Book your seat on a public cruise or charter a vessel yourselves by booking a private tour option — fish for salmon or halibut aboard one of our fishing boats.
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About Ketchikan Charter Boats
Unlike many other Ketchikan charter companies, on our Ketchikan charters, we can book single guests on our four-hour salmon excursion, adding in town and cruise ship guests together to make a fishing trip of no more than six guests/soles each on the shared four-hour trips. We can even book large groups of up to 60 people on multiple vessels, six soles/guests to a boat.
You can even book a private excursion on any of our trips and have the whole fishing excursion to yourselves! Just give us a call or email.
So have you ever dreamed of fishing in protected, unspoiled waters? Ketchikan Alaska is known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” With Ketchikan Charter Boats, servicing the Ketchikan area with fishing tours for over more than twenty-seven years we offer some of the best salmon and halibut fishing in Alaska. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or an expert angler – with a fish on the hook and rod and reel in your hands, our highly skilled captains help you make that big catch just like the locals do!
At Ketchikan charter boats we target, Alaska King Salmon, Alaska Pink Salmon, Alaska Silver Salmon, and Chum, and on the occasional trip, we catch a Sockeye.
On your Ketchikan Alaska Salmon fishing excursion with us, we use downriggers on every trip to catch the fish. A downrigger is similar to a little lift with a horizontal adjustable pole or boom that supports a lead cannonball, commonly 12 to 20 pounds, by a stainless steel cable (Or Heavy Duty Braided Downrigger Line). A clip, also known as a “release,” fastens the fishing line to the cannonball weight. And allows the bait or lure to drag behind the boat, as it is moving forward. The pole inserted in a holder until the fish strikes, pulling the fishing line out of the clip. All while the boat is moving through the water, not stationary. When the fish bites the hook, it pulls the fishing line out of the clip, and it’s you and the fish. You can also, if you have the four-person minimum go with the six-hour salmon charter and get two added hours trip of time.
On your Ketchikan Alaska six-hour halibut fishing charter in Ketchikan, Captain Dan, or one of our other excellent halibut charter captains, begins licensing the guests before casting off. Once you get to the halibut hole, he anchors up and sets up all the fishing poles with all top quality gear and baits. As every captain has secrets as to how to catch an Alaska halibut, I am not sure what instruction the captain may give, some let the fishing pole weight hit bottom and then reel up just a bit so that the lead weight is not dragging the bottom, so it does not get stuck. This fishing experience is 6-hours long as it takes a little longer most of the time to get out to the best fishing places, and gives you the time to catch your limit of Ketchikan Alaska Halibut. If the captain sees that you have the time after everyone reaches their limit and can retain no more halibut, he may then set up and troll for salmon on the way back to the dock.
On your Ketchikan Alaska Eight-hour fishing excursion, it is a combination of the above tours.
Typically to get to the best halibut spots, this is what you start fishing for and then salmon. It depends on the weather and where the captain’s places are where he usually catches halibut.
With the eight-hour combo as a pre-booked excursion for an additional charge, you can order up a box lunch or bring your own.
Once you are heading back to the dock, we help you arrange processing and shipping so that you can have your “Alaskan bragging rights” shipped right to your home. processings is done by a third-party,
Pricing varies with Fed-ex shipping location and weight. Most of the cost is in the overnight shipping.
If you’d preferably explore Ketchikan on a boat without a line in the water, our 2.5-hour sightseeing excursions show you a different side of our island. Ride through the Tongass Narrows, all while getting to experience eagles and floatplanes fly overhead, commercial fishing boats drive by, and totem poles standing guard on our shores.
Your captain lets you in on some Ketchikan history, culture, and local fishing tales. Also, on any given day, there is always the possibility of seeing black bears on the island and whales, seals, sea lions, or porpoises in the water.
You’ll soon discover that Ketchikan is a beautiful Alaskan gem. Let us help you turn your Alaskan dreams into reality.