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Why the Northwest is the Best Fishing Region on Earth

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While there are many places in our vast world where fishing and sportfishing pursuits are common, some stand out compared to others. And if you surveyed 1,000 fishers who have been to many of the world's best fishing spots, we're betting you'd get one answer above any others for their top choice: The Northwest part of North America, including everything from the upper Western United States through British Columbia and up to Alaska.

At Pybus Point Lodge, we're proud to call one small part of the Northwest our home: Pybus Bay, one of the most beautiful and secluded fishing and wildlife locations in the entire region. Why do we and many others on this part of the map feel like the Northwest is far and away the best area of the world for fishing and sportfishing activities? Here are several major reasons.

Size and Variety of Fish

While scenery and ambiance are huge factors we'll get to in a moment, serious fishers care most about the fish they'll have available -- and no region of the world can top the Northwest in this area. There are at least 35 different species of fish common to Idaho's waterways alone. That's an incredible selection for anyone, but when you realize the Northwest region of North America has more than 200 types of fish in its waters -- including salmon, steelhead, bass, trout, catfish and even saltwater fish like halibut -- it really is tough to top this part of the world as a champion among fishers.

In addition, the fish in these areas are known for their incredible size and beauty. Sockeye salmon, steelhead and four species of Pacific salmon run wild here in some of the most plentiful numbers anywhere on Earth, meaning you have a good chance of catching one every time you head out for a day on the water.

Types of Fishing Available

Another major plus of fishing in the Northwest is the wide range of fishing options available. While freshwater fishing is the top choice for many fishers, saltwater and inshore fishing can be phenomenal in this region as well. Halibut and deep sea fish like tuna and swordfish are available, despite the fact that you'll likely need a guide to find them due to their enormous size.

And no matter what type of fishing you choose in this area, virtually any gear will be usable in the Northwest. While some fish are incredibly tough to hook and land without very specific gear, most fish can be caught with either spinning or conventional rods and reels. This makes it easy for fishers of all skill levels to find success in this part of the world.

Scenery and Ambiance

The incredible size of the fish, variety of species available and high level of fishing activity in this part of the world might make you think that's all there is to it. In reality, though, this is only part of the picture -- and the surroundings are just as important to many fishers.

Northwestern waters are home to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Pybus Bay, for example, is nearly entirely surrounded by forest-covered mountains that create a stunning backdrop for any fishing excursion you plan here. And this beauty is no accident -- conservation efforts have helped keep these waterways clean and thriving for years.

And of course, this is without discussing the glaciers, waterfalls and other stunning natural sights. For fishers who are looking for a little more than just fish when they head out, the Northwest is one of the best places to go on Earth.

In addition, the sociable nature of Northwestern fishers adds a lot to the experience as well. If you're new to an area or just want some advice on where to find the best fishing and how to make the most of your time here, local guides and fishers are quick to meet up with newcomers and help them find success in their sport.


Many fishers are also very interested in seeing some of nature's most impressive wildlife, and the Northwest once again has the upper hand on this front. Salmon and steelhead returning to spawn after a long run upriver is one of nature's great spectacles, while seeing bears and other animals in their native habitats while fishing never grows old.

You'll also see several other forms of wildlife on our tours, including orcas, seals, sea lions, humpback whales and many others. These are all creatures that will help you understand just what makes fishing in the Northwest so special.

Always Something to Do

Even for the most serious fishers, there may be a day or two during your fishing trip where you want to do something else, even for just a few hours. And while some other fishing locations around the globe offer very few other options, the Northwest once again stands alone as a premier place to stay busy.

For starters, many of the cities in the Northwest offer fun and exciting nightlife to keep yourself occupied after you're done fishing for the day. Seattle is known to be one of America's most vital music cities, while other smaller towns like Port Hardy on Vancouver Island also have plenty of things to do on their respective nights.

The Northwest also stands out because of the large number of opportunities for outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting are all common pursuits in this region, while some towns are especially famous for their fishing-focused hiking trails that allow fishers to get closer to the water.

For more on why the Northwest is such a unique location for fishing, or to book a beautiful fishing or wildlife trip in Alaska today, speak to the staff at Pybus Point Lodge.

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Discover why people like you can’t stop talking about Pybus Point Lodge. More than 30 years ago, the lodge opened as a simple fishing camp, drawing a devoted following in spite of basic accommodations. With new owners and experienced captains and crew, our corner of Alaska has become an unbeatable fishing and eco-tourism resort.

Andrea Tate

Incredible Experience!

Pybus Point Lodge has some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I mean absolutely breathtaking! In addition to the amazing fishing, I hiked to a beautiful secluded lake, soaked in some hot pots, saw several waterfalls, went whale watching, saw bears and all kinds of wildlife and marine life. As a photographer, photographing a wedding under a waterfall will remain a highlight of my life.

Shirley Johnson

Pybus Point Lodge - WOW!

We had the best time! This was our first visit to Pybus, but it definitely will not be our last. The stunning scenery, amazing fishing experience, and the joy of meeting new friends – all outstanding! We did not want to leave!!! If you are thinking about this trip – don’t think any more, just book it. You will not regret it!!!

Sharon Hedding

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had such an amazing time the staff was so wonderful and the lodge was fantastic! capt Joe was so helpful and always doing what ever he could do to make each day special. a special thank you to both Scott and Jody for taking the time to make us feel like family. can't wait to go back next year

Jason Nielsen

Wonderful and Magical Place

We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery. I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

Brandon Foote

We brought home 100lbs of fish!

My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

Kent Danjanovich

Fun in Alaska

This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.


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