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Ketchikan Salmon Fishing Private Charter

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Excursion Overview

Ketchikan is famous for its waters teeming with five different species of salmon.

This private fishing tour allows for your small group to have a true Alaskan fishing experience away from the crowds. You'll take a short walk from your cruise ship to the charter boat dock, and then your captain will navigate to the most productive salmon fishing grounds in the area.

You'll fish for salmon using downriggers. There usually won't be more than four fishing rods out while trolling because when the fishing is hot, it's difficult to keep more than two rods in the water. This will allow the charter to cover more ground efficiently at various depths. This tour is great for all ages and skill sets, and your guide is there to help and provide local knowledge.

You might even see wildlife like orcas, humpback whales, and bald eagles!

The best part? You get to keep what you catch! If you would like, overnight delivery can be facilitated through a local fish processor. Please see the FAQ tab for more information.

Please note: prices are per group starting at 1,300.00 USD for 1-2 guests.
1-2 guests: 1,300.00 USD
3 guests: 1,430.00 USD
4 guests: 1,560.00 USD
5 guests: 1,820.00 USD
6 guests: 2,080.00 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 (25 USD) is required for clients age 16 and older. A king stamp (15 USD) is recommended during June & July *Purchase in advance at to save time or bring cash for purchase onboard. Fish processing via a third party.

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip transportation from downtown Ketchikan.)

  • 15 minutes - drive to the salmon grounds
  • 3.5 hours - salmon fishing
  • 15 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 salmon 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


5 total


Bradley L

On Jun 2024

We had a great time fishing and enjoying wildlife. Despite terrible weather it was a great day!


On Sep 2023

We had a fantastic day with Captain Ryan! We head three children ages 10,8,6. Ryan met us right by our ship and took us to his boat docked just a few feet away! He was so nice, knowledgeable and patient with our kids. We caught a ton of salmon and shipped it back to Chicago!! Such a great experience!!

Ganesh K

On Aug 2023

A great guide with fantastic local knowledge.

Samantha G

On Jul 2023

We had a great time with Capt Joey fishing in Ketchikan. He was friendly and helpful. He knew the spots to go to find the salmon. Would recommend this excursion.

Carina M

On Aug 2022

I booked this as a surprise for my husband and adult sons they were absolutely wowed, it was beyond their expectations! It was a private charter for just them, the captain was extremely knowledgeable and fun, they caught 6 very large salmons and we paid extra to ship it home, it arrived 2 days after we arrived back from our cruise. This is a must-do in Ketchikan and worth every penny. They received the royal service and were dropped off right by our cruise.



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Duration: 4 hours

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Duration: 4 hours

1 to 2 Charter Guests: $1,300.00

3 Guests: $1,430.00

4 Guests: $1,560.00

5 Guests: $1,820.00

6 Guests: $2,080.00

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