What to Expect

By June, the days are long in Sitka as morning starts with a hearty breakfast. A short trip to the dock at daybreak is met with soaring eagles and one of the most magnificent and stunning vistas in the world. Snow-capped peaks rise three thousand feet from the ocean as boats cut the inside waters skirting island passages as they make their way west to the fish.

Expect to spend 20 minutes to an hour running to the fishing grounds. Horizon West Guides fish where the fish are so the run varies depending on where the schools of salmon are concentrated. No worries, you'll spend that time taking in the Alaska that people dream to experience. A dozen varieties of sea birds, sea lions, a breaching whale or playful Dall's Porpoise are just a few of sights we encounter each trip. We may be rewarded with a bear or orca... every day's a little different.

The trip to the fish is energizing and sets the stage for the remarkable experience we're excited to share with you.

The fishing's world-class. We're fortunate to have the feed and proximity we do that pulls huge schools of fish into the area. We have all five species of salmon but most of the attention is given to Chinook (king) and Coho (silver) salmon.

Generally, we'll start your day fishing salmon. If that's the case we'll arm you with our mooching gear that allows you to hold the rod, feel the bite, set the hook and fight the fish. You're fishing from start to finish. It's your arms that will get sore not ours' as you face the challenge of ocean fresh salmon that fight with storied ferocity --- fish after fish after fish.


This is what fishing in Alaska is all about.

Our deep water fishery for halibut is world-renowned too. From "barn doors" to "chickens" we have fish that range from tackle-busters that will take you to your knees to prime cuisine that put up quite a battle but are even better on the barbeque.

We include a deli-style lunch every day along with beverages. It's a full day on the water too. We generally leave at first light (5:00 AM from the docks) and return to port around 3:30 in the afternoon. Trust us, you'll sleep well every night.

Your Horizon West trip isn't over when the boat's back in the harbor. We'll take care of your catch while you clean up at the lodge, maybe take a nap or stroll along the waterfront.


Horizon West trips also include the use of our complimentary cars that are available for local sight-seeing or a trip into town. Sitka's a wonderful destination filled with native culture, shops, great restaurants, nature trails and remarkable diversity.


You'll want to take it all in when you're here --- it's a big part of what makes Horizon West trips so special.

Great fishing and a fabulous destination --- Sitka, Alaska and Horizon West Guides are the ideal combination for your trip of a lifetime. Enjoy the Alaska dream, experience it fully through Horizon West Guides --- your gateway to the best fish in Alaska, and your complete Alaskan adventure!

Custom-built 30' Coldwater boats are the ultimate platform to enjoy these waters. Sure, stable, safe and ideally built and laid out for this fishery, we spared no expense in making sure each of his fleet of boats was perfect. There's ample deck space and with 10' of beam, plenty of interior space, so everyone has ample elbow room. The cabins in these boats are heated and feature bathrooms for your comfort. In short, these are fishing machines, designed specifically to catch fish in Alaska.

Meet The Captains

James Hollingshead

James started as a deckhand with Horizon West in the summer of 2009, and became a Captain in 2012. His passion for fishing started at a young age and has grown into a full-time obsession. When he’s not guiding for us in Alaska he can be found drifting for steelhead on the Snake River in Idaho or towing his bass boat to tournaments all over the Northwest. James is originally from Lewiston, Idaho but now resides in Clarkston, Washington with his fiancé Stephanie.

Kyle Parks

Kyle is another one of the Idaho boys. He started working on the Snake River right out of high school and has been in the fishing business ever since. We got Kyle as a deckhand in 2011 and he earned his Captain spot in 2015. Kyle is an accomplished angler and the life of the party. Rest assured if you find yourself on his boat, you’re going to have a good time. In the off-season Kyle works for a boat builder in Lewiston, Idaho and now calls Clarkston, Washington his home.

Dylan Reinhardt

Dylan is our first Captain with roots in Sitka. His family moved from Palisade Colorado when he was a teenager and he graduated from Sitka High School in 2014.  He started with Horizon West in 2016 and spent three summers learning the ins and outs of this fishery from our veteran Captains. We are excited to have him running a boat for us this year and are confidant in his ability to provide a quality experience while putting you on the fish. In the off-season Dylan is studying to become a Nurse at Colorado Mesa University.

Trevon Sater

Trevon is the newest member of the Horizon West team, but he is no stranger to this fishery. He started working on his father’s commercial troller at the age of 12 and at 17 got a job deckhanding with another charter operation in Sitka. We have shared the dock with Trevon for the past 5 seasons and got to know him well. We have no doubt that he is a perfect fit for our operation and look forward to working with him. In the off season Trevon lives in Olympia Washington with his wife Hannah and attends South Puget Sound Community College for a degree in Business Management.

Ben Weiland

Captain Ben started as a fish processor in the summer of 1995. He then deckhanded for his brother, Captain Chris for the next 3 years learning the waters around Sitka before earning his captain’s license in 1999. Ben joined the crew of Horizon West in 2000 and is now the most tenured member of the team. When he is not fishing, he teaches high school biology and environmental science in New Jersey. He is married to his wife, Kelly and they have two daughters, Nina and Clare.


Horizon West 

Sitka, Alaska

(907) 747-7976

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