about Baranof Excursions

Baranof's Story

Our website is not just an invitation to enjoy a fishing adventure with us, but more importantly, an introduction to an Alaskan community that we are immensely proud of. KETCHIKAN IS TRULY A FISH STORY.

Baranof was conceived by AJ and Chuck Slagle, while overnighting on the beach at Slate Island in the year 2000. Having grown-up hunting and fishing in Southeast Alaska and passionate about the multitude of wilderness experiences available they believed a family looking for the true Alaskan experience should be introduced to not only sport fishing but offered the simple Alaskan pleasures, especially eating a selection of fresh Alaskan seafood, beach combing, and the enjoyment of campfires on a remote Alaskan beach. The Slagle's believe a personal introduction to the southeast Alaska lifestyle is more than a box of fish.

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Traditional Ketchikan Sportfishing

Learn about Alaska fishing techniques, Alaska sportfishing, how to choose an Alaskan guide and the process of crafting the perfect fishing vacation.

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Alaska Seafood

Discover the rich commercial fishing history of Ketchikan, caring for your catch, identifying fish species, and sharing our passion for cooking your catch.

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Explore Ketchikan

Explore iconic hiking trails, alaskan craft beers, kayaking in wilderness fjords, our happiest clients have embraced the unique culture of Ketchikan.

Our heroes growing up in Ketchikan were the commercial fisherman.  In "Discover More" you will find videos that invite you seining with Russ Cockrum, Trolling with Rory & Marion Bifoss, Gillnetting with Ole & LaDonna Gunderson, or Longlining with Mike Jewett plus many other fine Ketchikan fishing adventures.

AJ Slagle - Co-founder, Fisherman and Storyteller

our Team

Whether you are visiting us for the day or for a week, we would love to create a custom fishing trip showing you what Ketchikan has to offer.

Chuck Slagle Owner of Baranof Fishing & The Alaska Fish House

Chuck Slagle

PROPRIETOR

Baranof Fishing Excursions operates out of their private downtown marina in Ketchikan, Alaska.

The Slagle family is third generation Alaskans that own and operate Baranof Fishing Excursions and the Alaska Fish House from our classic fishing marina in the heart of downtown Ketchikan. For the last twenty years we have had the honor of introducing families to some of the best fishing in Alaska. You can find our marina at the end of Main Street adjacent to historic Thomas Basin.

During our summers over 75 charter boats venture out daily from the Ketchikan water front. Most of the charter boats are captained by local boys such as Sonny Campbell, Josh Rose or Clay Slanaker that have spent decades on the water and are truly extraordinary fishermen. Artists Ray Troll, Dave Rubin, Terry Pyles and many others, have perfected the art of painting fish with their work ed throughout Ketchikan. Ketchikan's restaurants are well known for their fresh seafood with the Alaska Fish House, Bar Harbor Restaurant and the Cape Fox Lodge receiving high marks for their seafood among locals. By the 1930's Ketchikan became known as the Salmon capitol of the world and the video stories of our canneries found throughout our website will impress you with the legacy of quality with which we can and ship salmon worldwide.

our Guides

Our guides ultimately dictate the quality of your overall experience. Our guide's are instructors, cheerleaders, and sometimes -- baby sitters. Their office in Southeast Alaska is as unpredictable as beautiful. They soothe our bruised ego when we miss our shot at a big fish. Their job, simply put, is to make your Alaskan Fishing dream come true.

Baranof Fishing Guide Aaron Ramirez

Aaron

Ramirez

Aaron is an avid hunter

Baranof Fishing Guide AJ  Slagle

AJ

Slagle

A born-and-raised Alaskan

Baranof Fishing Guide Brian Linville

Brian

Linville

Brian enjoys guiding hunting parties as much as saltwater fishing

Baranof Fishing Guide Chris Baldwin

Chris

Baldwin

Baranof's Lead Guide

Baranof Fishing Guide Dennis Metzger

Dennis

Metzger

Dennis has been passionate about fishing his whole life

Baranof Fishing Guide Geoff Peck

Geoff

Peck

Well-traveled North American saltwater fisherman

Baranof Fishing Guide Jack Finnegan

Jack

Finnegan

Most organized and a visionary

Baranof Fishing Guide Jacob Smith

Jacob

Smith

second-generation fishing captain

Baranof Fishing Guide Jamie Karlson

Jamie

Karlson

Third generation Alaskan, born and bred in Ketchikan

Baranof Fishing Guide Jeff Kraynik

Jeff

Kraynik

Jeff embodies the word professionalism.

