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Fishing in Valdez

An August 2006 trip to Valdez by daph24ne

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Quote: When we moved to Alaska, one goal I set was to catch a big fish. The weekend before Labor Day, my husband and I traveled to Valdez, AK, to go fishing with some guys he knew from work. And . . . I caught my big fish!

Fishing in Valdez

Overview

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In visiting Valdez, you will find that it is a quaint Alaskan fishing village. As such, one of the best things to do there is fish. Other great activities include taking a glacier cruise or hiking on one of the local trails. There is also a museum there that gives a lot of local history and discusses the Valdez earthquake. These are really the only things to do in Valdez. It does have a couple of small gift shops, but there really isn't much shopping there.

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There is not public transportation in Valdez. You will need a car.

Totem Inn

Hotel | "The Totem Inn"

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Similar to other places in Alaska, you will have a hard time finding a cheap place to stay in Valdez. The Totem Inn has a great location, particularly if you'll be going fishing or taking a glacier cruise, as it is within walking distance from the docks. You won't have difficulty finding it as the business "hub" of the town is all located downtown, near the docks. The Totem Inn is definitely not the Ritz, and is probably more comparable to a Super 8 than even a Best Western. We paid $119/night (this is the Alaskan resident rate) for our motel room, and while it certainly wouldn't be worth that much down in the lower 48, we thought it was fine for our purposes. A real plus to the Totem Inn ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2006

Totem Inn
144 East Egan
Valdez, Alaska 99686
(907) 835-4443

D.R.L. Enterprises Charter

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Attraction | "Something's Fishy Charter"

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This was our first time going fishing in Valdez, and this charter was sort of our plan B. We went to Valdez with a fellow my husband works with. He had been fishing in Valdez before and set up a fishing charter for all of us to go on several weeks earlier with a captain he knew. Unfortunately, a few days before we left, he received a phone call from the captain telling him that his boat was being repaired, and he wouldn't be able to take us fishing. As a result, we contacted "Easy Freeze" there in Valdez. They book charters there, and it was through them that we went fishing with "Something's Fishy". Personally, I wouldn't go with this guy again. The captain's name was Rick, and his boat's name was...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 2, 2006

D.R.L. Enterprises Charter
Easy Freeze
Valdez, Alaska

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This charter is owned and operated by Captain Don Lattimer and his wife. We found them a joy to fish with and would go back in a heartbeat. As I mentioned in my posting of the other charter we went with, we found these guys through the Easy Freeze business, located near the docks in Valdez. Among other things, they also book charters at Easy Freeze, and for our second day, we were booked with this company. Our boat was the Tse Guya, and although it was a little older than the boat we went on the day before, we thought it was great. The biggest difference was our captain. He was professional and a very nice guy. To me, it felt like going fishing with my grandpa. He would cheer you on when you caught a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2006

D.R.L. Enterprises Charter
Easy Freeze
Valdez, Alaska