Premium and Private Luxury Fishing Charters in Alaska
Enjoy a fishing experience like no other when you visit the great north to fish along Alaska’s Inside Passage!
The Inside passage is a waterway formed by numerous islands along the coast of Alaska that is sheltered from the open seas of the Gulf of Alaska. The Passage allows ships of various sizes to travel up the coast from British Columbia, all the way to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve without venturing into the open ocean.
Most of the small cities and towns along the Inside Passage are connected by either air or by ferry boat, with roads located outside of the city being somewhat sparse. The cities of the Inside Passage include Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, and we can help you arrange yacht and fishing trips in any one of them.
Fishing in Alaska’s Inside Passage
Although open ocean charters are available, the Inside Passage offers some of the best sport fishing in the world with king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish being regularly caught in these waters. The best time of the year to fish in Juneau is between May and September when the weather is nice and the fish are on the move!
Often people fishing for silver salmon, which is also known as koho, will find the best time is mid-July when they typically start their spawning runs, where they travel from the open ocean to the rivers and streams where they were born. Silver salmon, which typically fall into the 7-11 pound range, put on quite a show when hooked because they are surface fighters and get quite acrobatic trying to get off the hook!
Halibut, caught using a rod and reel, weigh between 20 to 40 pounds, but can be much larger, as the Alaska sport fishing record is 459 pounds! Since the fish are big and strong, be prepared for a battle! Halibut are caught on both metal and plastic artificial baits, as well as natural live/cut baits. An experienced charter boat captain will know which bait is the best depending upon the time of year and conditions. No need to worry about what to do with your fish after it has been caught, as the crew of most of the charter boats will get the fish cleaned and shipped back to their client’s home, where it can be enjoyed for months!
Those who book fishing charters along Alaska’s Inside Passage typically set out from one of the scenic cities of Juneau, Sitka or Ketchikan.
Fishing from Juneau
Juneau is a small city located deep inside the Inside Passage and is also the capital of Alaska. The two closest large cities are Vancouver, Canada to the south and Anchorage, to the northwest. The city offers many restaurants, hotels and other accommodations, some of which are seasonal type establishments that close during the winter season.
The area around Juneau is one of the prettiest places on earth with mountains being located just outside of the city where a wide variety of wildlife can be observed including bears and bald eagles. Whale watching is a popular activity when not fishing, with many charter boats offering this as well. On land there are a number of excellent places to visit including the Sawyer and Mendenhall glaciers.
A trip to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is also a great side trip, where you can observe the glaciers shedding ice into the ocean. Juneau is all about the outdoors because it just not get any better than this! Also be sure to bring a camera with several memory cards and spare batteries as you are going to need them to document your Alaska experience!
Sitka Fishing Charters
Sitka is a small city located on the western side of the Gulf of Alaska and is the only city in southwestern Alaska with direct access to the deep waters of the Gulf of Alaska. As with most cities in the area, Sitka is only accessible by either ferry or aircraft, but there is really no need for a car, as almost everything is within walking distance of downtown. Sitka offers numerous restaurants and accommodations, including hotels, lodges and bed and breakfast establishments.
Sitka is somewhat unique in that anglers have excellent fishing options available in both the Gulf of Alaska, as well as in the nearby Inside Passage. Fish species caught in the area include king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish. Although the weather in the area is temperate, the best fishing here is between late spring and early fall, before the fall and winter rains begin to fall.
The scenery around Sitka is breathtaking with mountains being located just outside of the city. As with most things in Alaska, most activities are oriented towards the outdoors. The area offers excellent hiking in nearby Sitka National Historic Park, Mount Edgecumbe and the Saint Lazaria Wilderness, all of which are nearby. Additional trails worth exploring include the Harbor Mountain Trail, where panoramic views of the Sitka area will be found, as well as the Heart Lake Trail. In addition to great fishing, Sitka offers stunning scenery and wildlife rarely seen in the lower 48 states.
As with most of the towns and cities along the Inside Passage, transportation in and out of Ketchikan is by either ferry or aircraft. Ketchikan is a very popular city during the summer months and offers numerous restaurants and accommodations, including hotel and bed and breakfast establishments.
Ketchikan is known as the “Salmon Capital of the world” and the fishing for king salmon is exceptional! The king salmon, also known as the chinook, is a very strong and fast fish and are typically found in deeper waters around Ketchikan. Once hooked, they will let you know you are in for a fight as they are going to do everything they can to get away. It is not unusual for fisherman to land king salmon weighing up to 50 pounds! Once you have caught all of the fish you want, the crew of most of the charter boats will get the fish cleaned and shipped back to their client’s home, where they will be eating fish for months.
The scenery around Ketchikan is breathtaking with mountains being located just outside of the city where a wide variety of trails can be found in the nearby Tongass national Forest. As with most of Alaska, wildlife and birds are everywhere! Ketchikan is also home to the largest collection of free standing totem poles in the world, many of which can be found at the Totem Heritage Center. The Misty Fiords National Monument is also worth a visit.
Be sure to bring a camera, because in addition to catching a lot of fish, you will be spending time in one of the prettiest places on earth!