We believe in conserving our resources and to prove it we introduced the Whaler’s Cove Lodge Great Halibut Giveaway in 2011 and we carry on the tradition today with our Summer Long Halibut Tournament for the largest Halibut released!

Federal halibut regulations require that any halibut caught on a guided vessel between specific measurements must be released. This is an effort to leave the active breeding stock and retain only (the better eating up to 50lb average) halibut, while still allowing an angler to keep a trophy fish.  NOAA announces the regulations annually each spring.  “Guided Sport Halibut Fishing, Area 2C”

The choice is yours if you happen to hook up a monster (roughly 276 lbs).  Keep it for bragging rights, or release it for a chance at a free return all-inclusive trips at Whaler’s Cove Lodge!

Join us!  Hook up a Monster, let it go, and tell the tale!

2024 Prizes!

1st Prize – 2 FREE, 4-Day Fully Guided Trips

2nd Prize – 2 FREE, 3-Day Fully Guided Trips

3rd Prize – 2 for 1 – 4 Day Fully Guided Trips

Tournament brackets will be posted and updated at the Guest Services Desk throughout the summer.

Weekly largest halibut that are caught and released but are not large enough to win a bracket in the tournament, will receive a “Conservation Prize”.

Winners to be Announced at breakfast (Alaska time) on the last day of the Season, each year!  No need to be present to win, we will call you and then mail you your prize!

Awards are Non-Transferable.

The Founder’s Club logo is a Dog Salmon in honor of Richard Powers, the original Founder and current Host of Whaler’s Cove Lodge. He was adopted into the Dog Salmon Clan in Angoon in the early 1970’s.

Thank you to all of our guests who have made Whaler’s Cove Lodge what it is today!

Join the Founder's Club!

Unique Opportunities: The Founder’s Club was established in 2014 to show our appreciation to our long term guests who have contributed to the success of the lodge by paying full retail price for 5 trips. These guests have shown their loyalty and enthusiasm for the lodge year after year and we are honored to give back.

Founder’s Club membership is granted to a guest who has made 5 trips to the lodge and personally paid the full retail, adult rates for those five trips. You will become a Founder upon your 6th trip.

  • The final year to earn an exclusive Founder’s Club Membership is 2027.  In other words, your 5th full paid trip must be completed by the end of year 2027.

1. *Lifetime 10% discount on all Founder trips
2. Additional 50 lbs box of processed and packaged fish; fish caught by Founder.
3. Personalized Memorabilia

*Discount cannot be stacked or added to other discounts. If a Founder wins a 2-for-1 Halibut Give-Away, for example, they can enjoy the free trip, then the following year enjoy their Founder’s Club discount. Benefits are non-transferrable; they are to be earned and enjoyed by the Founder.

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