Captains

Captain Chuck Haydu


Captain Chuck Haydu is owner and operator of “Kingfisher Charters & Lodge” and has fished S.E. Alaska since 1977.

Captain Joel Steenstra


Captain Joel Steenstra was transferred to Southeast Alaska in 2001 with the Coast Guard. While here in Alaska Joel fell in love with the saltwater Sportfishing Alaska had to offer, and spent most of his off time fishing. Joel also began crewing on commercial salmon trollers to learn the art of catching king salmon.

Joel served as a helicopter flight mechanic with the Coast Guard until 2004 in Sitka, and then separated honorably from the Coast Guard and moved to Prince of Wales to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a full time fisherman. Joel obtained his captain's license and has been guiding and commercial trolling in the Craig area since 2004. Joel is a year round resident of Craig, and resides here with his wife and two daughters.

Captain Nils Backstrom


Nils came From Stockholm, Sweden to Alaska in 2006, he got here by receiving an athletic scholarship for the sport of ice hockey to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage, at UAA he majored in Business management and Marketing graduating in 2010. After graduation he played professional hockey in Europe for the past 5 years.

The passion for fishing had always been big for Nils and in Alaska he was able to fulfill his dreams. While attending school he met Chucks daughter, Amanda who he is now married to. Nils started saltwater fishing in Craig in 2007 and has been a part of Kingfisher Lodge since that time being a deckhand on charter boats. Nils received his U.S. Coast Guard captains license in 2015.