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Ketchikan Fishing

Ketchikan Salmon Fishing Charters

If you are looking for incredible salmon fishing, look no further. Ketchikan has five different species of salmon. Salmon fishing starts off it's season with king salmon. Kings start showing up in May with the peak of the run in June. If you're looking to king salmon fish in Ketchikan, June is the Month. The average King salmon weighs about twenty pounds, a trophy is over fifty. 

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Ketchikan Fishing

Ketchikan fishing really gets hot after the Fourth of July. The pinks, chums, sockeye, and silver salmon show up around is time. We have five species of salmon in at the same time. Ketchikan fishing gets fast and furious! 

WE have two runs of silver salmon. The first show up around the Fourth of July and are here through August. Ketchikan's second run of silvers show up in September and are here through the middle of October. Our  September run of silvers are normally a little bigger than the summer run. As you can see, Ketchikan has great salmon fishing all summer long. Ketchikan fishing has a lot to offer.

King Salmon Fishing

King Salmon Fishing
Most of my salmon fishing in Ketchikan is done by trolling with down riggers and motor mooching.  For king salmon I fish whole herring and cut plug's all season long. I fish flashers and hoochies occasionally, but I like bait. I fish depths between 40 and 120 feet. I'm constantly  looking at the depth sounder for schools of bait fish or watching the surface for feeding birds. If you find the bait, you find the king salmon. Once I find a school of herring the kings are feeding In, I will work the bait until they stop biting or the bait disappears.

A lot of people will troll up and down the beach for miles, When the fish are only in a hundred yard stretch of water. They will troll through the pocket, catch a few fish and keep going. Kings and silver both are normally in a small pocket of water. If you find that pocket and keep working it you can put a lot of fish in the box in a hurry. 

Silver Salmon Fishing

Ketchikan Fishing

Silver salmon fishing is pretty similar to king salmon fishing. I use downriggers, flashers and motor mooching. I will switch to strait cut plug herring. I like to run a dummy flasher on my downrigger balls with a cut plug right above and behind about three feet. The normal depth is 40 feet and up in the fall. The summer run my be 80 to a 100 feet deep. It all depends on were the bait fish are. So if  I'm not catching them shallow, and I'm marking bait deep. I will drop one line down to test the deeper waters. Just like kings, I'm looking for bait. The silvers will stack up around bait balls. It can get pretty crazy with three or four fish on at the same time!

Halibut Fishing

When I first came to Ketchikan, Alaska in 1989, I thought you could just go anywhere throw your line in the water
Ketchikan Halibut Fishing
and catch halibut. Wrong! Since then, I've learned a lot. Normally, halibut fishing around Ketchikan, Alaska is done in 200 to 400 feet of water. Bottom types vary a lot from mud to rock. I look for structures that hold bait fish. If you find the bait fish, you find the halibut. Halibut move a lot. You may have a great day halibut fishing one day, go back the next day and they're gone. 

A typical day of halibut fishing would start off by first choosing what you're looking for. If you don't care about size and are just looking to put some halibut in the box, we can halibut fish half day and salmon fish the other half. If you are looking  for bigger halibut, we would commit the day to halibut fishing. We would run from five to thirty miles, depending on the weather and where I've been finding halibut. Most of the time I fish with jigs or circle c hooks. I like to use salmon, herring, turbot and cod for bait. We will normally be fishing on the anchor. We will set for 2 or 3 hours. If it doesn't happen by then, we will pull anchor and move.
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