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Fishing in Ketchikan - simply wanting information

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Fishing in Ketchikan - simply wanting information

We are considering a trip to Ketchikan this June to do some salmon/halibut fishing. I'm looking for some information just on fishing in general, where, when the fish run, area to stay near the docks, etc. I'd like to build my own trip rather than hire out an entire trip through a charter. Can anyone help? There are 4 of us. We have experience in fishing, but not in the open ocean. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

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1. Re: Fishing in Ketchikan - simply wanting information

You can hire fishing charters by the half or full day......that would be the way to go......they usually supply the fishing gear and know where the fish are running at.......

Other than that, just book your own accommodations, flights or ferry tickets into/out of Ketchikan and maybe a rental car for part of your trip and you should be all set.....no need to fly into an expensive fishing resort.......

Start your research with looking through the hotels and activities on the top bar of this forum and if you have any specific questions about lodging or fishing charters, come back to this original post......lots of volunteers here, even a few from Ketchikan who can give you lots of good advice.....

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2. Re: Fishing in Ketchikan - simply wanting information

You can rent boats from Clover Pass Resort. No open ocean around here, but the water can still get rough in a hurry, and just because the shoreline is within a hundred yards doesn't mean you'll make it if you turn your skiff over, so be sure you have lifejackets and other safety gear with you. In June you can fish for King Salmon or halibut, and there may be some pinks in the area then as well. Be sure you get a copy of the fishing regulations and know where you can fish and how many you're allowed to keep. You might want to split your trip between booking time with one of the charter outfits and exploring with a rented boat on your own.

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Thank you for your help - booking a charter for one day sounds like a good idea. And for sure about the life jackets and boat safety. Besides Halibut and Salmon, is there lingcod, rockfish, shellfish as well? What about fishing from the dock or pier (or shore?) somewhere?

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There are lings and rockfish- most charters will charge you extra in Homer or Seward for a 'combo' charter- that's to say, going out for salmon and halibut or halibut/rockfish/lingcod. Not sure about the SE. Lings for non-residents are 1 per day, limit 2 per year. Halibut are limited to 1 per day in the SE. Here are the regs for you to look over:

…alaska.gov/static/…2014SE_complete.pdf

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Hi there - just getting back to this post as we leave on Saturday. Thank you all for your responses.

Do all places charge the same for license/stamps or do some have a markup? Is Walmart the best place to get everything we'll need, plus stock up food?

Ketchikan looks like it's going to be wet while we are there, so packing the rain gear!

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License prices are dictated by the State of Alaska. 1 - day fishing licenses are currently $20 per person 16 yrs. and older. 3 - day fishing licenses are currently $35 a person. I would head to Safeway for food and license. It is right in town and has a much better selection of food items than our very small Wal-Mart and can sell you a license.

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7. Re: Fishing in Ketchikan - simply wanting information

Thank you!

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Thank you!

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