Join ASE Resorts in Reno, NV!

  It’s the final stop on this winter’s expo tour – Reno, NV! We’ll be at the Reno Outdoor Sports & Recreation Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center next week! The show begins on Friday, March 25th at 11am. If you are planning an Alaskan fishing vacation, or just have a few questions about Ketchikan, please drop by our booth in Reno and say hello!

On The Road Again

Win a Fishing Package at the Fred Hall Show!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions is on the road again, and Southern California is our next stop. We’ll be at the Fred Hall Show taking place March 9 through 13 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This show is among the largest in the western U.S., and the 2011 Fred Hall Show will see an expanded selection of hunting, shooting and camping exhibits. Be sure to drop by the ASE booth for your chance to win a four-day / four-night self-guided fishing package to Clover Pass Resort in beautiful Ketchikan, AK.

Congratulations to Cori V of Denver!!

Cori V is our Denver Trip Winner!!!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions has been on the road this winter, visiting Denver, Phoenix, and Sacramento so far. At each stop, we have had the good fortune to meet many new friends like Cori, who joined our mailing list and entered herself into a drawing for a four-day/four-night trip to Clover Pass Resort. We want to thank everyone that dropped by the booth at the Colorado Sportsman Show in Denver. We also want to congratulate Cori on being our lucky winner!!

Congratulations to our trip winner in Sacramento!

Congratulations to Cathy F!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions has been on the road this winter, visiting Denver, Phoenix, and Sacramento so far. At each stop, we have had the good fortune to meet many new friends like Cathy, who joined our mailing list and entered herself into a drawing for a four-day/four-night trip to Clover Pass Resort. We want to thank everyone that dropped by the booth at the California Sportsman Show in Sacramento. We also want to congratulate Cathy on being our lucky winner!!


ASE Announces the Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic at Clover Pass Resort!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions has announced dates for its 1st Annual “Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic” at Clover Pass Resort. The fishing event and tournament will be held August 10-15, 2011 at the resort located on Clover Passage north of Ketchikan.

Ladies will be introduced to their Alaskan fishing experience with a day of guided fishing in the waters surrounding the resort. This will be followed by two days of self-guided fishing for salmon, halibut, and bottom fish from one of Clover Pass Resort’s 20’ covered aluminum Thunder Jet boats. The ladies will spend their final day of fishing in a Thunder Jet for a one day Pink Salmon fishing tournament.

The event will include fishing-related workshops designed to not only introduce Southeast Alaska fishing techniques to potential first-time fisherwomen, but to also improve the techniques of ladies that have extensive experience fishing in Alaska. (See below for detailed Schedule of Events)

Entry fees for the event are $1,750 per person. Ten percent of each entry fee will be donated to charity, with five percent being donated towards breast cancer research, and the other five percent being donated to the derby winner’s charity of choice. Included with each entry fee is five night’s accommodations, ground transfers to and from the resort, all meals, one day of guided fishing, three days boat rental, bait and tackle, and fish processing for each person’s catch. In addition, each participant will receive fishing workshops, dockside demonstrations by the resort’s world-class staff, a pedicure, a thirty-minute massage, and a Ketchikan welcome basket.

In addition to directing half of the charity proceeds, the lucky lady who lands the largest Pink Salmon will also take home a pink rod & reel combo and win a free trip to next year’s contest to defend her title. Other prizes will be awarded for largest Silver Salmon and for the most cumulative weight by boat.

“We have been trying to put all of the pieces of this trip together for a few years and are happy that things have finally come together,” said Russell Thomas, Clover Pass Resort General Manager. “This tournament will not only raise money for some well-deserving charities but will also give the ladies plenty of opportunity to catch some wonderful fish, build relationships with friends, and experience the magic Alaska has to offer. We see the workshops and activities surrounding the tournament as an opportunity for women that may have mistakenly convinced themselves their skill level would not allow them to fish in Alaska the opportunity to get hands-on instruction from knowledgeable professionals in the industry and to break down any barriers that may have existed prior to the trip.”

Raising money for breast cancer awareness and research was also a focal point of organizing the event.  Russell’s mother, Pam, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003.  Thanks to early detection and fantastic medical care, she is living cancer free. Russell’s grandmother and aunt are also breast cancer survivors.  “This cause has always been important to our family and to our team at Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions.  But after watching family members and friends struggle with the difficulties of this disease, the work becomes much more personal.”

Clover Pass Resort is one of the longest operating fishing lodges in the State of Alaska, opening its doors in the early 1950’s. The resort is located on the road system about 12 miles north of downtown Ketchikan and on the shores of Clover Passage, a corridor for salmon returning to their spawning grounds each summer. All five types of pacific salmon, halibut, rock fish, and ling cod are available in the waters around Ketchikan. The resort has capacity for 60 guests, with a restaurant, marina, and RV park.

“Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic”

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 10

Arrive Ketchikan

Check In

Sightseeing Tour

Opening Reception / Orientation

Thursday, August 11

A Day of Guided Fishing

Evening Workshop: Salmon Fishing Seminar with Misty & Louise Pattison

Friday, August 12

Self Guided Fishing from 20’ Thunder Jet Boat

Evening Workshop: Knot Tying Class with Jeremy Merrill

Saturday, August 13

Self Guided Fishing from 20’ Thunder Jet Boat

Evening Workshop: Cooking Demonstration

Sunday, August 14

1st Annual Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic

Self-Guided Fishing Derby

Weigh In

Evening: Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Monday, August 15

Check Out

Depart Ketchikan

ASE Resorts Visits Phoenix!

The Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions team is in Phoenix this weekend at the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show.  Michael Briggs will be sharing the Five Reasons Most People Take The Wrong Vacations, an independently-researched report generated for ASE Resorts by Empire Research Group.  The report details the common mistakes people make when planning vacations, including not taking a vacation at all and failing to weigh the cost of a vacation against the actual value you get out of taking the right vacation.  The report is available at no cost by emailing Michael Briggs at

The Home & Garden show is being held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, January 14-16.  Hours of the show are:

Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Happy New Year!!!

It is hard to believe that another year has passed us by and that 2011 is here.  We enjoyed the fantastic fishing in 2010 but enjoyed the time we got to spend with each of you even more!

I hope everyone’s holiday was spent with family and friends, gathered around the table, swapping tall tales and fish stories. We look forward to adding to those tales when we see you again next summer.

Happy New Year from your friends at Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions!!

Introducing the Silverking Seafeast

For our friends visiting Ketchikan by cruise ship this year, get a real taste of Alaska with the Silverking Seafeast. This Alaskan “Triple-Treat” combines a Bus Tour, a Boat Tour and a Wilderness Tour All-In-One! Over land and sea, your tour takes you through the Tongass National Forest and culminates with a unique seafood boil meal including clams, mussels, shrimp, and Dungeness crab. This high-adventure experience is a great family activity, with something for everyone no matter your age. Amazing Alaskan wildlife and scenery abounds, so be sure to bring your cameras . . . .  and your appetite!!

Join Us in Phoenix!

This year, join Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions where you didn’t expect to find them – at the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show! We commissioned a study by the Empire Research Group called “Five Reasons Most People Take the Wrong Vacation”, and we want to make sure everyone in the family gets a chance to hear about it. Michael Briggs will be at the Arizona State Fairgrounds on January 14, 15, & 16 to answer your questions and help you capture your dream vacation.

Sacramento Confirmed!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions is on the road this winter, and Sacramento is our latest confirmed stop. Michael Briggs will be available at the California Sportsman Show taking place January 20 through 23 at the Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. This is Northern California’s ONLY sportsman show. So if you live in NorCal, stop by our booth and say hello!