Ketchikan is known as the Salmon Capital of the World. You'll see why on this exciting half-day fishing charter—a half day you'll talk about for years!
After meeting your representative on the pier, a short walk will take you to your waiting fishing boat, which holds no more than six guests. The boats that are used range in size from 28 to 40 feet in length and have a very basic head.
Setting out from Ketchikan, your crew will get you your fishing license and any additional stamps you may want, as you head to the nearby sheltered waters. Enjoy the hospitality of your experienced Coast Guard-licensed captain who will relish the opportunity to show you, your family, and your friends the breathtaking beauty of Ketchikan from our "local viewpoint"—on the water, pursuing the king, silver, pink, and chum salmon runs that abound in the sheltered waters of Clover Passage.
The fishing on this Ketchikan port tour incorporates trolling and downriggers. The line on the fishing pole is attached to a cable with a clip that allows the captains to get the bait (or lures) down to the depth of water where the fish are located. The poles stay in rod holders (guests do not hold the poles) so that any movement will take the line off of the downrigger cable. The captains will vary the depths on all of the lines to increase the probability of catching fish. When the fish hit, the line comes off of the downrigger automatically (sometimes it may need to be pulled off of the cable). At this point, the guest takes the pole out of the rod holder and starts reeling in their catch! It is sometimes difficult for guests to feel they are fishing when they are not holding a pole, however, this is the only way to fish for salmon in the ocean.
Glimpses of our local mammals and birds—whales, seals, sea otter, porpoise, sea lions—may also be on the agenda; don't be surprised when a majestic bald eagle swoops down near your boat, fishing for its own catch of the day, and allowing you a stellar photo opportunity.
Fishing gear, tackle, and bait are included. You may choose to catch and release all day or have your catch processed and shipped home for an additional fee.
Please Note: Mandatory fishing licenses and king salmon tags must be purchased directly from your captain. All customers must bring $25 US in cash to purchase a fishing license and $15 US in cash to purchase a king salmon tag from the captain in order to participate. From May to June, king salmon tags are required for all guests. From July to September, king salmon tags are only required for those guests who will be fishing for king salmon. All guests ages 16 and older must have a license.
Reviewer: Warren Inaba
I thought Al was a good guide but he could have given pointers to us how we could do better to catch the salmon. He explained how to fish and to watch the tip of the pole and keep it bent all the time. However, because we were all inexperienced fisherman, the excitement when the fish is biting and pulling at the pole, you just forget all what was said. If Al could suggest things that we forgot when fishing and point how we could or should have done to bring it in. He needs to constantly teach as we try to catch the fish. He only explained once and some suggestions but that wasn't enough help. I hope I can make it back. I had a lot of fun though I caught onli one salmon.
Reviewer: debbie gottschalk
We hoped just to catch one and see the look on our 9 year olds faces. Instead we got 20! Now we can relive the fun when we eat all the delicious salmon we shipped home. Beautiful bay with eagles and if you are lucky like us, whales too.
Reviewer: Dennis Webb
We had an incredible experience. Capt. Danny was professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. We were out for a little more than two hours and limited out on pink salmon with 24 fish in the cooler. Fished were processed and delivered to our house in WI with overnight shipping. We will definitely visit Danny again on our next trip to Alaska.
What a day! Personal experience with just our party of 5 and the captain. Picked us right up at the cruise ship. Captain worked with us as we were not fisherman -- great success. Caught three different kinds of salmon -- sent some home and still enjoying it.
Well organized, great captain! I had a great time