Ketchikan Fishing Charters
144 million pounds of fish came through Ketchikan in 2013, making it the 12th busiest fishing port in the world. It’s not strictly by chance that Ketchikan maintains this distinction. After all, it had started as a summer fishing camp for the Tlingit natives who could depend on a robust return of salmon every year.
Ketchikan today fancies itself as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” and this passion for fishing is highlighted in a recent 35-minute film, “The Ketchikan Fish Story.” From sport and commercial fishing to canning, it features several of the local personalities who share a common dedication to maintaining a quality product and a sustainable fishery to benefit generations of fishermen and women to come.
When you’re in Ketchikan, head to Thomas Basin, a 10-minute walk from cruise ship docks. Here there’s an abundance of fresh water, which makes it a preferred type of harbor for old wood-hulled fishing boats. Get up close to a troller, gillnetter or seiner, or rub elbows with the crew as they clean boats and get ready for another fishing trip.
Then stop by the Alaska Fish House (bordering Thomas basin) to taste the unsurpassed quality of fresh salmon and halibut that are the basis of this amazingly successful fishery.
Or, get out on a charter and reel one in yourself!
Ketchikan is known as the “salmon capital of the world,” and this uniquely personal tour is your chance to angle for these iconic Alaskan fish — as well as huge halibut. You’ll board an intimate fishing boat — complete with top-quality fishing and rain gear, as well as heaters, snacks, and beverages — close to the Ketchikan cruise terminal. And, since this is a private charter, it will be only your group on board!
Baranof Fishing Excursions offers classic Alaska fishing experiences from their private marina in downtown Ketchikan. They provide everything you need from rubber boots to expert guides, for an extraordinary fishing adventure!
You’ll find out why Ketchikan is famous for salmon with Captain Jared of Rainy Day Charters. Leave the cruise ship crowds behind for an authentic Alaskan experience, surrounded by water, wilderness and wildlife. It’s a perfect excursion for a half-day in port, even better if you have more time to fill your entire box with fish.