Alaska Fishing

Fishing in Ketchikan Alaska

Ketchikan Alaska Fishing Scene

Ketchikan, Alaska's First City, offers the traveling fisherman opportunities to fish both Freshwater and Saltwater from a boat or from miles of shoreline that can be accessed by road. Ketchikan was founded on commercial fishing and logging. During the Alaskan Gold Rush, as a number of people were travelling through the Ketchikan area heading north to the gold mines, a select few hearty souls saw that their fortune was to be found in the abundant Salmon runs, instead of the in the ground. Although it is now a popular tourist destination, Ketchikan still lives and prospers on its commercial fishing roots. Excellent lodging options, a city large enough to support restaurants, shopping, and the arts, and great and abundant fishing opportunities combine to make Ketchikan a premier Alaska Fishing Destination.

Freshwater Fishing in Ketchikan AK

In Ketchikan Alaska, freshwater fishing beckons the angler interested in catching big Salmon, Dolly Varden, Steelhead, or Trout. The road system in Ketchikan is your ticket to access the areas rivers and streams, lakes and ponds. These bodies of water team with Coho Salmon (Silver Salmon), Pink Salmon, Steelhead, Sockeye Salmon, Trout, Dolly Varden, Cutthroat, occasionally King Salmon in some larger streams or rivers, and other fish. Whether you are fishing in lakes, rivers, or streams small boats, canoes, and kayaks can be used to reach excellent fishing grounds for both fly fishing and standard fishing with a spinning rod when you want to get away from the popular shoreline fishing areas just off the road. In many areas though a boat is not required as shoreline access is available for fishing without a boat, near area roadways. Freshwater Fishing for King Salmon is often closed in Ketchikan, but be sure to check local regulations during your trip for the most up to date information.

Saltwater Fishing in Ketchikan Alaska

Ketchikan offers some of the best Saltwater Fishing around. There are limited places where you can try saltwater fishing from shore, but from a boat you can access many more productive fishing ground. King Salmon or Chinook, Coho Salmon or Silvers, Giant Halibut, Rockfish, Ling Cod, and other types of fish all call the area around Ketchikan home. Charter boats are available for tourists or those who do not own their own boat. Also a number of fishing lodges are in the area which can offer you a turnkey fishing experience with everything from food and lodging, to guide services and packing of your catch covered in one price.

Ketchikan Alaska Salmon Fishing

Ketchikan is probably best known for its Salmon Fishing opportunities. Saltwater and Freshwater areas give you a variety of places to go Salmon Fishing in and around Ketchikan, AK. Like other areas, booking a day with a Ketchikan Alaska Salmon Fishing Guide is probably the best way to experience everything that Alaska Salmon Fishing has to offer when you are in a town and fishing areas that you are unfamiliar with.

Ketchikan Alaska Fishing

Freshwater Fishing Areas

Fishing in Ketchikan Creek

The Most accessible area to fish in Ketchikan is probably Ketchikan Creek on the South end of town. Special sport fishing regulations are often in effect in this particular body of water, so be sure to check local regulations before hitting bank. Silver Salmon, Steelhead, King Salmon, and Pink Salmon all come into Ketchikan Creek to spawn. Seasonally fishing for these various Salmon and Steelhead can be very productive. Dolly Varden and Cutthroat Trout also call the creek home and are present year round.

Fishing in The White River

The White River is home to solid Spring Runs of Steelhead, and Fall runs of Coho or Silver Salmon. The White River is accessed through private land via a logging road about 20 miles from town, so you will want to verify current access regulations with the Cape Fox Corporation before attempting to fish this River from shore. Dolly Varden, Cutthroat, Chum Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Pink Salmon are also present in the river at various times, with some being available year round for anglers and fly fishermen.

Talbot Lake and Connell Lake Fishing

Fishing in Talbot and Connell Lakes is excellent for various species of Trout. To get there simply take the Ward Creek logging road about 12-13 miles. Rainbows, Cutthroat, and Brook Trout are abundant in the lakes and regularly take flies and spinners. Dolly Varden are also available and can be very aggressive in the fall.

Fishing in Ward Creek

Locals and tourists alike flock to the Ward Creek area to fish for Steelhead and Silver Salmon. An easy 8 mile drive north on a logging spur from the lake hwy. puts you right in the heart of this productive area. There are forest service campgrounds and a picnic area on nearby Ward lake, and a number of places where you can claim a small spot of shoreline and enjoy a bent rod for the rest of the day. Pick Salmon, Red Salmon, Dolly Varden, and Cutthroat are also present in the creek and regularly are caught on flies, streamers, beads, and spinners.

Saltwater Fishing Areas

Ketchikan Fishing Charter at Sunrise

Fishing in the Portland Canal

The Portland Canal is one of the most productive and remote fishing areas near Ketchikan. About 65 miles from town, it does take a considerable boat ride to get there, but that being said many people feel that the fishing is well worth it. King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, and Ling Cod are all found here in abundance. Once you get there it is not uncommon to limit out so fast you can still make it back to town for dinner with a fast boat. Its distance is both its blessing and its curse as it prevents overfishing and produces so well due to the very difficulty of getting there.

Herring Bay Fishing

A boat is not required to access Herring Bay, because it is right off the road. That being said shore fishing is often less productive then fishing from a boat, and many great areas are reachable only from a boat. King Salmon and Silver Salmon are fished here by both trolling and mooching. Halibut are also dense on the bottom of the Bay, and occasionally are landed as by-catch by those targeting Silvers mooching deep with jigs.

Tongass Narrows Fishing Area

Fishing from shore right around town can also produce for those limited on time, or those who for one reason or another have decided not to take out a boat. Dolly Varden and Salmon, as well as Flounder and occasionaly other bottom fish can be caught from shore. King Salmon and Halibut can also be targeted from a boat. Trolling for Kings is popular in the area, and bottom Fishing for Halibut also produces.

Fishing in Foggy Bay

A trip to Foggy Bay is approximately 40 miles. Once there you will be glad you made the trip. Bottom fishing is very popular in this area due to the abundance of Halibut, Rockfish, and Ling Cod. When fishing for halibut areas where deep water rapidly becomes shallower with a sandy bottom are especially productive. These big fish often cruise along these depth change zones feeding on herring and other baitfish like a vacuum.

Salmon are also abundant in the area, and in similar fashion to other areas, some of the most productive techniques include trolling cut plug herring, and mooching with various baits and jigs. There are stories of schools of Silver Salmon in the area being so large and aggressive that fishermen have tried all kinds of ridiculous lure options and still got hits. When the salmon are so thick and are feeding so aggressively they readily attack bass lures, plastic worms, and spinner baits, you know you are in a special place.

Visiting other towns in Southeast Alaska? Here are some more places to look for fishing information throughout the region:
Haines Fishing, Skagway Fishing, Juneau Fishing, Sitka Fishing, Wrangell, and Petersburg Fishing.