Private Salmon Fishing Adventure
Salmon Fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska
Definitely one for your life's highlight reel: A private half-day charter for salmon fishing in Ketchikan, the Salmon Capital of the World.
After meeting your representative on the pier, a short walk will take you to your waiting fishing boat, which holds no more than six guests. The boats used range in size from 28 to 40 feet in length and have a very basic head.
Setting out from Ketchikan, your crew will get you your fishing license and any additional stamps you may want, as you head to the nearby sheltered waters. Enjoy the hospitality of your experienced Coast Guard-licensed captain who will relish the opportunity to show you, your family, and your friends the breathtaking beauty of Ketchikan from our "local viewpoint" - on the water, pursuing the king, silver, pink, and chum salmon runs that abound in the sheltered waters of Ketchikan.
The fishing on this Ketchikan cruise tour incorporates trolling and downriggers. The line on the fishing pole is attached to a cable with a clip that allows the captains to get the bait (or lures) down to the depth of water where the fish are located. The poles stay in rod holders (guests do not hold the poles) so that any movement will take the line off the downrigger cable. The captains on the Ketchikan tour will vary the depths on all the lines to increase the probability of catching fish. When the fish hit, the line comes off automatically or needs to be pulled off the cable. At this point, the guest takes the pole out of the rod holder and starts reeling. It is sometimes difficult for guests to feel they are fishing when they are not holding a pole, however, this is the only way to fish for salmon in the ocean.
Glimpses of our local mammals and birds - whales, seals, sea otter, porpoise, sea lions - may also be on the tour's agenda; don't be surprised when a majestic bald eagle swoops down near your boat, fishing for its own catch of the day, and allowing you a stellar photo opportunity.
Fishing gear, tackle and bait are included on this tour in Ketchikan. You may choose to catch and release all day or have your catch processed and shipped home for an additional fee.
Please Note: Mandatory fishing licenses and king salmon tags must be purchased directly from your captain on the charter vessel on the day of your tour. All customers must bring $15 US in cash to purchase a fishing license and $15 US in cash to purchase a king salmon tag from the captain in order to participate. King salmon availability varies, from May 1st to July 1st. The purchase of the king stamp is a requirement if you are fishing for king salmon. If the king stamp is not required you will not have to get one (From July 2nd to September 30th). Not having the King Stamp purchased before the fishing trip means you will not be able to keep a king salmon if caught. Please see the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for current retention regulations for non-resident charter fishing. All guests ages 16 and older must have a license.
About Shore Excursions Group
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.