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.

A Day on the Water

A family aboard a fishing boat hold up the fish they caught.

Captains strive to give guests the best experience possible, no matter what the conditions. If fishing for one species is poor, they'll give you the option to switch your trip and go after the other.

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!

The company’s boats were truly tailor-made for salmon and halibut fishing, and during the peak season, you’ll ride just 15–20 minutes in them to get to the salmon grounds. The whole way, you’ll be in calm, protected waters, which makes this a great experience for everyone, including families with younger kids or people prone to seasickness. Plus, no fishing experience is necessary. Your captain and guide will walk you through every step of the process from setup through to reeling in your catch!

But what sets The Alaska Catch apart is the level of attentive service and personalization. The owner, Mike, and other boat captain, Jimmy, want to give their guests the best experience possible on that day. If weather conditions are poor in the halibut-fishing area, for example, they’ll give you the option to go salmon fishing instead. If the weather is bad in both areas, they may even give you the option to cancel, as well as recommend another area activity. Their goal is to have satisfied guests!

Charter Options

Salmon Fishing: 4- or 6-hour tour

The 4-hour tour is great for July through early September, when the fish are closer to shore; in early June and late September, the 6-hour tour gives you more time to reach the areas where they congregate.

Halibut Fishing: 6-hour tour

It’s about a 45-minute run out to the fishing grounds, where you’ll anchor over an area rich with halibut, as well as Pacific cod, rockfish, and lingcod. On a cruise and only in port for six hours? Ask to make this a 5-hour charter.

Salmon and Halibut Combo or Crabbing: 6- or 8-hour tour

Combo trips are an especially great option if you have kids—when they get bored fishing for one thing, fish for another! On the 6-hour tour, you’ll usually start with halibut fishing, then switch over to salmon (though you can also do the opposite). Plan in advance and you can swap out either salmon or halibut and add crabbing instead! This is a good option for early season, before salmon fishing opens. Just be aware that crab must be cooked before it’s shipped; The Alaska Catch can arrange this for you on the 8-hour trip as long as it’s confirmed in advance.

About The Alaska Catch

The owner of The Alaska Catch, Mike, came to Ketchikan as a 20-something in 2006 and started working for a fishing charter operator; he quickly fell in love with Southeast Alaska. He saw how other captains interacted with guests and took care of their boats, and he developed his own style. In 2013, he was inspired to start his own business, and his passion for both fishing and Ketchikan shines through on every fishing trip he does!

What to Bring

  • Layered clothing with a waterproof / Gore-Tex outer layer and rain gear. Extra gear is provided if needed.
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash for fishing license (if not purchased online in advance)

Getting There

2417 Tongass Ave.
S111-305
Ketchikan, AK 99901

Cruise clients will be met at the end of the ship ramp. It’s a 5-minute walk to the boat.

Guests staying in Ketchikan will be met at the City Float Marina.

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season May 15 - Sept. 15
Duration 4 - 8 hours
Rates 4-hr Salmon Fishing // $200 per person | based on 4 clients
6-hr Salmon Fishing // $250 per person | based on 4 clients
6-hr Halibut Fishing // $250 per person | based on 4 clients
6-hr Salmon / Halibut Combo // $250 per person | based on 4 clients
8-hr Salmon / Halibut Combo // $350 per person | based on 4 clients
Rate Notes For parties of less than four, special pricing and discounts are available. Prices do not include: sales tax, fishing licenses, King Salmon stamps, fish processing, or gratuities. (Fishing Licenses and King Salmon Stamps can be purchased onboard with cash, but purchasing online at Alaska.gov will save fishing time and is much appreciated.)

Photos

The Alaska Catch