FAQ’S and Fish Calendar

Best times to fish in Southeast Alaska

The following graphic illustrates when the fishing is available at it’s peak time.

Fishing Instruction / Necessary experience
I am an expert in teaching you the ‘feel of the bite’. You do not need to be a pro to hook and land quality size fish. Many of our anglers have never fished in saltwater and, some may have never fished before. I will instruct you how to properly operate the rods and reels and explain what to feel for when the fish strikes. 

Captain Gratuities
It is often asked how much of a gratuity is considered customary to tip your captain for great service. The answer is similar to a restaurant gratuity, 15-20% of the trip.

Cancellation/Refund of Deposit policy
We understand that unforeseen situations may arise beyond anyone’s control that affect travel plans. We believe in a fair approach to cancellations, our cancellation policy is such that it both protects our livelihood in the unfortunate event that a scheduled charter must be cancelled and in some situations allows you to apply deposits from cancelled trips towards future bookings.

This policy reflects the rights and position of Ketchikan Big Fish Charters.

Only your Captain may cancel your charter within 24 hours of
scheduled charter date due to weather or mechanical breakdown
without potential penalty or forfeiture of deposit.

Personal Items liability
Baggage, personal items and personal equipment are the sole responsibility of their owners at all times. Boats are inherently wet; items that you wish to keep from getting wet should be placed in a dry storage bag or container. We highly recommend not bringing any unnecessary items. Ketchikan Big fish Charters and its affiliates shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, expense, damage, or inconvenience which results directly or indirectly from any act or failure to act whether negligent or otherwise relating to any activity offered by Ketchikan Big fish Charters and its affiliates

Additional Trip Information:

  • All rates quoted are for your group and your captain.
  • All trips are private charters.
  • At Ketchikan Big fish our M/V may take up to Six guests as per the USCG.
  • Alcohol is allowed on your charter, please limit it to beer or wine in reasonable quantities. No hard liquor please.
  • All trips include bait, tackle, rods, and licenses can be purchased on the M/V or by going to the State of Alaska website.
  • Please, no large coolers.
  • Fish cleaning is brought to our local processor for cleaning and packing

Items you should bring:

  • Drinks, plenty of liquids (Gatorade, Powerade, sodas, water, etc.)
  • Lunch or snacks if you’re on a 1/2 day charter
  • Layers are the best, warm hat, coat, closed toe shoes.
  • Sunscreen (please, no aerosols), sunglasses and a ball cap.
  • CAMERA!! You will most likely see Whales, Bald eagles, sea lions, and maybe even a bear on the beach

Items you should not bring:

  • Illegal drugs of any kind. Please do not put our captains at risk.
  • Aerosol sunscreen. This stuff goes everywhere and makes the decks slippery. It is also not nearly as effective as a good high SPF lotion.
  • Hard liquor

More info :

Alaska Department of Fish and Game


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