2019 Salmon and Halibut update.

by ryno on February 20, 2019

With Spring fast approaching, we are starting to get the outlines of our fishing regulations. We have the same initial King salmon closure as last year, but amendments are likely to come. With the Herring Cove terminal fishing area adjacent to town, visitors to Ketchikan should enjoy an open area for King Salmon retention.  It can be a busy fishing area, but it’s typically worth the trip. Areas outside the terminal area are likely to remain open to catch and release fishing only. For some of our cruise ship charters, taking meat home is not a high priority for our guests, and that allows us to openly fish other, less crowded areas.  That is the beauty of a private fishing charter. We can customize the trip to fit your desires.  For king salmon, trolling is typically best done by trolling.  We set the rods in downriggers, and use natural and artificial baits to attract fish while on the move.  For our groups that prefer a more hands-on approach, we employ a tactic known as mooching.  Your rod and reel is your weapon, and your perfectly plug cut herring is your ammo. Targeting schools of baitfish, we work the boat and gear in unison to allow you to work your bait through the entire water column. Simply stated, it’s a form of extended range jigging.  It is an extremely active form of fishing, and you get to feel the bite and set the hook.  Just remember, crank before you yank! Either of these styles of fishing are available to our groups of up to 6 anglers. Trolling is our default, but mooching is a specialty only offered by a few captains.  Please let us know if you prefer to try your hand at this technique!

As usual, the Federal Government won’t have our limits on halibut set in stone until mid March.  It will definitely be a 1 fish limit, and likely in mid 20lb range for retention. It’s been that way for years as NMFS tries to appease the commercial fishery without completely cutting you off of this public resource.  Just remember…don’t ever buy commercially caught halibut! Not that it will change our fishery outcome, but it’s the only thing that can be done as of now. Our halibut fishing charters have a very high success rate, any we fish a good distance from town.  We typically see abundant wildlife, and catch multiple other bottom dwelling species in the mix. Pacific cod, rockfish, black cod, and ling cod are common. Halibut are mostly fished on anchor with large baits.  We create a scent and food trail on the bottom of the ocean, and halibut follow their way up that line to our hooks.  Jigging can be incorporated as well as mooching.  Catching a halibut on a salmon rod is an absolute blast!

We also offer a deep drop trip.  Using electric reels at depths ranging from 600-1200 feet, we target deepwater structure using electric assist sportfishing reels.  Catch black cod, rare rockfish species and sharks…but beware, most halibut that cruise these depths are too big for retention, and must be released!

If you would like more info on any of our charters, or would like to reserve your date, please contact us!

Ketchikan Halibut, Ling cod, rockfish charters.

Halibut GAF Permits available for 2019.

by ryno on December 12, 2018

We filled many GAF halibut permits in 2018, and we’ll make them available on our fishing charters for 2019! Permits must be pre-purchased, and prices will be available in March. Here are a few of the permit fish from last year.

2018 Season about to begin!

May 13, 2018

King salmon regs have really locked a part of the fleet down for the early season. With Catch and release rules in effect, many groups are switching over to halibut, rockfish, and on the 16th of May, Long Cod season opens up. Our bottom fish regs have not changed much from last year. Halibut is […]

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Winter fishing report

January 17, 2017

Ketchikan salmon fishing has been a bit slow lately.  We have a storm parked on top of us, making it hard to navigate!  The next break in the weather should give us a chance to chase some King Salmon.  Until then, here is another pic from this past year!

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Dandy early season fishing!

December 28, 2016

Had some great early season salmon and halibut fishing charters.  More fishing charter photos  to come soon!

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Summer 2016

December 17, 2016

We fell behind on our fishing reports and photos of this years’ catch! They will be coming shortly! To start, we had some preseason action on King Salmon and Halibut as well! Book your Ketchikan Halibut Charter today!

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More winter salmon fishing

April 17, 2015

We had another killer day fishing for winter king salmon! It snowed on us, and it was cold, but these elusive fish could not escape our herring and Repko minnow lures!  We started off with 3 fish in the first 90 minutes, 4 fish by the time the next boat showed up, and ground them […]

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Winter king salmon fishing charters

April 9, 2015

We had another great day of salmon fishing on Easter Sunday.  We have not tried to fish halibut yet, but it is coming!  As for now, the kings are in, and they are nice! Lots of the king salmon are 15-25lbs, and they are great eaters!  These feeder kings are cruising the bays, looking for […]

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Salmon fishing update!

