Ketchikan, Alaska was founded on the abundance of salmon in its waters. It has a rich fishing tradition lives on today. Ketchikan’s fishing grounds are some of the most fertile in the world. It receives massive runs of salmon migrating into the protected waters behind Prince of Wales Island. This fact gave Ketchikan the nickname of “Salmon Capitol of the World”. Huge numbers of King , Coho, Sockeye, Chum, and Pink Salmon inhabit the waters of Ketchikan, Alaska. This beckons anglers from around the world to experience a truly exciting and rewarding sportfishing adventure. The salmon fishing in Ketchikan is hands down the hottest in the world. With the pristine beauty of Tongass National Forrest and Misty Fjords National Monument as a backdrop, a Ketchikan fishing adventure is a good as it gets.
If you aren’t sold by Ketchikan’s stunning vistas and abundance of fish, the fact that great salmon fishing is a mere 15 minute ride from the harbor may tip the scales. Many fishing destinations require long, time-consuming rides to the fishing grounds. This takes up lots of your valuable fishing time, and making it difficult for cruise ship passengers to participate. But in Ketchikan, the fish come to you! And it is awesome.
Ketchikan fishing isn’t just about salmon. Monster halibut, lingcod, pacific cod, rockfish and red snapper also call Ketchikan home. For clients who will be staying in Ketchikan, we have several options for halibut fishing and combination salmon & halibut fishing charters. We also offer Halibut fishing charters for cruise ship clients who have at least six hours Ketchikan. Battling a giant Alaskan halibut is an experience that is not to be missed!
Ketchikan is Alaska at its finest. The forests, mountains and fjords that surround are home to an amazing variety of wildlife. Black bears, whales, seals, sea lions and majestic bald eagles are commonly seen on a Ketchikan fishing trip. Ketchikan also has a rich Native American culture, with the world’s largest collection of totem poles in nearby Totem Bight, Saxman Village and Totem Heritage Center. The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show also helps keep the history and traditions of this beautiful region alive. But the real draw of Ketchikan is the fishing.