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Old June 15th, 2001, 07:26 AM
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Default salmon fishing - ketchikan

will be on rccl rhapsody of the seas 6/22, is ketchikan the
'best' port to go salmon fishing? also, is it better to book
through the cruiseline or on my own?
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Old June 15th, 2001, 11:11 AM
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Default Re: salmon fishing - ketchikan

I just returned this week from an Alaskan cruise. Even though it was a little early for the Salmon people were catching Salmon in Ketchikan. I did not fish but saw them pull Salmon off several charter boats. I do not know if they used the charters from the ship or on their own.
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Old June 16th, 2001, 01:51 AM
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Great place to go salmon fishing, unfortunately you just missed the $10,000 Salmon Derby...

I grew up there...

Great place to salmon and halibut fish...

Hike, walk the streets, check out Steamers...it's right on the dock...great place to eat...good scotch there too!!!
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Old June 16th, 2001, 02:42 AM
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We are going on the Dawn on July 7 and I booked on my own a fishing trip out of Ketchikan. It was a little cheaper then going with the cruise ship.
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Old June 16th, 2001, 07:47 AM
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Default Re: salmon fishing - ketchikan

hi pete,

thanks for the info. one more question, should i even
consider fishing without going out on a charter?

thanks,
sws
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Old June 16th, 2001, 11:41 AM
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Default Re: salmon fishing - ketchikan

You can rent poles and fish from the marina. My family also goes with Northern Lights- I never take any ship tours.
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Old June 18th, 2001, 10:06 AM
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We are on Mercury 7/6 and in Ketchikan 7/8 whom did you book thru; we tentatively were going out whale watching so i am curious as to the hours they take you out. The Celebrity salmon fishing is like $180 per person and they take you out of town some ways. Curious how cold and/or grueling it was. I have a 14 yr old who loves to hike and fish and I want to do it somewhere in Alaska. Is Ketchikan the place? Thanks Phil
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Old June 24th, 2001, 12:12 AM
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Default Re: salmon fishing - ketchikan

We are scheduled to go with Northern Lights in July - have heard great things about this company and they only take a few out at a time. Their phone number is 888-550-8488.
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Old July 3rd, 2001, 09:32 AM
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Default Re: salmon fishing - ketchikan

fyi... i ended up salmon fishing in sitka. it was fantastic -
caught a 30 lb. king salmon. it should arrive here in a day
or two so we're planning a salmon bake in the backyard!

i looked into booking on my own in sitka, but was unable to
do so. the fishing charters i contacted said i needed to book
through the cruise line. hmmm.... the cruise line contacts
a 'fishing' broker in sitka, who in turn arranges for enough
boats to be available. we had 36 people from our ship, 4 per
boat. this might have something to do with the fact that we
had to come ashore via tenders. the only people on the ship
who could get on the tenders first thing in the morning were
those with early morning excursions. regardless, it was my
highlight of the trip. after we caught our limit (1 king salmon
per day per person - not sure if this is all alaska or just sitka)
our skipper took us whale watching.

ketchikan note - when we docked in ketchikan, i did see
a sign " 1/2 day fishing $135 ". even though i paid the cruise
line amount, $172, i'm still happy the way things turned out.
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