Alaska is a fishing mecca, and among its most popular spots for casting a line is the island city of Ketchikan, where a number of fishing charters are available.
Set on Revillagigedo Island at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s famed Inside Passage – a network of waterways that snake through jaw-droppingly beautiful wilderness –Ketchikan is perhaps best known for two things: stunning scenery and an abundance of salmon. With the latter in mind, we’ve picked out five of the best Ketchikan fishing charters currently on offer.
Salmon Fishing Charter
Designed to provide guests with the maximum time fishing before getting you back to the dock with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your day, this 4-hour charter starts with a 7am downtown pick-up next to the cruise ships. After boarding your 30-foot vessel, complete with restroom, you’ll head out and try to catch some of the world’s largest salmon. During the trip there’ll also be the chance to look out for wildlife such as whales, bears and deer. The charter price includes the use of top quality rods and reels, snorkelling equipment, and drinks and snacks. From $948 per group.
8 Hour Trip – Salmon/Halibut Combo
Venture out with your group and see who can hook the biggest of Alaska’s two most famous saltwater sport fish – salmon and Halibut – on this full-day fishing adventure. Starting at 6am, you’ll be taken aboard a 32-foot Crozier boat that’s perfectly suited to fish the local waters. If you get lucky you’ll experience the true majesty of bringing a huge King Salmon into the boat, as well as discover the ferocious wriggling capability of a halibut when it’s been pulled out of the water. The tour price includes all gear and equipment, as well as drinks and snacks. From $1,397 per group.
6 Hour Trip – Halibut
For those with time constraints who can’t quite fit in a full day’s angling, this slightly truncated 6-hour trip may fit the bill. With all necessary equipment provided, you’ll be fishing for halibut on the waters of Ketchikan aboard a comfortable vessel, designed specifically to maximise fishing efforts. Halibut are particularly abundant here from May to September, but if you want to add more species to the list, your crew will show you the hottest spots for Lingcod, Rockfish, Cod, and more. All trip costs are inclusive of quality gear, tackle, bait, and lures, and you’ll also be provided with snacks and drinks. From $1,373 per group.
Available either for AM or PM departures, this 5-hour child-friendly trip is perfect for less experienced anglers who want to dip their proverbial toes in the fishing waters. About 25 minutes after leaving the shore aboard a classic 38-foot saltwater fishing boat, you’ll get to target a range of salmon species. Everything you need for a successful fishing adventure, such as top-of-the-range gear and equipment, as well as plenty of drinks and snacks, are all included in the price. From $550 per group.
5 Day Epic Fishing Vacation Bundle
If you fancy a real adventure, and have both the time and budget to indulge in one, this five-day fishing odyssey will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. During the trip you’ll spend three days and four nights on the boat for up to eight hours a day. You’ll ride past the reaches of the local fleet and catch a glimpse of some of the most pristine wilderness fishing and wildlife viewing anywhere in the world, targeting trophy Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish as you go, while surrounded by whales and looking for bears. The captain provides all rods, reels, and safety equipment and meals are provided too. From $5,299 per group.