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Alaska Salmon Fishing Charters

Captain Greg Jones with a beautiful bright Skagway King Salmon.
Click to enlarge Captain Greg Jones with a beautiful bright Skagway King Salmon.
    Alaska is a big place. From its eastern tip to its western terminus it traverses the distance from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in the lower 48. Kodiak brown bears are the largest of their species. Mt. McKinley is the largest mountain in North America. Alaska's waters also hold the largest salmon to be caught anywhere in the Continent.

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    Salmon fishing charters in Alaska are the stuff of legend. No trip to the north is complete without taking a run at one of the most sought after game fish in America. Alaskan wild salmon are world renown both for their fierce fighting ability and their delicious flesh, which is considered a true ocean delicacy.

    Because Alaska is so large and the fishing competition so heated, it can be a challenge to decide where to purchase an Alaskan salmon fishing charter. Chances are that any Alaskan tourist destination will have world-class fishing for either trout, halibut, steelhead, rockfish or salmon, but in many locations fishing pressure is so great and the anglers so many that it can detract from a true Alaska salmon fishing charter experience.

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.
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 Salmon Fishing Charters

    Skagway salmon fishing charters offer prime Alaskan salmon fishing without the cutthroat competition of commercial fishing pressure. Skagway is the northern terminus of the Upper Lynn Canal and has sustained runs of Chinook (King), Coho (silver), Chum (dog), and Humpy (Pink) salmon. Because of its limited shoreline and small population Skagway has relied on tourism instead of commercial fishing for its revenue for some time.

    This makes for some of the most productive and exciting fishing anywhere in Southeast Alaska. It also means a day on the water in a pristine environment, surrounded by glacier-covered mountains, free from commercial fishing boats and heavy sport competition. This is why people choose to fish in Alaska, not to be elbow-to-elbow with other anglers or squeezing in between other charter boats for your "turn" at the fish, but rather to enjoy America's last frontier in its natural state.

    Salmon fishing in the Upper Lynn Canal offer both the opportunity for enjoying its natural setting and a chance to catch a wild Alaskan salmon that will forge unforgettable memories from your Alaskan vacation.

Skagway King Salmon Fishing Charters

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.
    King salmon fishing is the pinnacle of angling opportunity in Alaska. Your charter will begin from the small boat harbor at the Southern end of town. From there it is a short jaunt to the fishing grounds - often less than 15 minutes from the harbor. Two summer runs of king salmon make Skagway one of the best seasonal places to fish in Southeast Alaska.

    We have years of experience fishing the waters around Skagway and knows the subtleties of fishing its deep glacier carved fjords.

    Typically, Skagway king salmon fishing charters employ both trolling and mooching for Chinooks depending on the running depth of the fish. Your captain believes that people pay to fish, so they will do as much or as little as the customer desires to help in their fish catching goal. Full gear, tackle and bait are provided, as are the advice on handling the gear to ensure success.

Skagway fishing includes fishing for four of the five Pacific salmon species. Humpies, Chum, Coho and the mighty Chinook or "King" Salmon.
Skagway fishing includes fishing for four of the five Pacific salmon species. Humpies, Chum, Coho and the mighty Chinook or "King" Salmon.
    Some angler's prefer to use their own gear and we have the resources and know-how to fish for big kings with light tackle and even on the fly.

    King salmon fishing aboard our state-of-the-art vessels include snacks and beverages, a restroom on board, binoculars for scanning for wildlife or whale-watching, and any fish caught can be processed and shipped home so you can enjoy your catch with family and friends.

    Your captain will handle processing any fish you catch. By simply filling out a form you can decide how you want to process your fish depending on your personal tastes and budget. Options include fresh-pack, various methods of smoking and even canning your fish. Once it is processed it is shipped directly to your home and is usually there by the time you return home from your vacation. One need not brag about their Alaskan king salmon simply by showing a photo, you can invite your friends over for a cookout and let them taste what their missing.

    If you are in Skagway for an extended visit then you may wish to keep your catch. Your captain can filet or "steak" your fish, based on your preference, and this professional cleaning is included with your Skagway king salmon fishing charter.

    While fishing in many Alaskan tourist destinations is beginning to suffer, Skagway's just keeps getting better. Spend a day on the water with us, away from the crowds in the shopping district, and enjoy what you came to Alaska for in the first place.



Skagway Silver Salmon Fishing Charters

    These late-season charters are a unique experience that can be arranged in advance with our local Skagway company. From mid to late September the Coho or silver salmon begin to run in the wake of the summer-long Chinook salmon run. Skagway silver salmon fishing can be arranged to take advantage of this late run and tangle with what many describe as the hardest fighting fish in Alaska's waters - pound-for-pound.

    Silver salmon are known for their bull headed runs, their leaping ability and their tenacity on the business end of a hook. They offer a real challenge on light line and make excellent table fare as they are leaner than both Sockeye and Chinook salmon.

    Our Skagway silver salmon fishing charters take place at the tail end of the summer tourist season, and this is a special time to visit Skagway. Especially if you're visiting from Whitehorse or elsewhere in the Yukon. There are very few people in town, the aurora borealis or northern lights are commonly seen at night and whales cruise the deep fjords around Skagway.

    King salmon can still be targeted at this time, which can make for an exciting day on the water catching the two most prized game fish in the state.

    If you are planning a late-season visit to Skagway, contact us today and set up and unforgettable day on the water..


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.
 






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