., but check with us first to make sure you have the same type of line. This will ensure the lines are in sync when out on the boats.
Q: I’m on a special diet and allergic to certain foods. What should I do?
A: If you let us know in advance, we will have our chef prepare special menu items for you. Be sure to include your meal preferences and/or allergens when making your reservations.
Q: Are there a lot of insects near the Lodge?
A: At the lodge, and on the saltwater boats, there are very few insects. However, when you step into the brush or on our flyout trips, there are insects. We keep insect repellent on hand.
Q: Should I bring my own boots or rain gear?
A: If you have a favorite set, then sure, bring your own. But if you don’t have any, we provide these for you.
Q: Is there a laundry facility nearby?
A: Yes, there are coin-operated washers and dryers at the Lodge.
Q: I don’t need much fish; can I catch and release?
A: Of course! You can tell us how many pounds you want to take home and we’ll keep you informed on approximately how much meat you have processed.
Q: Who does the fish processing?
A: Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge processes all fish in-house. We filet, skin, cut (1 – 1-1/2 lbs.) pieces, vacuum pack, label, freeze and box all the fish (within your legal limits) that you want to take home.
Q: What is the weather like? Is it always raining?
A: Our summers are mild with temperatures ranging from 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit, which is normal, but we don’t receive much rain. If you check the www.weatherchannel.com, you’ll see that our annual precipitation is about 18.25 inches per year, as compared to other places in Alaska and British Columbia that receive 100-200+ inches annually.
Q: Do you have wireless internet (Wi-Fi) so I can check my email?
A: Yes, we do. We also have a desktop computer for guests to use during their stay. Our area also has 4G wireless service available.
Q: What are the expected gratuities?
A: We don’t have a set figure. Our staff work very hard for every guest. The preferred and more personal way to tip is to present it to the staff individually and the ones you don't normally see, like the housekeeper and dishwasher, envelopes and a list of staff are provided.
Q: Do you store regular guest’s clothing?
A: Yes, we will store our regular guest’s clothing and other articles in our heated shop for future trips with us.
Q: Is there a hospital nearby?
A: The Soldotna Hospital is about 45 minutes away and the Homer Hospital is about 30 minutes away. We have a great Volunteer/Ambulance/EMT program available in the community. In addition, our captains, and some staff, are First Aid and CPR certified. Lastly, we also have the US Coast Guard in Homer.
Captain, LeAnne and Captain Steve's Lodge Staff,
I just wanted to sincerely say thank you! I brought five old Fuddy Duds with me hoping to make them content with the trip. They were completely blown Away! LeAnne, when we met you at the show in Vegas you explained to us what the weather is like in early June that we might be cold, nope it was very warm and no rain! you told us that the halibut would be mixed sizes, more on the smaller size because we had extreme tides, nope, we had enough halibut the first two days we didn't even keep any after that and the king salmon fishing was fantastic, you didn't tell us we would do so well on them you said we would have an ok chance at catching some, yeah a couple each, every day we fished them! You said we would be fed well, Holycow! non of us expected to have a menu presented to us for what we wanted to eat, we all gained five plus pounds each! You said the Lodge is very comfortable, Yeah a 13 foot TV Screen with surround sound to watch our days fishing trip while we ate the most incredible soups and hours de vours before dinner, ( did I mention we all ate too much)! The couches just devoured you till you fall asleep, especially after a cocktail. Your Cook Pat was so accommodating, my Buddy has a strict diet or he gets sick, Pat made sure he had sterilized everything, I know because my Buddy never got sick, believe me you don't want to be around him when he's sick and can't hold back yesterday's meals if you know what I mean! Your housekeeper was fantastic, the guys were amazed on how clean our rooms were and the whole lodge, we never even saw her. Your processor, deckhands, office girl Kaylee and everyone else were just fantastic, kind and appreciative, you don't see young people who are so proud of their jobs anymore, until we wen't to your lodge. Now your Captain's, we fished with Chuck the first two days and just had so much fun fishing in shallow water, under fifty feet if I remember correctly. We fished there all day and caught lots of fish and just kept letting the smaller ones go until everyone caught two nice ones, the biggest was 198 pounds! that was exciting! Then we fished with Steve, he asked us what we wanted to fish for and we said King Salmon, he said it would probably be slow but we would fish hard for them, we did, we went to several different spots then caught limits, two each late in the day, we even chose to stay and have dinner later, the next day we went right to the spot and all the fish were nice sized and then caught thirty big black rockfish before we came in early. (because we were exhausted)!
Then the processing you all did was fantastic, we felt the fish before it was labled and put in the freezer, it was very cold. All our fish was perfectly froze when we got back to our homes in Vegas!
Anyways I just wanted to say thanks, tell LeAnne that she's a Sweatheart but she didn't tell us how incredible the trip to Captain Steve's really would be, don't understate yourselves, if you can impress the guys I brought with me you can pretty much impress anybody!
Thank you all once again for the most incredible trip to Alaska we have been on, see you year after next if were all around were getting up there.
The Hoffman Group
Captain Steve's Fishing Lodge-
Saying Thank you is long overdue. Your staff and fishing experience was awesome. The lodge and grounds are beautiful. I was amazed how hard and well your family and crew worked for your guests. We were pampered. The trip for me was once in a lifetime, so I can't express how fortunate I was to be able to come along with my friends. I asked another guests if they would return to Alaska for fishing and they said in a heartbeat!!! with your facility. (he had been two other times) So this shows, not only did I have an amazing trip, but we all did!!! What an amazing experience,
Just a note to say thanks to all of you for making our Alaska trip great!
Special thanks to Will and Anthony- you guys were awesome! (or in your lingo SICK!)I was thrilled that we basically got a non-smoking trip. We also enjoyed your employees Matt and Vinnie on the boat and Erik taking care of our fish! If you are in the area give me a call. I don't own a boat, but know a few guys that do and we would love to try to get you out there! I also love to be a tour guide especially hiking or biking!
We had a super time and the halibut is excellent.
Hope you are catching lots of fish-I'm heading to the Sierra's for some trout and hiking!
Greetings from hot and dry Texas! Our stay in beautiful Alaska just wasn't long enough-
We wanted to thank you all again for our memorable stay at your lodge. We enjoyed our time with your family and staff and we will urge others to stay and fish with you-
Hope you enjoy these pictures of all of us at your lodge for your "scrapbook of life".
Thank you again- we had a great time-
Bob, Sue, Tim and Jeannette G.
Dear Steve and LeAnne,
Thank you so much for the delicious halibut. We defrosted two packages the second night Royce was home and shared it with friends who'd loved it served as deep fried cubes. He'd bought a new fryer just for this fish!
I've fixed it for us once since then and can't thank you enough for being so generous.
Hope your season is a huge success.
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Alaska and especially our time at Captain Steve's Fishing Lodge. Your operation is first class and that includes all the staff at the lodge. The food was so good I know we will be starting our diets now that we are back home.
thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family during our stay. Thank you for sharing your beautiful lodge and home with us and also enjoying your wonderful family.
we are anxiously looking forward to a return trip in the near future.
Thank you once again,
Thank you Steve, Chuck, LeAnne, Hunter and the rest of the staff for making me feel like a part of the family and taking care of the old man. Special thank you to Steve and Chuck for the education and taking the time to teach me how to fish your fishery. I had a great time and will be back next year if my health allows.
Have a good summer!