Self-Guided Fishing Concerns Addressed

Self-guided fishing is one thing that makes Doc Warner’s unique. Initially, this can be intimidating, and many guests ask us, “Well, don’t I need a guide to help me catch these monster fish?” Our response: “Absolutely not!” With a little bit of training, you can handle the boat and fishing all on your own. Still, we understand that, as our guest, you may have some concerns. In our first, of two, posts about self-guided fishing, we’d like to address some of the more common concerns we here from first time guests.


Driving a Boat
Do you know how to drive a car? If so, you’re set! Driving a boat is like driving a car in a parking lot with very few obstacles. It’s a simple process and we will show you how it’s done.

Driving a Boat at Doc Warner's Lodge in Juneau Alaska

Knowing Where to Find Fish
From vast experience, we know the best places to experience successful fishing. We’ll share with you our secrets and coach you on how to get to prime locations.  Each boat is outfitted with a GPS and pre-programmed waypoints to find your perfect spot.

Knowing Which Tools to Use
We provide you with all the tools (poles, bait, nets, etc.) you will need to catch fish. We can also coach you on how to use each.

Baiting a Hook and Tying a Fishing Knot
These are two simple processes that, once you’ve practiced a few times, you’ll wonder why you ever doubted yourself. At the lodge, we teach you the best techniques for catching fish.  Even if you’ve been before, be sure to attend fish chat so you’ll know what’s been working this season.

It may sound like a lot of information, but it only takes a little bit of experience and we will be there to help you gain that experience.

Other Concerns

Are there other concerns we are missing? What were your biggest concerns about guiding your own boat? Please comment below and we will address them.

Next Week

In our next post, we will talk more in depth about the ways Doc Warner’s uses the self-guided approach to give you the best fishing experience possible.

Mark Warner
Mark H. Warner was raised in Juneau and he has been fishing the waters of Alaska for more than 30 years. He grew up working with his father developing Doc Warner’s from its earliest days. After getting his Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering, he went to work in the industry where he later completed an Executive MBA. Then in 2010, his father, Doc, offered Mark and his wife, Kristina, the opportunity to move back to Alaska and operate the lodge full-time. Today, Mark has over 25 years of experience with Doc Warner’s. His knowledge and experience teaching people about self-guided fishing in Alaska are now used to create lasting memories for Doc Warner’s guests.
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5 comments on “Self-Guided Fishing Concerns Addressed
  1. Kathie Warner says:

    We want to thank you and Kristina for a wonderful week at Doc Warner’s. Your instructions, your vast knowledge of fishing, and attention to details made the fishing experience a pure delight. The staff was so helpful, the facilities were great, and the food was excellent. We miss our Doc Warner’s “family” and hope to be able to return soon.

    • MarkWarnerFish says:

      Thank you for the kind words and for being a part of our Doc Warner’s family. We loved having you here and can’t wait to see you again. Feel free to post some of your pictures on our Facebook page. We would love to see them.

  2. Ben Booth says:

    Here is a recipe for halibut chowder that Jeanette found online which is simply delicious. If you enjoy clam chowder, you are going to love this.
    Recipe by GlutenFreeClub at

  3. Ben Booth says:

    Creamy baked halibut filets (taken from Lion House Recipes) Serves 4

    4 halibut filets, about 1/4″ thick
    salt, pepper
    3/4 cup thick sour cream
    1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
    1/4 tsp. garlic salt
    1 1/2 tsp. chopped chives, fresh or frozen
    1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    1 tsp. paprika
    Place filets close together in a shallow buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix together sour cream, bread crumbs, garlic salt, and chives, then spread over the filets. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the fish flakes with a fork. Makes 4 large or 8 small servings.

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