Fishing Resort, or Local Accommodation?

When coming to a fishing town for a vacation, you’re faced with a number of options. What type of fishing do you want to do? How many days? More importantly, where do you want to stay? There are so many combinations and ways to do a fishing trip – remote resorts, just the fishing, all-inclusive… How do you choose? Let’s take a look at staying at a resort rather than local accommodation as a place to start.



A fishing resort is the ultimate, outdoorsman’s getaway. Whether that means being flown out to a remote lodge in the middle of nowhere, or having your charter put you up in their local resort, they take care of every aspect of your trip. You’ll likely be surrounded by other fishermen, all there for the same reason as you. This is a great option for anyone who lives, breathes, sleeps and eats fishing, especially if it’s a remote lodge. Knowing all you have to do is show up is also a great perk, and makes the planning aspect as easy as picking dates, paying and arriving.

All of this sounds great, but there are some things to consider when planning to book a resort. First, you’ll want to find out what the accommodation is like. If you want to cook your own meals, or prefer something less rustic than your classic lodge, you may need to find a different charter. Plus, if you were hoping to do other things, or talk about something other than fishing when you aren’t on the water, you may want to book into a place where you can hit the town, or that caters to people other than those there to fish. Another thing to think about is whether or not you want to be able to cook your own meals. For some, cooking on holiday is hardly a holiday, for others, eating dinners made for them every night is basically a nightmare, especially with special dietary needs, or picky eaters.

Finally, booking a resort that’s all-inclusive can be expensive. If you’d rather save your money on meals, choose a different type of accommodation and pick a shorter fishing trip, then taking care of your own accommodation, or selecting a charter that has different accommodation options may be the way to go.


Local Accommodation

Some charters, like, offer different levels of packages, so that you can budget accordingly based on the accommodation type you want. Rather than a remote resort, or private charter lodge, they book you into local accommodation that suits your needs. This can be a great option if you have party members that don’t want to go fishing, or have different needs and desires in terms of accommodation. It also means, in some cases, you’ll have your own kitchen and are free to try out that restaurant you’ve heard great things about. You won’t see the same faces every day that only want to talk about whose fish was bigger, and you can maybe even pick a place that has a pool.

However, if you’re staying in local accommodation, you may be expected to get yourself to the marina. Plus, they may book up over the days you were hoping to go fish, and depending on the size of your group, you may need to book multiple rooms, or different places if one is full. Sometimes, it can be complicated to get it to all work out.

So, depending on your needs, desires for fishing and your other party members, finding a charter just for a day trip and taking care of your own accommodation, having them book you in locally, or enjoying a scenic flight to a destination resort could all be great options. Hopefully, you’ve discovered some things to consider and are better prepared to make your decision.


By the way, if you’re looking for great salmon fishing experiences, consider checking out Vancouver Island –

More specifically, Ucluelet on the west coast is starting to get a reputation as great as Alaska’s for chinook (king) salmon fishing. Check out Ucluelet here:

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