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Ketchikan area

Alaska fishing, Alaska halibut fishing, Alaska salmon fishing, salmon, chinook, king, king salmon, halibut, Pacific halibut, Ketchikan, Prince of Wales, Craig, Klawock, Prince of Wales Island, Clarence Strait, Misty Fjords, Misty Fiords, Boca de Quadra, Tongass, Revillagigedo Island, deep sea fishing, flyfishing, charter, charter fishing, fishing guidesFishing the Ketchikan, Alaska areaListen to a RealAudio ™ interview (3:43) with an Alaska Department of Fish and Game sport fish biologist for additional information about Alaska fishing in the Ketchikan area.


Primary fishing species in this area include five species of Pacific Salmon (King, silver, sockeye, pink and chum), Pacific halibut, trout, steelhead and Dolly Varden. Pink salmon are most abundant; king salmon least. There are good numbers of fish in the area.


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Typical of Southeast Alaska, the Ketchikan area is comprised of islands surrounded by arms of the Pacific Ocean, and a stretch of the mainland incised by deep fjords. Because of the extensive annual precipitation, there are many streams throughout the area, usually populated with fish. The islands are heavily forested with thick underbrush. Most of the area is protected from the open Pacific.

Best saltwater fishing times in southern Southeast Alaska (ADF&G data)

Species Availability Peak
King salmon year round May thru mid July
Sockeye salmon June thru August June thru August
Coho salmon June thru mid October mid July thru September
Pink salmon June thru August July thru mid-August
Chum salmon June thru mid September mid-July thru August
Dolly Varden year round June thru mid-July
Cutthroat trout May thru September June
Halibut February thru December mid-June thru mid-September
Rockfish mid-January thru December June thru mid-September
Lingcod year round year round

Best freshwater fishing times in southern Southeast Alaska (ADF&G data)

Species Availability Peak
King salmon mid-May thru August mid-June thru mid-August
Sockeye salmon June thru August July thru August
Coho salmon mid-June thru mid-November mid-August thru September
Pink salmon July thru mid-October mid-July thru September
Chum salmon July thru October August
Dolly Varden year round July thru October
Steelhead trout year round except July April, May, Nov. & Dec.
Rainbow trout year round May and June
Cutthroat trout year round May and June
Brook trout year round July thru September
Grayling year round year round
Kokanee year round May, Jun, Oct. & Nov.


The southern Southeast Alaska air transportation network consists of regular jet air service to Ketchikan, scheduled commuter flights to many communities and float planes to other locations. 

The limited road system includes limited roads on Revillagigedo and a few other islands, and an extensive but almost totally gravel road network on Prince of Wales Island. The usefulness of the road system is extended by Alaska Marine Highway (state ferry) connections. Boats and float planes are routinely used for transportation requirements to remote areas. Boat rentals are available in some communities.  

WeatherClick for Ketchikan, Alaska Forecast

The Ketchikan area is wetter than most people are used to, but this adds to the charm of the area. The summer months are cool and moist, with occasional stretches of warm, sunny weather. Anglers should be prepared for rain, wind and cool weather. While most of the waterways here are somewhat protected by outer islands from Pacific storms, heavy winds can at times create dangerous boating conditions. Anglers should always keep an eye on the weather.

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