Salmon Fishing Adventure
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. 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. One king salmon over 28 inches in length may be retained per person per day. 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.
Enjoyed our fishing adventure, captain of the boat was extremely experienced and we caught a large amount of fish
Reviewer: Gary Buchanan
Great trip. Captain was friendly and did his best to help us catch salmon. Recommend him for a good excursion.
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
Reviewer: Jim Henderson
It was only my son and I fishing and we caught 3, but lost 4. We saw a couple orcas and a humpback surfaced 20 feet from the boat! Really exciting!
Reviewer: Jamie Bateman
This was by far the best excursion for me! Our captain was very knowledgeable and I felt safe always! Best of all, it was a small group and we caught a salmon! Great memory 😁