Baranof Fishing Guide Jim Maddocks

Jim

Maddocks

Jim has a deep love for Alaska

Baranof Fishing Guide John Beakley

John

Beakley

John is easy-going, and carries a constant smile

Baranof Fishing Guide Johnnie Laird

Johnnie

Laird

Johnnie is a savvy master guide

Baranof Fishing Guide Josh Hammond

Josh

Hammond

Natural passion for the outdoors

Baranof Fishing Guide Matt Carlson

Matt

Carlson

Matt embodies the words independent and capable

Baranof Fishing Guide Mike Mood

Mike

Mood

MIke is a craftsman of our guides

Baranof Fishing Guide Nick Rockwell

Nick

Rockwell

Nick is one of our Ketchikan-grown guides

Baranof Fishing Guide Stephen Kirkland

Stephen

Kirkland

Fly fishing instructor with lots of recognition

Baranof Fishing Guide Tony Moucha

Tony

Moucha

This is Tony’s first year as a guide, so our one piece of advice?

Baranof Fishing Guide Trent Updegraff

Trent

Updegraff

Trent has been fishing just about since he could walk.

our Executive Chef

The Alaska Fish House began as a spin-off of Baranof’s culinary adventures. We decided to stop outsourcing the preparation of our accoutrements for our Wilderness Dining excursion and built a kitchen. Once it became clear how easy of a transition it would be to serve fresh seafood to the locals with our current infrastructure, we opened the doors to the public and built the restaurant around our kitchen as demand increased. Over the years we’ve grown into a true restaurant, complete with a private dining room for Baranof’s culinary excursions that doubles as seating during the peak hours of restaurant operation. Our culinary team is diverse, with chefs both self-taught and classically trained, but a common thread runs through them all; a love for Southeast Alaska and the seafood we’re so famous for. Here you can get to know our Fish House and Baranof culinary team members, what inspires them, and how you can be sure each meal is prepared with the passion our visitors deserve.

Executive Chef for Baranof Fishing & The Alaska Fish House

Austin Green

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Austin doesn’t cook; he inspires.

Austin was born and raised in a North Chicago suburb where his passion for food and cooking first began. Initially inspired by the cuisine found throughout Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, his mother’s approach to dedicating a day of shopping for ingredients at the farmers markets, local butcher shops, fish markets and bakeries incited his passion for making special meals about the journey, not the destination. After gathering ingredients throughout the city, Austin and his mother would venture home to begin the process of creating dynamic dishes; the culmination of a process that would forever impact the future of this soon to be chef. Memories are interwoven within Austin’s craft, and kept tangible with each new ingredient he finds in Southeast Alaska. Foraging or catching key ingredients from the Alaskan wilderness with his friends or loved ones exemplifies the vein in which Austin works and lives; with a recognition that family and food simply coexist and are undoubtedly ingredients of the same recipe.

As the head chef at the Alaska Fish house, Austin Green’s dining experience philosophy is well suited within a business that is family owned and operated. His thirst for adventure brought him to Alaska where his extensive background in luxury hotels (with a decade spent at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, including fine-dining with Five Star and AAA Five Diamond) inspired him to venture out for further culinary evolution – Alaska. He’s found a home in Southeast perfect for honing in on his love of seafood and his passion for raw, pristine ingredients. The outcome of following his gut into the wild is something deliciously unforgettable, as seen in his contribution to our Cook Your Catch program which showcases foraged items from around the island in pairings with fresh, customer caught seafood. Simply put, Austin is a story-teller through food.

When Austin isn’t breaking ground in the kitchen, he is cultivating new ingredients and innovative ideas with friends and family. He is relentlessly expanding his culinary knowledge with literature and new recipes, though the lessons learned from days with his first teacher needn’t be altered, only shared.