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$75 Introductory Rate Lack of commercial fishing combined with modern day environmental efforts, like raising hatchery salmon for release into the wild, makes Skagway a prime Alaskan destination.
Click to enlarge Lack of commercial fishing combined with modern day environmental efforts, like raising hatchery salmon for release into the wild, makes Skagway a prime Alaskan destination.

Skagway Fishing Charters

      Skagway sits under the mighty mountain peaks that surround the Upper Lynn Canal. Glaciers peer down at the blue-green ocean water, which holds life in such abundance that it stirs the senses to a time forgotten by men, a time when the ocean's bounty provided both mystery and sustenance.

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      From the Gold Rush of 1898 to the present day tourism boom Skagway fishing has gone largely unchanged. Lack of commercial fishing combined with modern day environmental efforts, like raising hatchery salmon for release into the wild, makes Skagway a prime Alaskan destination for the pursuit of fish by anglers longing to tangle with the famed wild Alaskan salmon.

      Skagway fishing includes fishing for four of the five Pacific salmon species. Humpies, Chum, Coho and the mighty Chinook or "King" Salmon. Dockside Charters, owned and operated by Captain Greg Jones, provides years of experience fishing these legendary waters combined with professional commitment to ensure that every charter meets the needs of its customer.

Sawyer Glacier's blue hue on a cloudy day. Outstanding views second to none.
Click to enlarge Sawyer Glacier's blue hue on a cloudy day. Outstanding views second to none.
      When deciding where to wet a line, Skagway fishing affords opportunities for the solace of a day on the water free of the "combat" fishing that plagues so many other Alaskan destinations, and the thrill of a lifetime battling a healthy, robust fish in an unspoiled land of unrivaled beauty.

Skagway Salmon Fishing Charters

      Skagway Salmon Fishing Charters begin in the small boat harbor near where the cruise ships dock at the southern end of town. Unlike many other Alaskan fishing destinations, the fish are a VERY short ride from the harbor, often less than 15 minutes away. More time with the lines in the water mean more of a chance to make that catch of a lifetime.

      Captain Greg provides all the gear, bait and know-how to make a Skagway Salmon Fishing Charter an experience one does not forget. Captain Greg believes that when anglers pay good money to go on a fishing charter, they want to "fish." Many an angler has been frustrated with charter captains who do all the fishing themselves and treat the customer like a child who has never held a rod of his own.

      With Dockside Charters, the client decides how much or little he or she wants to participate in the fish catching process. You can bait your own hook, or even bring your own favorite gear. You can hook the fish and fight them to the boat. Captain Greg will give you the necessary hints and pointers to make your day a success.

      If you are not as savvy with the rod and reel, he will do as much as you want him to do to aid and assist you to make your Skagway salmon fishing charter an unforgettable experience.

Feeder Alaska King Salmon are feisty sluggers and will put up a fight that will surprise the seasoned angler.
Click to enlarge Feeder Alaska King Salmon are feisty sluggers and will put up a fight that will surprise the seasoned angler.
      Skagway Salmon fishing charters primarily focus on the renowned Chinook or King Salmon. Salt-water fishing for kings is practiced by slow-tolling a herring rigged to turn in the current as though it were injured. Big kings find this motion irresistible and strike at these presentations with wild abandon. Kings will peel line from the reel as they run away with tremendous speed. Many a wily salmon will turn and make a run at the boat forcing the fisherman to reel furiously in order to keep the line taught.

      State of the art fish finding equipment allows Captain Greg to target the proper depths where salmon feed on "bait balls," schools of baitfish so large and tightly packed that salmon assault the cluster for an easy meal.

      Captain Greg also offers a service for shipping your catch to be smoked and sent just about anywhere via mail, so bragging about catching a big Alaskan king can include a fine dinner for family and friends back home.

      If catch-and-release is more your style, Captain Greg will handle the fish with care to ensure its continued survival in the wild.

 
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      A Skagway salmon fishing charter affords photo opportunities of more than just a trophy King Salmon. Humpback and Killer Whales patrol these waters and are a common sight tailing and breaching from the watery deep. Bald eagles soar overhead and jump at the opportunity for an easy meal when a piece of bait inadvertently ends up in the water. Bears comb the shoreline where the mountains rise up and their peaks house roaming groups of Mountain goats who sit peering down from their precarious footing.

      Whatever your skill or desire, Dockside charters offers a unique Skagway salmon fishing charter experience tailored to your individual needs.

Skagway Fishing Guide

Captain Greg Jones with a beautiful bright Skagway King Salmon.
Click to enlarge Captain Greg Jones with a beautiful bright Skagway King Salmon.
      Trophy Kings and halibut are not the only fish that can be caught on Skagway fishing charters. Silver salmon are renowned for their fierce fighting and are considered the hardest fighting of the salmon family pound for pound. From early September until the end of the season and beyond, these fish can be targeted by your Skagway fishing guide and offer a thrill and opportunity unique to the Skagway area.

      Captain Greg, owner and operator of Dockside Charters, knows the tricks and tactics for catching big silvers. Fish topping 15 pounds are not uncommon and as a Skagway fishing guide for over 15 years he has honed his skills for targeting this late-season run.

      For a real challenge, lightweight gear can be provided to maximize the fun and show off your skills when battling these healthy silvers, which often leap from the water thrashing wildly when fought on lighter line.

      Chum Salmon of unparalleled size are frequently caught on Skagway fishing charters when they begin their run in mid-August. They lack the glamour and flavor of their salmonid cousins, but a 15 plus pound "dog" fights with the same intensity and offer a challenge for an angler who wants to try something a little different.

      Lingcod, Dolly Varden Char, and rockfish are other predators of the deep that your Skagway fishing guide can identify when they end up on the end of your line.

      Whatever fishing experience you desire Captain Greg is a Skagway fishing guide who can turn your Alaskan vacation into an angling experience you will never forget. Make your dreams of fishing the heralded waters of the north a reality by spending a day with Dockside Charters.

Skagway Halibut Fishing Charters

Home is where the boat is. Low tide at the Skagway Small Boat Harbor. Note, the Cruise ships will dock just behind the harbor, just a stone's throw away.
Home is where the boat is. Low tide at the Skagway Small Boat Harbor. Note, the Cruise ships will dock just behind the harbor, just a stone's throw away.

      Skagway halibut fishing charters are an all day endeavor in pursuit of the largest fish that inhabit Southeast Alaskan waters; they are true behemoths of the deep. Sore arms and back make for a tasty meal of the white fleshed fish that is considered some of the best anywhere in the world.

      Dockside Charters will tailor a Skagway halibut fishing charter to your needs providing the skill and knowledge of both how and where to fish to get these "barn doors' in the boat.

      Certain times of year the halibut inhabit the waters close to Skagway and require only a short jaunt to ply to fishing grounds. Other times the fish may be a little further away, requiring a run down the Upper Lynn Canal surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered with snow and glaciers.

      Arrangements for your Skagway halibut fishing charter need to made in advance and are more subject to the weather than are Skagway salmon fishing charters, but targeting halibut and salmon in the same trip can be done. Captain Greg believes that if you pay your hard-earned dollars for it, it is YOUR charter.

      Hauling halibut off the ocean floor can be daunting and downright tiring, and Captain Greg will help in whatever capacity you wish to make your halibut charter a success. All gear and bait are provided and you can purchase your fishing license right on the boat. Arrangements can also be made to ship your catch home.

      Skagway halibut fishing charters offer an opportunity for fishing the pristine waters of the Upper Lynn Canal free from the heavy competition and long offshore runs of other Alaskan destinations. It is an adventure you will never forget.


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