Ketchikan, Alaska Fish Finder Charters

Ketchikan Salmon Fishing Charters

Ketchikan Alaska is known for being one of the hottest Salmon Fishing destinations Worldwide!

ketchikan salmon fishing charters

Ketchikan is well known for being the Salmon capitol of the world. Whether you’re coming to ketchikan on a cruise ship or coming to fish for multiple days we have the perfect Ketchikan Salmon fishing trip for you. Salmon are a fast action hard fighting fish. Depending on what time of year you are coming to Ketchikan Alaska will determine which species or multiple species you are targeting. May-June is prime time for big king Salmon. July-August is when the biomass of all other salmon come in. Pink runs are generally very good, chum Salmon are the second largest Salmon species and Ketchikan gets a phenomenal run of them. Summer silver Salmon are plentiful and an absolute blast on the end of the rod. It’s not uncommon to get multiple species in the same day during this time. September is the most under rated month in my opinion. We get one of the best runs of fall silvers in the state and they are huge! It’s not uncommon to break 15 pounds on Silver Salmon in September. These are hard fighting acrobatic fish. If you are coming to ketchikan in September it is highly recommend to try your hand at catching fall coho Salmon. Don’t forget we also run ketchikan halibut fishing charters and full day fishing charters that include Salmon and Halibut Fishing on the same day. Give fish finder charters a call if you want to go fishing in Ketchikan Alaska!

Fish Finder Charters runs the fastest boat in the Ketchikan fishing fleet and after many years of fishing theses water has gained knowledge on where the fish will be biting on the day of your fishing trip. Captain Colby Slanaker has expert knowledge & years of experience when it comes to navigating the waters of Ketchikan and catching all five species of Alaska Salmon. I keep top of the line fishing gear in tip top shape. I build a lot of my own gear, custom paint flashers, spoons, and I tie my own salmon flies to remain competitive and to stay ahead of the Ketchikan fleet. Most of my techniques are kept top secret and are only shared amongst a couple other professional guides that are in my circle. We have Ketchikan charter fishing excursions for expert anglers & beginners.

My Ketchikan Fishing Boat

I operate my Ketchikan charter fishing trips from a spacious 30 foot Baha Cruiser named "Double Header". My Ketchikan Fishing boat is powered with Twin 225HP Yamaha Outboards. This delivers a combined 450HP motor package that makes us one of the fastest fishing boats in the Ketchikan fishing fleet. Getting to the fishing grounds faster gives us more time on the water for actual fishing time instead of a long run time. In addition to more fishing time, if we need to beat the weather back to town or relocate to find fish, we can do swiftly. I have an electric flush marine head on board and a very up to date electronics package. My fishing boat features a LCD Furuno Fish Finder and a standard horizon GPS chart plotter system. All safety equipment is up to date and exceeds US coast guard safety guidelines.


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~ Species ~ Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
King Salmon - - GOOD GOOD BEST BEST BEST GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD -
Silver Salmon - - - - - - BEST BEST BEST FAIR - -
Pink Salmon - - - - - FAIR BEST BEST - - - -
Chum Salmon - - - - - BEST BEST BEST GOOD - - -
Sockeye - - - - - BEST BEST BEST - - - -
Winter Kings BEST BEST BEST BEST - - - - - - BEST BEST
Halibut - BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST
Crab BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST
Shrimp BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST
Rockfish BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST
Squid GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD GOOD
Steelhead GOOD GOOD BEST BEST BEST - - - - GOOD GOOD GOOD