Welcome to the Highliner Lodge & Charters website.
Everyone claims to be the "best"? Where we have rivals, those destinations are now-a-days crushed by tourism. If you can get there by car, RV or cruise ship...If you can land a jet there...then it will be like any other so called "world class" fishing destination... over-hyped, over-crowded, over-fished and under-whelming.
Location, Location, Location! Salmon & halibut migrate from the West to the East. Because it is so inaccessible, there is almost no fishing in the 450 mile area directly in front of this migratory path (purple area marked “unfished”). We are the first in line. We like to say we are “Closest to the Fish!” This is why our halibut are 3 times larger than Sitka, Seward and Homer! Our halibut average 45 pounds... their’s average only 15 pounds. This is because our fishing grounds are NOT over fished! (The table in upper right hand corner of the chart is blown up below for a better view of the average halibut weights). Our halibut are counted in the Glacier Bay area. I have highlighted Yakutat because they also fish in this unexploited area and that's why they have the second largest halibut in the state.
If you're not catching fish, shouldn't you change your location? Formerly great fishing areas do get fished out. Regulations change to protect the few remaining fish. (Google: Local Depletion Sitka) Did you think that fish are evenly distributed throughout the ocean, and it doesn't matter where you fish? I'm sorry to say this but, if you do… you aren't much of a fishermen. I have done nothing but fish for a living for almost 40 years and I want to tell you a secret... LOCATION is the single most important factor in catching salmon and halibut! “See our Catch Rates!” webpage.
We have a spectacular view of the boat harbor, Lisianski Inlet and the gorgeous snow capped mountains! The boat harbor is at our front door.
Our only road is a 12 foot wide wooden boardwalk! Away from cruise ships and airports, some say that Pelican is the undiscovered gem of southeast Alaska! However, the Highliner Lodge has been "discovered"… we have grown by 80%, 20% and 96% in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively. We only started in 2005 with zero business. Remember this is during the Great Recession! My accountant says that we must be doing something right!
Gee, what happened??? Well, we got discovered! Don’t worry, most of this “crowd” is me... again and again... I’m just having too much fun (with Photoshop)! A big crowd at the lodge is just 20 guests.
Incredible fishing and unparalleled beauty; this combination will make your stay at the Highliner Lodge unforgettable! Pelican, an authentic, rustic, rootin-tootin’ commercial fishing village, was pioneered in 1938 to process the seemingly boundless runs of salmon and halibut caught by the Highliners who fished in these nearby waters. Where? Where the fish are! (Location, location, location!) Pelican claimed to be “Closest to the fish” in those days. We are still indisputably "Closest to the Fish!" today!
Please see our "CATCH RATES" page for proof.