Alaska Fishing Charters

Alaska has sportfishing charter boats everywhere

Alaska Fishing Charters

Alaska has sportfishing charter boats everywhere from the Inside Passage to the cool waters of Prince William Sound. Charter boats fish for salmon, halibut, ling cod, red snapper, and various of types of rockfish. An individual or a group can hire a boat (often known as “six-packs” for their six-member fishing parties), but often individuals or small groups are brought together to fill out the party of five or six. If you want to catch fish in Alaska, a charter boat is almost a rock solid guarantee of a full box of fish. (Weather permitting !)

Fishing Licences and Fees:

A sport fishing license is required annually (each calendar year) and must be in the possession of all persons 16 years of age or older (see following special exemption) while sport fishing, personal use fishing, and/or digging clams or harvesting shellfish. A sport fishing license is not required of a resident who is 60 years of age or older; a special permanent identification card is distributed by the ADF&G Licensing Section. Licenses may be purchased from any ADF&G license agent (most sporting goods stores)Fishing throughout the state, or by mail from: Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Licensing Section, P.O.Box 25525, Juneau, Alaska 99802-5525, (907) 465-2376. Or you can apply for a license through Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game at their License Application Form page on their website.

The Fish:

King Salmon (Chinook), Silver Salmon (Coho), Red Salmon (Sockeye), Pink Salmon (Humpies), and Chum Salmon (Dog) are the five species of salmon. Halibut, Ling Cod, Pacific Cod, Red Snapper (Yellow Eye Snapper) and are just a few of the many species of bottom fish you could catch on an ocean charter.
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Huge runs of salmon migrate from the open ocean, around Prince of Wales Island, and into the protected waters of the Inside passage near Ketchikan. This mass gathering of five species of salmon is the reason that this area is known as the “Salmon capitol of the world”. This region of Alaska is particularly noted for its strong runs of trophy fish. The finest salt water fishing for giant halibut, red snapper, ling cod, and rock cod is also available.


By Air:

Anglers in any region of the state can reach remote streams, lakes, and shores by air, but planes are needed for getting around in Southwestern and Northern Alaska. Fly-in trips can be for a day; they can also involve staying at a wilderness lodge. Simple and elaborate fishing packages can be arranged.


  1. Ashley Maxwell

    I like how you said that you can fish for many different kinds of fish on charter boats; form salmon to red snappers! Thanks for your comment about how each yeah you need to get a fishing license to be able to participate in this recreational activity or sport. My father and his brothers like to go fishing on the weekends together sometimes, and y husband and I are thinking about helping them get a fishing charter for his birthday so that they can create lots of new and fun memories.

  2. Kona

    I couldn’t agree more that choosing a fishing charter with an experienced captain can truly make all difference. When a visitor most likely you will be unfamiliar with the fishing in the area. Enjoy your trip and hire a good charter to make the most of your fishing trip/

  3. Florida Native

    Looks like some great species of fish up there. Taking a plane to fish a remote area in Alaska sounds like heaven to me!


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