April 1, 2015

We put a few hours in trolling for king salmon yesterday, and it produced nicely!  Our first tow yielded nothing while trolling with the tide.  We marked some bait and a few decent fish, so we made a turn, and headed back against the tide. It took about 30 minutes to troll to our eastern […]

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Spring Salmon Fishing Report

March 25, 2015

We have been getting out to fish a bit this winter/spring, and the results have been good.  There seem to be a good number of kings near town for this time of year.  We recently fished for just a couple hours, hooked 8, and landed 6 kings.  While none were very large, the numbers told […]

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2 Months until we start our fishing season!

March 12, 2013

I am getting very excited to head back South to Ketchikan!  I was born a fisherman, and built into a fishing guide.  I love to fish Ketchikan, and this time of year pulls in all directions.  Thinking ahead from logistics of shipping a vehicle from Kodiak to Ketchikan, getting myself down there, and getting the […]

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Ketchikan Alaska Salmon Fishing Charters

February 19, 2013

Our Ketchikan cruise ship fishing charters offer anyone a chance to catch salmon.  Starting with King salmon fishing in May and rolling into our early coho’s and then to the outrageous action of pink salmon.  Salmon fishing charters in Ketchikan are great because our short runs to the fishing grounds and ease of access for […]

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Cruise Ship Salmon and Halibut Fishing Charters

February 11, 2013

Who wants to go Salmon fishing!?  Halibut fishing!?  King Salmon, Pink Salmon, Chum Salmon, Coho Salmon….we run daily fishing charters in Ketchikan, Alaska for all of them.  May and June for King Salmon, July through Sept. for all other species.  Halibut fishing is good throughout our fishing season with the best fishing from mid June […]

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Ketchikan Alaska Salmon Fishing

February 3, 2013

Just a quick post with a picture of Ketchikan salmon fishing in July.  Late July is a great time to catch your Alaska salmon with us.

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Moose hunting…almost.

November 24, 2012

We had a great year of charter fishing this year. Now it is time for hunting. We went to Delta Junction and made an attempt to moose hunt. I never thought that I would actually say that we almost went moose hunting. It’s funny that pretty much the only thing that messes up our fishing […]

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Ketchikan Salmon Fishing Charter

May 16, 2012

First salmon charter of the year produced a beauty! Caught at 74 feet on a left hand rolling whole herring behind a KoneZone Chrome and Chartreuse flasher.  

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Great Dates Still Available!!!

April 20, 2012

We still have one great block of dates in June for Kings.  If you are looking to come fishing for a few days and haven’t booked yet, this is the time! We have a week long block from June 8th through June 14th.  This is a great time to fish Kings and Halibut.  It includes […]

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Halibut Fishing Update

April 20, 2012

Here comes spring!  We have been getting some great weather and the fishing continues to improve.  Less than 2 weeks until the first cruise ship arrives in Sitka (my winter home and fishing grounds) and the street sweepers are out and the downtown buildings are being painted after a tough winter.  We broke records for […]

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Dungeness Crabbing

March 31, 2012

On Thusrday, we ventured out and set some crab pots.  SE Alaska in true form gave us sun, wind, rain, hail, snow, flat calm, and more wind in just a short time.  We set some pots shallow and some deep and gave them a 24 hour soak.  On the way in, we fished close to […]

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Winter Halibut Fishing

March 27, 2012

Just a pre-season halibut fishing update…last week, we fished for just a short time and picked up one nice 32lb halibut along with a good batch of other bottomfish.  This past weeked landed us 4 “chicken” halibut on a half day of fishing.  They are starting to enter Sitka Sound following the herring and other […]

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Ketchikan Fishing Charters

March 7, 2012

I am sooooo ready to get out and fish.  The last three weeks have been filled with snow, ice, and wind making halibut and salmon fishing out of the question.  In the winter time, I keep the boat on the trailer, and it is nearly impossible to launch under the conditions.  Halibut should start showing […]

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Fisheries Advisor Gets What He Deserves

February 17, 2012

FISHERIES AIDE SENTENCED FOR LACEY ACT VIOLATIONS By SeafoodSource staff 13 February, 2012 – A federal judge in Anchorage has fined and sentenced to five months in prison a former member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council who pled guilty to violating federal fisheries regulations. U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland handed down […]

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Ketchikan Halibut Fishing Charters

February 8, 2012

For halibut fishing this year, we got an improvement in our size restrictions.  Last year, the federal government put a 37″ maximum size on halibut in Southeast Alaska which includes Ketchikan.  The rule was an obvious “take that” move to the charter fleet as the feds care only for commercial fishing.  The commercial halibut fishermen […]

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Ketchikan Halibut Fishing, Salmon Fishing Charters

February 6, 2012

At the Sacramento ISE, we had great interest from those taking an Alaska cruise this year!  Many people are learning that booking through the cruise lines is more expensive, and no more guaranteed to return you to your ship on time!  Yes, we guarantee you will be back to your ship on time!  With the […]

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Alaska Cruise fishing charters

January 10, 2012

Disney cruises to Alaska and Norwegian Cruise lines cruises to Alaska have been heavily advertised on television up here.  Both cruise lines make the stop in Ketchikan, AK on their inside passage cruises.   We take alot of passengers from these and other cruise lines fishing each year.  These cruise lines are in town long enough […]

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Weather is still ugly!

