Alaska Wide Open Charters is owned and operated by Joel and Leanne Steenstra. The Steenstra family is a fishing family that resides in Craig year round. Joel and Leanne have three young children named Ada, Olivia, and Aaron. Joel is a United States Coast Guard veteran and has been guiding and commercial fishing in the Craig area for the last 16 years. He has logged well over 1000 guide days in the Craig area. Joel is very active in the community. He is on the school board, the Craig Advisory Counsel, and an elder at a local Church. Joel and Leanne strive to make Alaska Wide Open Charters the best value in the Craig area while providing consistent world-class fishing. While Joel is out fishing with clients, Leanne runs things from the shore. She is busy making lunches, picking up guests, packing and running fish boxes to the airport, and taking care of three young children.
Captain Joel stays very busy in the fishing industry when he is not running his charter business. He owns several limited entry permits and participates in the commercial salmon troll and the herring roe on kelp fisheries. He also has commercial halibut quotas the he longlines or converts to GAF fish. Captain Joel is a full time fisherman. His commercial vessel the Glory is docked across from his charter boat.