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 boat in top shape are some of the top of the list.  My other big task this time of year is keeping my website up to date so that you folks can find me.  Some of us “rough Alaskan” fishermen have built and maintain our own websites.  We “strain” over the keyboard throughout the winter to make sure we hit the search engines in the top spots.  This “fishing report” is one way to do that.  In fact, most people will not read beyond this, nor will they take the time to read much of the information on the rest of the website.  Most people know exactly what they want.  Ketchikan fishing charter, Ketchikan salmon fishing, Ketchikan halibut fishing, Ketchikan fishing guide…and the list goes on.  In fact, in the last month alone, there were 184 unique search phrases that hit the site.  Some were different just because “Ketchikan” is a spelling shot-in-the-dark to many people.  Ketchican is the most popular, but I have seen Ketscatchewan, Katchacan, Ketchinken, and even one of my competitors misspells it on his advertisements as Kethchikan!  Wow…you are still reading?  You must either be really interested in my complete blabbering, or really still looking for a reason to go salmon fishing or halibut fishing with this fishing guide in the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan.  I cannot put it all into words.  I recommend looking over the site, look at the charter boat, look at the pictures of all the salmon and halibut from our cruise ship charters…oh my, cruise ship charters…that will be the next word bombing fishing report.  Look for it real soon!


Ketchikan Alaska Salmon Fishing Charters

by ryno on 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 our guests. Whether you arrive on a Disney Cruise, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, or any other that comes through town, we move our charter boat close to your ship to pick you up.  No long walks, cab/van/bus rides, and no wasting time to get you on the fish.  We offer licenses on the boat, drinks, snacks, and all the fishing gear.  King salmon start our season off.  They typically range from 15-25 lbs with many fish breaking the 30lb and even 40lb mark.  Depending on the area, timing, and availability of fish, we will use herring, vinyl squid (hoochies), and metal spoons while trolling.  These are the lowest number and hardest to catch of all the salmon species in Ketchikan.  The time and fighting effort put into each King Salmon makes them all a great reward.

Ketchikan King Salmon Cruise Ship Fishing CharterWe then roll into our early coho run and then to a mixed bag of salmon.  Some king salmon are still lurking, along with a few coho.  Pink salmon become the name of the game.  Lots of aggressive salmon converge on Ketchikan and the action can be overwhelming.  It can be hard to get all the lines in the water and avoid tangles when the pink bite hits full throttle! Doubles become the norm, with the occasional triple and quad hookup.  4 wild Alaska salmon running and dancing behind, beside, and under the boat is a situation sure to get anyone’s excitement to rise!  The limits on pinks in Ketchikan, Alaska is 6 per person, and our fishing charters yeild limits many, many times throughout the season!Ketchikan Salmon Fishing Cruise Ship Charter

Some of our groups try their hand at an extended 6 or 8 hour Ketchikan Fishing Charter.  On these trips, salmon and/or halibut are available.  We get to run a bit further from town to find fish as needed.  Having an extra 2-4 hours can make a huge difference in catches, and fish availability.  These charters typically take us 15-20 miles from town and put us into some very productive fishing areas.  Most of our cruise ship guests book a charter to focus either on halibut fishing, or salmon fishing.  Sometimes we get into it all…both on purpose, and by accident.  Halibut will come off the bottom and strike a bait being trolled for salmon, and that can be quite an interesting fight!

Ketchikan halibut fishing salmon charter

Arriving by cruise ship, staying in town, whatever your itinerary, we have a charter that can be customized to your group!  Contact us today for more information or to book your date with us!


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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