The Emerald Island is our 91' floating "fish camp", anchored in a beautiful cove just 5-10 minutes from the most productive and unexploited fishing grounds in Southeast Alaska. 

Unlike fishing from a shore-based lodge, located many miles away from any good fishing, you will NOT have to travel everyday to and from the fishing grounds from the lodge… you are already there!

The Emerald Island has two 30-37’ charter vessels ready to get your fishing day started an hour or two before most of the other lodges’ guests arrive on the fishing grounds! If you fish with us, you also can choose to stay out an hour or two later than all the other charter boats because they have to spend an hour, or two, transiting back to their lodges. This will provide you with 2 to 4 extra hours of fishing every day!

As all experienced fishermen know, fishing early before the rest of the “crowd” shows up, is a great advantage. Many times, the halibut fishing builds to a crescendo of bigger fish in the late afternoon, or the silvers start biting… aaahhhh! Just when it is time to head back to the lodge!

The extra time, and the flexibility to fish when the fish are actually biting, will provide you with vastly better fishing, resulting in bigger and better catches!

There is no comparable Alaska Saltwater fishing experience!


The Emerald Island is a ruggedly built 91' steel vessel that can accommodate up to 10 fishing guests at a time. Each guest has their own private stateroom.


The only way way to ensure that you have great fishing success is to go where the best fishing is… and spend as much time as possible fishing!

Hard to argue with that, right?

The Emerald Island Mothership Experience is the only charter fishing operation in Alaska that not only puts you onto the very best proven fishing but also allows you to spend more time doing just that… fishing!


Our multi-day fishing packages include:
  • Round-trip transportation from Juneau, AK by seaplane or our high-speed passenger ferry 'Highliner Express'
  • Fully guided 10+ hour days of multi-species fishing adventure
  • All delicious meals prepared by our chef
  • Best in the industry care for your catch with professional fish processing back at our shoreside lodge in Pelican
  • Quality rain gear, fishing gear, bait and tackle (travel light and expect to bring lots of fish home!)
  • Comfortable private stateroom with heater, desk, and attached bathroom which is shared by the guest in adjacent room
  • Spacious, safe, and well-equipped fishing boats 30-37' in length

Exclusive benefits to staying on the Emerald Island

  • The same incredible fishing experience you expect from the Highliner Lodge boats and captains, but with an added 2-4 hours of fishing each day!
  • You do not have to spend 2 hours a day transiting to and from the fishing grounds
  • Groups of 8-10 will have exclusive use of the 91' Emerald Island and two charter boats
  • You will fish from an extraordinary secluded location with drop dead gorgeous views
  • You will have the flexibility to fish early and/or stay out later

What could be better after an incredible day of fishing than coming back to a gourmet meal and at our shoreside lodge in Pelican? Not much... except perhaps, staying on the water and watching the sun retreat over the Gulf of Alaska from the cozy saloon of the Emerald Island, surrounded by a pristine and wild landscape that few are fortunate enough to lay eyes upon. The troubles of civilization will seem a world away as our chef prepares a delicious dinner, toasts are made to the efforts and memories made today, and plans begin to brew for a fresh new day ahead.

Target Species

Silver (Coho) Salmon

King (Chinook) Salmon


Black Cod (Sablefish)

Pacific Halibut



We catch king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, and various other species all in the same day! The Highliner Lodge offers access to the most productive and unexploited sport-fishing in Alaska. Nowhere else in Alaska (or the world) can you find such an abundance of sport fish!

If you think that this is just more of the usual unsubstantiated and outlandish claims that all so-called "sport fishing lodges" make… please do yourself a favor and carefully read the catch rates page of our website. I am confident that you will find compelling evidence that our claims are fully justified and that you will choose the Emerald Island Mothership and/or Highliner Lodge as your next sport fishing destination!

Getting Here
To get to Emerald Island Mothership Experience, you will fly into Juneau, Alaska, where you will connect with a float plane to transport you and your fishing buddies to Highliner Lodge in Pelican, about 90 miles west of the state capital. We will make all of the arrangements for you from the Juneau Airport. All you have to do is get yourself there on one of the many daily flights from Seattle.
Once you're in the city of Pelican, on remote Chichagof Island, you will be a world away from the industrial tourism and overfishing that have ruined so many once wild locations in Alaska. The Highliner Lodge byline is "Closest to the Fish!" for a reason, as it is located only about 45 minutes from the best fishing grounds in all of Alaska. A stay on the Emerald Island however, will put you even closer to the fish!
On the Emerald Island, you will enjoy some of the same comforts that you'd find in our land-based operation, such as great meals and a hot shower at the end of the day, but it's not your typical resort vacation or spa-like retreat. The emphasis is on the actual fishing… epic fishing that you will remember for a lifetime!

Emerald Island at Anchor near fishing grounds