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.

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.

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.

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 featured 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 Alonso Escalante

Alonso

Escalante

Alonso is a master of all fisheries

Baranof Fishing Guide Beth Antonsen

Beth

Antonsen

Beth is an artist. We’re not kidding!

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 Gary Souza

Gary

Souza

Gary has a wealth of fishing knowledge

Baranof Fishing Guide Geoff Peck

Geoff

Peck

Well-traveled North American saltwater fisherman

Baranof Fishing Guide Greg Ekblom

Greg

Ekblom

Greg lives to fish.

Baranof Fishing Guide Jack Finnegan

Jack

Finnegan

Most organized and a visionary

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 Joe Petrucco

Joe

Petrucco

Joe has been fishng and guiding nearly his whole life

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 Lukas Brickweg

Lukas

Brickweg

Lucas has a talent for delivering an Alaskan experience to everyone

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

Steve is a skilled fly fishing instructor with much recognition in the field

Baranof Fishing Guide Todd Monson

Todd

Monson

Fishing is Todd's Life

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.