Ready for Action? Last Minute Details!


Ready for Action? Last Minute Details!

By Waterfall Resort, Posted 6/13/2024

The 2024 sportfishing season at Waterfall Resort Alaska has kicked off!  Guides and crew have been here weeks preparing for the first arriving guests who have been arriving this last week.

Our guides having been hauling in the first king salmon of the season for the King of King Salmon Tournament. (Be sure to read the news article about mooching to get ahead of the curve on technique, especially if you’re new to fishing Alaska.)

The weather is warming into our normal daytime temperatures in the mid-60s with evening rains, just the kind the fish seem to come alive in and start biting. Be ready for the midnight sun. Those sunsets can be spectacular, and believe it or not, you won’t have trouble staying up to see them.  There’s something about the fresh, clean air and surrounding beauty that will fuel you.

If you’re a first-time guest, here are a few suggestions to help prepare you:

  • FIRST and foremost, be sure to complete your Registration now so we have all the information needed to assure we’re ready for you the moment you arrive at Ketchikan airport.
  • Check out our Packing List on our website to assure you’re prepared.
  • Purchase a bonus halibut tag, so you can keep a halibut of any size!
  • Be sure to bring your camera. You’ll want to take photos almost continually, and we encourage it. In fact, please go to our web page about the Guest Photo Contest. We encourage everyone to enter.
  • Before you leave home, read our guest travel information page. It gives you helpful tips, so you know what to expect in advance of arriving and what to do upon arrival.
  • If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe for SMS texting. We’ll send you updates on the daily King of the Day (KOD) winners and day of arrival info.
  • For onshore activities:
    • Visit the Lagoon Saloon to play pool, poker, ping pong or simply swap big fish stories with other guests. Ask Ron, the bartender, for one of his specialty drinks
    • For golfers, try our 165 yard drive across the lagoon to the green where likely you’ll see deer and bear grazing. Balls are available in the General Store.
    • Take a mile walk to our namesake waterfall. Deer and bears, both, step aside on the forest path to allow visitors to continue their trek, passing historic cannery structures, forest, and ocean inlets. Be sure to take your camera for those stunning sunsets, ocean and wildlife photo opps.
    • Check out the binders in our office lobby next to the General Store. You’ll see volumes of our history as one of the largest canneries in Alaska plus enjoy some fun stories about the people and animals.
    • In the General Store, you may find some interesting gifts to take home or even use while fishing.

It promises to be an exceptional season, and everything is coming together beautifully, including our new cabins. We so enjoy sharing this exceptional experience with everyone, no matter age or needs. Our goal is for you to take home the best memories yet!

Let's go fishing!