Ketchikan Halibut Fishing Private Charter

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Excursion Overview

Take advantage of some of the world's best halibut fishing here in Ketchikan!

Start your adventure with your knowledgeable guide who escorts you to the dock and navigates the charter into ideal fishing grounds. You will have ample time to catch lots of halibut. Enjoy the calm water and scenic views while you wait!

You'll fish using downriggers. There typically won't be any more than four fishing rods out while trolling because when the fish are really biting, it's hard to keep more than two rods in the water. This helps the boat cover more ground efficiently at various depths. This tour is perfect for all ages and skill sets, and your experienced captain will be there to assist.

Keep an eye out for wildlife including orcas, humpback whales, and bald eagles!

The best part is that you can keep what you catch if desired! The tour operator can facilitate overnight delivery of your fish through a local fish processor. Please see the FAQ tab for more information.

Please note: prices are per group starting at 1,560.00 USD for 1-2 guests.
1-2 guests: 1,560.00 USD
3 guests: 1,690.00 USD
4 guests: 1,885.00 USD
5 guests: 2,210.00 USD
6 guests: 2,340.00 USD

*Attention Norwegian Cruise Ship Guests*

This tour is not offered to Norwegian Cruise Ship guests at this time. If you are interested in a fishing tour, please consider the Ketchikan Guided Fishing Tour for your time in Ketchikan.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from downtown Ketchikan.
  • Bottled water, soda, and snacks
  • All required safety equipment
  • All fishing equipment (bait, ice, etc)
  • Helly Hanson raingear
  • Facilitate delivery of your catch to the local fish processor


  • Guests must be under 350lbs
  • Not included in the cost: A fishing license (15 USD) is required for clients age 16 and older. A king stamp (15 USD) is recommended during June & July *Purchase in advance with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game to save time or bring cash for purchase onboard. Fish processing via a third party.

Duration: 5 hours (Roundtrip transportation from downtown Ketchikan.)

  • 45 minutes - drive to the halibut grounds
  • 3.5 hours - halibut fishing
  • 45 minutes - drive back to the cruise ship

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the end of your cruise ship ramp. Guests docking at Ward Cove must take the free shuttle from Ward Cove to the Downtown Cruise Terminal. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb in and out of the boat. Assistance is available. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs & walkers. There is no storage for motorized scooters onboard but they may be left at the dock. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, anyone 16 or older will need to purchase a license. A King Stamp is recommended if you are halibut fishing in June & July. You can purchase in advance at or you can purchase with cash on the day of.

The price will vary based on many factors: the amount, the type of fish, whether you want the fillets smoked, current shipping rates, and so on. Guests should plan on budgeting roughly 150-250 USD for the processing service.

The processing and shipping is done by a third party service. This includes filleting, vacuum sealing, freezing, storing, and overnight shipping via FedEx. Since you're on vacation, your fish will be stored in a freezer until your preferred shipment date. Overnight shipments are sent out Monday-Thursday, and you will receive your catch the following day.

There's always a chance to see orcas, humpback whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles as they are commonly sighted on this tour; however, since it's not a designated wildlife tour, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Yes, We can facilitate delivery at a local processor after the trip.

Gratuity is not expected but is always appreciated. Gratuity is not included in the price.

The 24' cabin cruisers have a basic porta-potty with a privacy curtain. It is not a separate or dedicated bathroom, however, guests find it sufficient on the private charters.

The waters are generally calm because Ketchikan is protected by various islands.

A party of 7 - 12 guests will need to reserve 2 boats. Per USCG regulations a maximum of 6 guests may be on board our vessel. This excursion cannot add additional people to the boat. Maximum capacity per boat is 6 guests.

Please bring warm, layered clothing/rain gear, a camera, sunglasses, and cash for a fishing license (if not purchased in advance).


Guest Reviews


1 total


Megan P

On Jul 2023

We had a great fishing day with our guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. He helped the tween age kids as well as the adults, on the boat to ensure that they brought in fish without losing them. He adjusted tactics and plan when things got slow. We had an issue were some of the lines in the boat got crossed (our fault) and he handled the situation kindly and effectively. He was meticulous about keeping the boat clean when fish blood etc was present. He helped guide us in options for processing and shipping our fish as well. Loved our fishing day!



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Duration: 5 hours

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Duration: 5 hours

1-2 Charter Guests: $1,560.00

3 Guests: $1,690.00

4 Guests: $1,885.00

5 Guests: $2,210.00

6 Guests: $2,340.00