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. 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: Albert Arellano
Our salmon fishing aboard a small boat was very memorable. The captain was very good at providing us with superb equipment and his knowledge was bar none. We would recommend him to anyone.
Reviewer: Craig Johnson
This was one of the best fishing experiences I have had! Our Captain was WONDERFUL; Our boat was one of the first out that morning. There were only 5 of us ad within 2 hours we all had a great size Salmon. Our Captain was as excited as we were! So fun! Beautiful Day and we had the Salmon prepared and sent home! DELICIOUS! Wonderful job!!!
Reviewer: Teri Cadieux
It started out very slow, boring, needed to bring food on board, kids were hungry, and very bored and pretty miserable. But after 3.5 hours of nothing, not a hit, caught 3 king salmon, each one over 29 inches, was so exciting bringing them in and once we got home the salmon was delicious. Great excursion.
Reviewer: David Huffman
The Salmon Fishing Adventure in Ketchikan, Alaska was excellent. The boat was right on time at the end of the cruise ship dock. The boat was clean, comfortable and well equipped with state of the art electronics and fishing gear. The captain was courteous and very knowledgeable. Everyone onboard caught their limit of King Salmon within two hours. I would book this trip again!!!
Reviewer: Deb Inch
What a fun and great time just to be fishing in Alaska for salmon. My husband and son had a great time fishing. They caught some awesome salmon and were pretty excited about that. None of the salmon were legal to keep but that's what the sport is all about. The memories will last a life time that were created. Would highly recommend this excursion to anyone considering fishing in Alaska. We will definitely do this same fishing excursion next time we come back to Alaska. Thanks again!!