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Ketchikan Charter Boats Fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska

Halibut Fishing - Salmon Fishing - Combo charters - Sightseeing Charters

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About Ketchikan Charter Boats

Book a private fishing excursion on any charter
and fish for salmon or halibut or both!

Unlike many other Ketchikan Alaska charter companies, We also specialize in booking single guests on our four-hour Ketchikan salmon charters. We reserve guests up to six per vessel. By adding individual People together, we make an affordable fishing trip of no more than six guests/soles each.
We have been doing this since 1992!
Locally owned and operated for over 28 years.
Just give us a call or email, and we will get you set up.

 

Ketchikan Alaskas World-class fishing!

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 and sightseeing tours for over more than twenty-eight years. We know where to fish and have some of the best salmon and halibut fishing in Alaska.

 

Fishing Instruction/Necessary experience

All our certified captains have the experience to teach you how to hook and help you land your Alaskan salmon or halibut—this trip of a lifetime will be a memory you treasure for years to come. You do not need to be an expert to hook and land quality size fish. Many of our fishing guests have never fished in the ocean. Some may have never been on a boat before. They will instruct you how to properly use the rods and reels and explain what to look for when the fish strikes.

 

Getting from the ship to the fishing vessel

We meet you at the ramp of the ship. You will be looking for the sign with the last name of the reservation. Or as close as we can get. There is a short walk right to the fishing vessel, captain Dan, or one of our other excellent fishing charter fishing captains. He begins getting the state of Alaska licensing filled out and paid for in USD. The captain will then inform everyone with a safety brief before casting off.

 

What you may catch on a four or six-hour salmon charter

At Ketchikan charter boats, depending on the time of year we target, Alaska King Salmon, Alaska Pink Salmon, Alaska Silver Salmon, and Chum, and on the occasional trip, we catch a Sockeye. (See our fish Calendar page for times)

 

Four and six-hour Salmon charter

How do we catch these world-class salmon?
On your Ketchikan Alaska Salmon fishing excursions, We use downriggers on both the four-hour and the six-hour salmon charters to catch your prized Alaskan salmon. 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. Got the time and the minimum, go with the six-hour salmon charter and get two extra hours of fishing trip time.

 

What you may catch on the six-hour halibut charter

On this trip, we target halibut first. When everyone retains the limit of the intended species, the captain may decide if there is a chance and enough time left over. He may set up and troll for, depending on the time of year, Alaska King Salmon, Alaska Pink Salmon, Alaska Silver Salmon, and Chum. (See our fishing Calander page for times)

 

Alaska six-hour halibut fishing charter

Once you get to the halibut hole, he anchors up and sets up all the fishing poles with all top quality gear and baits.
With this trip, you can hold the pole or place it on a pole holder. As every captain has secrets about catching an Alaska halibut, I am unsure 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. These fishing charters are 6-hours long. It takes a little longer most of the time to get out to the best Alaska fishing places for the best experience and gives you the time to catch your limit of Southeast Ketchikan Alaska Halibut.


Get the best of both on a
Eight-hour fishing

On this excursion, you get 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 to have your “Alaskan fishing trip bragging rights” shipped right to your home. Processing is done by a third-party,

Pricing varies with Fed-ex shipping location and weight. Most of the cost is in the overnight shipping.

Sightseeing and
Ketchikan History
from the water


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, While Ketchikan
commercial fishing boats drive by and totem poles standing guard on our beautiful Ketchikan shores.

Your captain lets you in on some Ketchikan history, culture, and local Ketchikan fishing tales.
It does not matter what the day, hour, trip shared, or private. 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.

Private tour options are available for any one of our trips.
Give us a call!

5-Star Reviews from TripAdvisor

Larger salmon caught on a Ketchikan Charter Boat fishing tour
We all had a great time 2019 Captain Dan

We caught eight salmon with Captain Dan. He was helpful because some of us have never been fishing before. If you are in Ketchikan, it is something that you must do.

– Steve K, TripAdvisor
Vacuum sealed salmon, ready to ship to our customer at Ketchikan Charter Boats
Fantastic Fishing Charter! 2019 Captain Danny

Danny was very accommodating and got our fish to a processor who did exactly what we asked. My king arrived home just as promised. Danny is a great guy, trustworthy, and works hard to make it happen for his clients.

– tall tim bersde, TripAdvisor
Salmon caught on a Ketchikan Charter Boat fishing trip
Best Day Fishing 2018 Captain Danny

I went with Danny as our captain, he was ready for us as we got off the cruise boat, and we were fishing very quick there was five of us fishing, and we had our goal of salmon in less than 4 hours. The limit was six apiece and had them to the processing place and back to the cruise boat in four hours.

– Larry Cutting, TripAdvisor
Couple of good fish caught on Ketchikan Charter Boats
Great Charter 2019 Captain Dan

Captain put us on the fish. Great Charter. Would go back. Captain was very knowledgeable of the local waters and best fishing spots.

– TripAdvisor
Bald eagles spotted on a Ketchikan charter boat
Great fishing experience in Ketchikan 2019 Captain Dan

My husband, father, and sons went salmon fishing with Captain Dan. They had so much fun and caught 17 fish. They were able to keep 8 of them. Captain Dan even helped my 77-year-old father catch fish. My boys loved Captain Dan's humor when things got slow and had them calling the fish in!! It worked! He even called to a bald eagle, and the eagle circled the ship and caught a fish in his mouth that Captain Dan threw. Great experience for everyone. They shipped 18.5 lbs of fish to our house in VA for about $200. Totally worth it!

– Patti J Tripadvisor
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Great Experience 2019

These guys know what they are doing. We each caught 2 fish and had many others get off. And he said the fishing was very slow.

– John 8752 Tripadvisor
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