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Ketchikan Fishing Charters

Ketchikan: A Fish Story

Ketchikan: A Fish Story  (34:52)

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!

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Fishing Charters

Season: May 20 to Sep 15 $200+ per person 4-8 hrs

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!

Season: May - September $249+ Day Trips 6+ hrs

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!

Season: May to September $200+ Fishing, $100 Wildlife Viewing 2 hours - Full Day

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.

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