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Salmon Fishing Adventure

Price: $259.00
This tour operates from May to September.
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Salmon Fishing in Ketchikan

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. During this Ketchikan fishing tour, 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 excursion 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 on this Alaska tour. 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 on the charter vessel on the day of your tour. 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. King salmon availability varies, from May 1st to July 1st. The purchase of the king stamp is a requirement if you are fishing for king salmon. If the king stamp is not required you will not have to get one (From July 2st to September 30th). Not having the King Stamp purchased before the fishing trip means you will not be able to keep a king salmon if caught. Please see the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for current retention regulations for non-resident charter fishing. All guests ages 16 and older must have a license.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Non-alcoholic beverages are included.
Recommended Dress
For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. We also suggest comfortable deck or rubber-soled shoes that may get wet. Rain gear will be provided.
Restrictions
April 1 to July 31, king salmon retention may be restricted. Please see the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for current non-resident charter fishing policies.

Mandatory fishing licenses and king salmon tags must be purchased directly from your captain on the charter vessel on the day of your tour. 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. King salmon availability varies, from May 1st to July 1st. The purchase of the king stamp is a requirement if you are fishing for king salmon. If the king stamp is not required you will not have to get one (From July 2st to September 30th). Not having the King Stamp purchased before the fishing trip means you will not be able to keep a king salmon if caught. Please see the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for current retention regulations for non-resident charter fishing. All guests ages 16 and older must have a license. Each child booked for this tour must be accompanied by at least one adult over 18 years old. The weight limit for this tour 350 lbs per person. Passengers must be able to get in and out of the vessel unassisted. With advance notice, collapsible wheelchairs may be taken aboard the vessel and motorized wheelchairs may be used to get to the boat; they can be stored inside the secure office and returned after the charter.

5 Stars5Based On 30 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsSalmon Fishing ExcursionJuly 19, 2019

Reviewer: Steve Farnsworth
Just great. Captain Nelson did an awesome job. We were fortunate to catch fish and afterwards he helped with the process of getting me connected with a processing company which shipped my catch back to Florida when my trip was over. I would highly recommend this excursion. Having done many fishing trips prior to this I’m sure any one at any experience level will find this well worth your time and expense.

4 StarsGood time and good valueFebruary 08, 2019

Reviewer: Dean Landeche
We thoroughly enjoyed our fishing trip. We were met near our dock, and escorted directly to the boat. Our captain was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. There were four of us fishing on the boat, so no crowds. We caught fish and enjoyed the scenery. We returned to the ship on schedule. We thought this was a good value and well-organized excursion, and definitely better than cruise line options. I wrote a full blog on this great trip, if you want more details: https://ourtravelcafe.com/salmon-fishing-alaska/

5 StarsFun Day fishingSeptember 17, 2018

Reviewer: Meryl
Enjoyed our fishing adventure, captain of the boat was extremely experienced and we caught a large amount of fish

5 StarsSalmon fishingAugust 20, 2018

Reviewer: Gary Buchanan
Great trip. Captain was friendly and did his best to help us catch salmon. Recommend him for a good excursion.

5 StarsSalmon FishingAugust 13, 2018

Reviewer: Jeanne Cox
This was a bucket list item and was a lot of fun. We had salmon mailed home and will enjoy eating it all year. The boatman was fun and was a bit frustrated since the salmon stopped biting about half way through the trip

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