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Tripadvisors Best Alaska Fishing Guides2019-02-24T03:05:20+00:00

TripAdvisor’s Best Alaska Fishing Guides

We are proud to be listed as one of the top fishing guides on Trip Advisor.

Trip Advisor’s best Alaska fishing guides are usually not from Alaska. Book now to go fishing with a real Alaskan. Many of the big, Mcdonald’s-type charter companies like to hire exclusively from outside Alaska. Over the last few years, we have noticed more and more fishing guides are coming up from the Gulf Coast of the United States.  Ketchikan remains the Salmon Capital of the World, but if you are looking for a genuine Alaska fishing trip, you need to go with the locals. The guides from the “lower 48” have limited knowledge outside of the low hanging fruit close to town. When you go with a local, you exponentially increase your odds of great fishing. We have options for all conditions and all seasons. Fish with a local, fish with us.

TripAdvisor’s Highly Rated 5-Star Reviewed Best Fishing Guides in Ketchikan, Alaska

If you’re planning a fishing trip in Ketchikan, Alaska, you may have already discovered that there are dozens of fishing charters to choose from. So with all the options available, how do you know which one is best? Fortunately, TripAdvisor has a ranked list of the best-rated fishing charters in the area as voted by travelers who have tried them out. This is highly beneficial for future travelers like you, as it gives you honest feedback about guides, companies, and accommodations. From the best time of year to visit to a recommended captain or charter boat, you’ll find plenty of valuable information. Based on travelers’ standout experiences, these charters in Ketchikan are the five most recommended.

Baranof Fishing Excursions

With nearly eight hundred 5 star reviews, Baranof Fishing Excursions takes the #1 spot for fishing excursions in Ketchikan. This company offers day trips to the areas around Ketchikan. Visitors get to admire the region’s stunning natural scenery while simultaneously fishing for prize-worthy salmon. With fishing opportunities ranging from families with children to experienced anglers, Baranof Fishing Excursions caters to all abilities. At the end, if you catch a fish that’s large enough, you can choose to have it cleaned and sent back home or prepared by a chef. According to the reviews, unique and delicious lunches are other highlights of this company’s charters.

Alaska King Fishing Charter

This company also gets 5-star reviews from hundreds of travelers. Depending on when you visit, you may have the opportunity to see humpback whales while you’re out casting for salmon. While king salmon is the primary fish that people fish for, the company also offers chartered boats for halibut. Small groups, families, and requests for private charters are all accommodated by this award-winning company. With local fishing guides serving as experienced captains, you’ll see why people recommend this company.

The Alaska Catch

Friendly captains and experienced guides, who are also knowledgeable about local fishing, are highlights that many people note about this charter company on Tripadvisor. There are plenty of options to create a customized ride with The Alaska Catch, which means you can go out for as long or as short of a fishing expedition as you’d like. The company also works around cruise ship schedules, so you need not worry about missing out on prime fishing opportunities based on your cruise ship’s arrival and departure times if you’re seeing Alaska by boat.

Oasis Alaska Charters

If you’re looking to do some serious fishing on your trip to Ketchikan, travelers recommend going out with Oasis Alaska Charters. One reviewer notes that he’s been on many fishing charters before, but thanks to the company using local fishing guides, his experience with Oasis Alaska Charters was the most successful he’s ever had. Oasis Alaska Charters also gets glowing traveler reviews for its friendly, experienced captains who offer valuable insider information about local fishing opportunities as well as the area in general.

GO FISH Charters Ketchikan

This company is also one of the best-rated fishing charters in the Ketchikan vicinity. Both novice and experienced fishermen alike say that they enjoyed their personable captains and their guides’ level of expertise about the local fishing conditions, including pointing out the best spots and best time of year to catch certain species. A range of half-day, full-day, and overnight excursions with lodging mean that no matter how short or long you want your fishing adventure to be, GO FISH accommodates your needs.

Given its nickname of “Salmon Capital of the World,” you can probably guess that there’s an entire industry based around salmon fishing in Ketchikan. If you want to catch the best fish, have the most knowledgeable local fishing guides, and have the most positive experience possible, these Tripadvisor reviews will help you out.

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Our mission is to offer our clients unrivaled fishing experiences at a selection of hand-picked inside passage destinations.


Locally born and raised fisherman Jos Govaars is at the heart of Alaska Go Fish. He has chartered extensively throughout the Inside Passages and knows the waters perfectly, so you are sure to enjoy your fishing adventures.

When you’re with Captain Jos, you’ll be fishing with someone with locals-only, insider knowledge making your fishing trip an adventure that you won’t soon forget.

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