Alaska Fishing

Alaska Fishing
(Salmon and Halibut)


Location:
Baranof Marina
Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration:
6 hr
Price:
$250 per person
Leave the dock primed to pursue salmon and halibut. The goal is to catch fish and have a extraordinary day.

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General Information

This comprehensive fishing experience is intended for the avid fisherman who wants to learn the finer points of Alaskan fishing. Our private marina is located in downtown Ketchikan, so you'll have a full day to learn the salmon and halibut fishing techniques of Southeast Alaska. With this custom experience—limited to five guests at a time—every fisherman has the benefit of fishing their own rod. After a day of trolling, jigging, and mooching, you'll know the difference between a spoon and a hoochie, as well as the best way to catch a King, Coho, pink salmon, or halibut. Best of all, whatever you catch is yours to keep. In fact, we'll even process it, flash freeze it and send it straight to your door—along with some of our best seafood recipes!

The challenge with salmon fishing in Alaska is that it is completely reliant on the annual return of the salmon from the Gulf of Alaska to the inside waters. Accordingly, each of Alaska's five species of salmon has a limited number of days in which they are best available for exceptional fishing.

We model salmon fishing on our Alaska Fishing excursion around the approach of local Alaskans. We leave the dock well informed as to what was working the day before to catch salmon: Where are they? How deep are they? What bait or flashers are working? And not only do we come fully prepared, we also have the time to pursue halibut and bottom fish if the bite is not on for salmon, or a particular group has limited-out.

During the peak of the summer season, from June 15th to August 15th, you will have the best chance at catching multiple species. After spending most of their lives unraveling the mysteries of Alaskan fishing, our fishing guides have the skills, knowledge, and equipment you will need to catch Alaska's salmon, halibut, and bottom fish. Whether this is your first catch or one of many, your captain will make recommendations to your group so you can target those species that have been most recently producing.


Suggested 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.

Arrive in Ketchikan
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.
Check-in and get outfitted for your excursion
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.
Head out into the waters of the magestic southeast Alaska
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.
Fishng for Alaska Salmon and Halibut
On board our vessels designed and outfitted specifically for salmon and halibut 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, or halibut. You will enjoy the thrill of fighting your fish, netting it and bringing it home to enjoy.
Head back to Ketchikan
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.

Arrive at Baranof's Marina
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.
check-in and get outfitted for your excursion
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.
Head out into the waters of Southeast Alaska
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 for Alaska Salmon and Halibut
On board our vessels designed and outfitted specifically for salmon and halibut fishing you will spend the next few hours mooching, or trolling for King, Coho, Pink Salmon, and halibut. Your seasoned guide will teach you the secrets of using a flasher, hoochie, or a jig to lure in your salmon, or halibut. You will enjoy the thrill of fighting your fish, netting it and bringing it home to enjoy.
Head back to Ketchikan
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.

Testimonials

"What a memorable excursion! Our guide treated us so well that by the end...we felt like family! Not only did we catch our limit of fish, but (our guide) also made sure we got great photos of our catch, the beautiful scenery, and eagles in flight!"
- Henry


"This rugged, natural experience surpassed all of our expectations for Alaska and for the tour. Our guide was appreciative of the gorgeous landscape that he calls home and generously provided us the opportunity to experience a day in his life"
- Michael & Kristina


"This excursion was flexible and personal. Our tour guide was friendly, casual, and informative about the area and living in Alaska as well as about fishing. She adjusted our fishing sites to make sure we caught fish and made the whole experience fun!"
- Jan



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