Fishing in Simpson Bay, Alaska

Fishing in Simpson Bay, Alaska
Simpson Bay, Alaska, is located between Cordova and Valdez in Prince William Sound. Fishermen and anglers head to the waters of the bay and surrounding coves for the bountiful salmon and halibut opportunities. Silver and king salmon are frequently sought in Simpson Bay. The deep and cold waters of the sound provide prime habitat for the bottom-dwelling halibut. Black cod are fished in the area commercially and for sport. There are several fishing charters from Valdez and Cordova that offer trips into Simpson Bay. Out-of-state anglers need to have a valid Alaska fishing license which can be purchased in Valdez, Cordova or online through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Ravencroft Lodge

Ravencroft Lodge is based outside of Valdez on Prince William Sound. In addition to the lodge and hospitality services, Ravencroft offers guided fishing throughout the sound. Trips into Simpson Bay can be arranged and chartered through the lodge office. Trips include all beverages, snacks and meals, fishing gear and tackle, foul-weather gear and guides. Salmon, halibut, rockfish and cod are all possible during fishing charters in the bay. There are filet, smoking and shipping services available in Valdez. Watch for orcas, sea lions, harbor seals, humpback whales and bald eagles during trips into Simpson Bay.

Ravencroft Lodge
P.O. Box 246
Valdez, AK 99686
907-748-5752
ravencroftlodge.com

Orion Charters

Orion Charters depart out of Valdez Harbor. Fishing trips into Simpson Bay can be arranged with Orion. Halibut, salmon, rockfish, cod and salmon shark fishing is possible with the guides of Orion Charters. Charters include snacks, lunches, non-alcoholic beverages, fishing rods, reels and tackle and use of foul-weather gear. Your daily catch can be filleted, smoked, vacuum sealed, frozen and mailed from Valdez Harbor. Orion Charters has pre-set scheduled 12-hour halibut and salmon shark fishing trips as well as custom charters.

Orion Charters
P.O. Box 3577
Valdez, AK 99686
907-835-8610
orioncharters.com

Alaska West Air

Alaska West Air offers fly-in fishing guide service and air charters. Custom trips in Simpson Bay can be arranged with the air service. Trips can include fishing gear as needed and meals, snacks, drinks and foul-weather gear. Guides and plane service are part of the whole fishing package. Flights can be arranged to depart from Nikiski, or custom departure cities such as Cordova or Valdez. Day and multi-day trips can be arranged and booked with Alaska West Air. Watch for grizzly bear, moose, mountain goat and black bear during flights to the sound.

Alaska West Air
P.O. Box 8553
Nikiski, AK 99635
907-776-5147
alaskawestair.com

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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