Alaska Fishing

Alaska Fishing


Location:
Baranof Marina
Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration:
5-6 hr
Lunch:
Box lunch
Price:
$249 per person
Leave the dock primed to pursue salmon. The goal is to catch fish and have an extraordinary day.

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General Information

Anyone can put a line in the water, but it takes special skill to catch Alaskan salmon, halibut, and bottom fish. After spending most of their lives unraveling the mysteries of Alaska fishing, your experienced fishing guide is skilled at instructing you on the ins-and-outs of Southeast angling. What's more, they really enjoy spending the day teaching you what you need to know. As fishing conditions change throughout the season, and taking into account the days tides and weather, this multi-species Alaskan fishing expedition allows you to head out with confidence that you will catch fish. Your captain will recommend those species that have been producing the most in recent weeks, and help determine a game plan for the day; salmon fishing with halibut as time allows, or vice versa . During the peak of the summer season from June 15th to August 15th at the height of the salmon run you will have the best chance at catching multiple species.


Fish House Box lunch for Baranof fishing excursions.

Box Lunch Provided
Made daily by the Fish House

A six-hour fishing trip is a long time to go without anything to eat, so every day our restaurant prepares a taste of Ketchikan for each guest on any fishing excursion over six-hours. Over the years we've tried several lunches, and have found the following is a great tie-over snack until you can eat your catch at our wilderness camp or restaurant:

Local Salmon Spread | Crackers | Fruit Cup | Cookie | Bottled Water (numerous soda options)


If you have special dietary concerns, please let us know. Also, if you don't prefer salmon, are on a diet this meal doesn't work with, or like to pack it in at lunch, you're welcome to bring other food and snacks on board. We have a cooler that can keep sandwiches and such cold, but as a rule of thumb, anything that you might pack for a day hiking works well.




Fishing Itineraries

If you are visiting Ketchikan by Cruise Ship

We suggest beginning the excursion thirty minutes after your ship is scheduled to arrive in Ketchikan. The following time line is for a six hour Ketchikan fishing adventure.

Arrival

Your guide, or one of our crew, will greet you at the pier and escort you to our downtown marina and outfitting room. Look for a sign with your name.

Outfitting and Licensing

Upon arrival at our marina your guide will collect the state fee for your fishing license. While we fill out your licensing information, you'll start to look like a local as we outfit you with waterproof boots, bib overalls, hooded jackets, hats, and gloves. Fully prepared, you'll head for the boat.

Running to the Fishing Grounds

Our location in the heart of Downtown Ketchikan allows for a short boat ride to the rich salmon fishing grounds south of Ketchikan. Depending on the area your guide chooses to fish the ride to your fishing area is 10 to 20 minutes from the marina. Our guides customize your journey depending upon the season, tides, and weather conditions. During this ride guests frequently spy eagles, seals, whales, spawning salmon, and even black bears. You may take as many photographs as you wish, or simply sit back and soak it all in.

Fishing

On board our vessels designed and outfitted specifically for salmon fishing you will spend the next few hours trolling or mooching, or trolling for King, Coho, Pink Salmon, and halibut. Your seasoned guide will teach you the secrets of using a flasher, a hoochie, or a jig to lure in your salmon. You will enjoy the thrill of fighting your fish, netting it and bringing it home to enjoy.

Return to marina

Make your way back to the marina enjoying another breathtaking ride. Upon arrival you will remove your fishing gear and your guide will ensure that you make it back to your ship in a timely fashion. If you choose to ship your fish home, or have it smoked, a simple form needs filled out, and we will process your fish for shipping to arrive on the date of your choice.

If you are overnighting in Ketchikan

For those travelers who arrive in Ketchikan by the State ferry or Alaska Airlines, and are staying longer than one day, we can arrange for multiple days on the water. We suggest beginning your fishing trip before 10:00 a.m. the ardent fisherman normally leaves between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. However, fishing is often better at tide change, so we will suggest the most opportune time for you to arrive at the fishing grounds so you can "catch the tide". The itinerary that we have provided is a one day six hour trip. Most trips will differ only in the allotted time of fishing to fit your needs, and all trips can be duplicated for multiple day trips.

