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The Doc Warner’s Self-Guided Difference

At Doc Warner’s, having a self-guided experience is something very special, something worth talking about. Here are some reasons why our guests love going on a self-guided fishing trip in Alaska so much.


You set your schedule. You decide when to go, where to go, how long to fish, and when to return. Independence allows you to maximize your Alaska fishing experience. Your trip can be broad and inclusive of all that Alaska and Doc Warner’s offer, or, it can be specific and focused on your unique interests.


Doc Warner’s staff are only as far away as you want them. Whether you need instructions, directions, assistance, bait, tackle, or just a good suggestion, our safety boats are just a phone call or text away. They’ll help* you relocate to a more advantageous spot, help answer a ponderous question, or replace a lost or broken piece of tackle. Their focus is on your safety and happiness, and they provide that element of security that makes a self-guided fishing trip in Alaska work for you.

*Some guiding activities are restricted on the water for Halibut.

Set Your Own Schedule

Within the placid and protected waters of the Icy Strait, there is so much going on, so many things to do, sensations to feel, and adventures to explore. Consequently, you need the flexibility to move at a moment’s notice. At Doc Warner’s, you are the captain of our specially designed, safe, and easy to manage boat. Whether it’s going to watch a pod of humpback whales bubble-net a school of herring, or moving over to the latest “hot spot” for halibut or salmon, or switching from fishing to photography, it is your choice “if” or “when” to move.

Fish Chat

A successful experience for a self-guided fishing trip in Alaska is based on good information. Debriefing sessions provide an opportunity for guests and staff to review the day’s action. It’s a time to learn where the best fishing was and why or where the whales and eagles were playing. And, it’s an ideal time to get acquainted with those who share common interests.


The fish you catch on a self-guided fishing trip in Alaska will only last a short time, but the memories you create last a lifetime. At Doc Warner’s, we’re experts at providing the best experiences and material for constructing your memory album. Actually, Mother Nature has done most of the work. We facilitate the experience. Bring a USB drive or purchase one from our store and our photographer will give you a copy of the photos taken during the week. This is our gift to you. A few weeks later, you can find your pictures and videos here.

Doc Warner’s is the most versatile Alaska fishing experience you can have. We say versatile because “self-guided” reaches all aspects of your Doc Warner’s experience. You have the independence to set your agenda, the security of knowing that you are never left without help and guidance, the opportunity to explore and discover some of the vast beauties and wonders of Alaska, and the flexibility to adjust to every new piece of information you acquire, all to build a treasury of life’s sweetest memories.

Spin Casting

If you enjoy the excitement of catching Salmon and Dolly Varden on spinning gear, ask a member of the dock staff for a rod and spin casting reel. We recommend using a pixie, which is available for purchase in the store. There is no charge for the rod and reel.

The same rod and reel can be used for catching bait from the dock. Purchase a herring jig from the store and catch your own fresh bait.


Tides can play an important part of your fishing experience. Water levels can change between 10–20′ in a 6-hour period. Tide charts can be found here.