Fishing & Outdoor Activities in Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is the First City in Southeast Alaska and is known as “The Salmon Capital” boasting great fishing for five species of salmon, King (Chinook), Red (Sockeye), Silver (Coho), Pink (Humpy), and Dog (Chum) as well as halibut, cod, and other species of bottom fish. Enjoy fresh caught Dungeness crab and spotted prawns. We also boast many fresh water lakes and streams to fish for Dolly Varden, rainbow, cutthroat, brook and steelhead trout. You can choose to fly in to a remote lake and stay over in a US Forest Service cabin or just take a day hike to a nearby lake or stream. Ward Cove Lake is a great place to fish and only minutes from Ketchikan city limits.

For more information on fishing in the area and the current regulations, please contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at (907) 465-4180 in Juneau, Alaska, or online at

The frontier flavor of Ketchikan, complemented by its scenic beauty, world class sport fishing and cultural heritage have made it one of the most popular visitor destinations along the Inside Passage. An island community, Ketchikan is accessed by air or water. Ferry service from Bellingham, Washington, via the Alaska Marine Highway accommodates both motorists and walk-on passengers. Visit for information on the marine highway ferry system. Alaska Airlines operates daily flights from Seattle, Washington, to Ketchikan.

Poised on the shores of the Tongass Narrows at the site of a fish camp established by the Tlingit Indians, Ketchikan is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes of Alaska. The world’s largest collection of totem poles can be found throughout Ketchikan and at Saxman Native Village and Totem Bight State Historical Park. Be sure to visit the traditional clan house and carving center in Saxman and the native longhouse in Totem Bight Park and the replica of a native village next door at Potlatch Gift Shop and Museum as well as Tongass Historical Museum and the Totem Heritage Center.

There is so much to do and see in Ketchikan and by using Ketchikan as the hub, it is easy to visit the outlying areas of Prince of Wales Island and Misty Fjords National Monument.

Visit Ketchikan Visitors Bureau at for an online guide or call (800) 770-3300 to have one mailed to you.

Our properties overlook Knudson Cove Marina where you can arrange a fishing charter or rent one of their open skiffs. You can contact them at (907) 247-8500 to make reservations.

Clover Pass Resort is nearby and also offers charters, skiff rentals and fish processing and freezing. Their telephone number is (907) 247-2234.

We are also walking distance to Southeast Exposure on Potter Road where you can rent sea kayaks and enjoy an eagle’s eye view of the area from the zip line. You can call them at (907) 225-8829 or visit their web page.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Ketchikan and this will be a destination where you will want to come again and again!