December 31, 2011

We arrived back in Sitka to a small bit of snow, and it has turned into a big mass!  This is what seems to be our 4 year rotation of more “severe” weather.  This summer in Ketchikan was extremely windy and that made fishing extremely difficult at times.  Trolling for salmon had an added degree […]

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Winter hunting

December 5, 2011

Yesterday, I finally got the boat back in the water! We had record snow for the month of November, and that made it near impossible to tow Outcast.  Halibut fishing, salmon fishing, NO!  Not this time.  It is the final month of deer hunting and that was our target.  We left the dock to do […]

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Not much fishing lately

November 23, 2011

A pretty good snow has covered us up for much of the last week making a launch of Outcast impossible.  I ditched the fishing yesterday and jumped in with a buddy for some deer hunting.  We launched his 22ft Boston Whaler, drove past the popular halibut fishing spots and headed to Peril Strait.  On the […]

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Ketchikan halibut and salmon fishing charters

November 14, 2011

The snow showed up in full force last night.  It will make it tough to chase winter kings for awhile, as launching the boat could be dangerous.  This will give me a little time to work on the website, and maybe do some deer hunting.  I suspect that a halibut fishing report or salmon fishing […]

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Ketchikan Shore Excursions

October 31, 2011

Ketchikan has so much to do even if you are in for only a short time. In fact there are more shore excursions offered by Holland America Lines in Ketchikan than any other port in the world! It obviously costs more to book on the ship as they want to make all the money they […]

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Halibut fishing update

October 25, 2011

I went out with a friend last night for a couple hours in search of halibut.  We have been hearing a few reports of some bigger fish just outside of town and felt like doing some jigging.  We did not find any halibut, but did find some nice yelloweye rockfish.  We fished anywhere from 115 […]

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Salmon fishing, Halibut fishing

October 20, 2011

The commercial winter king salmon fishery opened the other day, and I have heard some reasonable reports.  A few of the boats I talked to reported catches of 21, 17, and 14 Kings.  Also heard that Clay went sportfishing and landed 5 on the day.  These are encouraging numbers as these feeder kings become our […]

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Halibut fishing

October 14, 2011

Recently, we have been out doing some bottomfishing and had great success.  Halibut are becoming tougher to find as the fall comes along, but they are still out there.  On our last halibut fishing trip, we found a handful in only a couple hours and had a nice bonus of some large lingcod and big […]

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Halibut Fishing Report

September 28, 2011

We did a quick evening trip last night and had a great time!  Didn’t run far, and found some great fish. 8 Quillback rockfish, 1 Yelloweye Rockfish, 3 Pacific cod, some other random rockfish species, and 5 nice Halibut.  We were fishing a piece of hard structure that had a really nice sandy-gravel trench on top […]

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Ketchikan 2012

September 26, 2011

Looking at the latest from the cruise lines, the Hapag-Lloyd “Hanseatic” and The World Residences at sea will be overnighting in Ketchikan.  This will give a great opportunity to those looking for an extended fishing trip in Ketchikan to do so.  The World will be staying two nights and the Hanseatic for one.  Those on […]

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Halibut Fishing in Ketchikan

September 21, 2011

This is my cousin Steve.  This fish was 88 lbs. and fell to a B-2 hoochie and chunk bait of herring.  We actually hooked the fish twice.  The first time we brought it up about 50 feet and my dad’s line got tangled in it and released it.  The second time put up a fine […]

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Ketchikan Salmon Fishing

September 20, 2011

This was a great King salmon!  Flat calm day, no rain, and a great battle! Laurie almost handed the rod off due to exhaustion! She’s sure glad she didn’t now!  This King salmon was taken north of Ketchikan on a whole herring around July 9th-10th.  We had 4 others and they were running between 17- […]

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Ketchikan, AK Remote Fishing Charters

September 19, 2011

The “Outlaw”.  Owned by family, and will be our next endeavour. Remote, multi-day transport, lodging, and access to the best fishing in SE Alaska.  When you find the best fishing and can move with the fish as they are coming in, it makes for a trip that NO land based lodge can compete with.  With […]

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Fishing Reports

September 19, 2011

Just got a new style of posting Ketchikan, Alaska fishing reports.  This will make it easier to keep up on reports, and post pictures of our trips.  I am now back in Sitka and will be doing some fishing here, but will not be as busy as I am in the summer. We will be at […]

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