Arrival

Guests normally meet their guides at the Alaska Fish House for a hot cup of coffee and a discussion of the day of fishing. The Alaska Fish House is located in the center of the marina where we outfit and depart for the fishing grounds.

Outfitting and Licensing

Upon arrival at our marina your guide will collect the state fee your for fishing license. While we fill out your licensing information, you'll start to look like a local as we outfit you with waterproof boots, bib overalls, hooded jackets, hats, and gloves. Fully prepared, you'll head for the boat.

Running to the Fishing Grounds

Our location in the heart of Downtown Ketchikan allows for a short boat ride to the rich salmon fishing grounds south of Ketchikan. Depending on the area your guide chooses to fish the ride to your fishing area is 10 to 20 minutes from the marina. Our guides customize your journey depending upon the season, tides, and weather conditions. During this ride guests frequently spy eagles, seals, whales, spawning salmon, and even black bears. You may take as many photographs as you wish, or simply sit back and soak it all in.

Fishing

On board our vessels designed and outfitted specifically for salmon fishing you will spend the next few hours mooching, or trolling for King, Coho, Pink Salmon. Your seasoned guide will teach you the secrets of using a flasher, hoochie, or a jig to lure in your salmon. You will enjoy the thrill of fighting your fish, netting it and bringing it home to enjoy.

Return to marina

Make your way back to the marina enjoying another breathtaking ride. Upon arrival you will remove your fishing gear and your guide can escort you to the Alaska Fish House where our chefs will gladly prepare a portion of your fresh catch if you wish. To ship your fish home, or have it smoked, a simple form needs filled out, and we will process your fish for shipping on the date of your choice. We can also package your fish to return home with you on Alaska Airlines if you are leaving by jet.

"What People Are Saying About Baranof: Alaska Fishing"

Fantastic Experience 2018-09-24

Fantastic experience, came here off of the Norwegian Bliss and our first stop going through Alaska. Had Sam, first year guide, and what a treat knowing this area was basically his backyard growing up. He brought us to the best fishing spots where I immediately caught myself a nice 32" lingcod, and my boyfriend a nice sized yellow fin. The rest of the trip was bringing in more but the pressure was off in catching our part of the meal coming up so we got to do a little bit of every thing. We booked this excursion directly with the company, bypassing the cruise which worked out perfect. It was just my boyfriend and I with the guide so really had a nice personable experience, for much cheaper!


Incredible AK Fishing with Guide Steve 2018-09-15

So, you know the moment where you have to choose what to do "extra" while on an Alaskan cruise? Well, in Ketchikan, look NO Further! Baranof Fishing Excursions and Fish Camp is THE BOMB. We had our 2 kids (11/Boy and 8/Girl) and they absolutely loved it. They fished by themselves with the expert guidance of Steve, we later filet the fish and cooked the very fresh fish into a great meal. Steve was a Military guy who lived all over the world, and once retired from US service, he beelined straight to Alaska to guide fishing trips. He is the perfect guide, Fish Tattoo on his arm, Big protective beard, Top gear, and a fun and efficient nature. Our daughter kept pulling the fish up, and so she started talking trash to Steve and they had wonderful time pulling fish out. We threw many back, and kept only what we were going to eat. The weather was perfect for Alaska. The memory will last for decades. It was the BEST experience, and although pricey in absolute dollars, it was a Great value, and I'd do it again tomorrow. Can't recommend enough~ Saw a Bald eagle get a fish off the water, right in front of us...Looked for Bears. Crystal clear water, and they give you all the gear you need! A+


Extremely Professional And Personable Operation 2018-09-04

So glad we booked with Baranof and had Captain Geoff (and Steve too!) putting us on fish. We limited in Halibut, caught a few rockfish and cod to boot. The boat was an awesome, built for purpose vessel, and even in a 3’-4’ chop, was very comfortable. Safety and passenger comfort was important to Geoff, which meant a lot to us. Cap’t was also extremely personable, telling fun stories and always willing to answer our “dumb tourist” questions. In addition, we truly appreciated Geoff letting us handle the rods and do the reeling - in past experience this isn’t always allowed which makes the experience much less authentic. We had a great Alaskan fishing experience and highly recommend Baranof!


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