When it comes to Alaska fishing, few destinations within the Last Frontier can compete with Ketchikan. Ketchikan is a mix of traditional Alaska, Gold Rush Alaska, and modern day Alaska all rolled into one. It is a fishing town, but it’s also stunningly beautiful in both architecture as well as environmentally speaking. It also happens to be the “Salmon Capital of the World”.
Ketchikan is home to King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Pink Salmon, Chum Salmon, and Sockeye Salmon. But the real reason it’s considered the “Salmon Capital of the World” is because it is home to Alaska’s largest Salmon runs. If you are visiting Alaska and are looking to get some of the freshest best tasting Salmon on the planet shipped back to your home, this is the place to do it.
But fishing in Ketchikan does not stop at Salmon. Ketchikan is also known for its stellar Halibut fishing. Having lived in Alaska myself for a decade, fried Halibut that was freshly caught easily became my favorite fish to eat. If you’re planning to add halibut to your target list, your best bet is a late summer trip into this southeastern area of the state. This is when Halibut come in close to feed. This is because they chase the Salmon in, but they also chase down herring and cod – which is their favorite fish to eat.
Ketchikan also has a resident fish located nearshore that is available all year around. This is the rockfish. These fish can also be added to your fishing menu. Rockfish are readily available and tasty add-ons for your Alaska fishing haul. The best part is you can use a single set up, such as jigs, to target rockfish, halibut, and lingcod all at once. One last note on rockfish, Alaska is home to over 30 species of them.
Lastly, where to stay and who to fish with in Ketchikan.
A popular destination for lodging and vacating is the Clover Pass Resort. This resort is concentrated on servicing traveling anglers and the charter companies who serve them. In the Clover Pass Marina you will find many charter companies onsite, but if you want a tip from us about who to book with, we recommend Oasis Alaska Charters.
These guys are local and have decades of experience. They are extremely busy, but can usually squeeze a booking in with a little “heads up.” Even if you are just stopping by on a cruise ship stop, they can help plan a quick trip into the fishing grounds during your stay. Give them a call (206) 909-6126 or visit their site: https://www.oasisalaskacharters.com/