As opposed to land based lodges that tend to fish the local proximity areas all season, chartering your own boat allows you to fish anywhere in an area about 90 miles wide by 250 miles long. You can fish the most productive fishing areas at the best times and avoid spending hours of running time going back and forth to a fixed base everyday in a small boat. You don’t have to get up 2 to 3 hours earlier to hit the morning bite, you're already there! Being on board your own boat you get to go where you want, when you want, and do more fishing, sightseeing and relaxing, than you thought was possible on a six or more day vacation. Comfort, privacy, value, and the ultimate maximum use of your time-- you'll find it all onboard your own charter boat!
King Salmon - Considered the most highly prized sport fish in Alaska. It is the largest of all Pacific salmon with the largest ever caught weighing 126 pounds. Sport caught king salmon average between 20 and 50 pounds, with a fish over 50 pounds considered a trophy fish. Trolling with rigged herring or drifting with "cut plug" herring are the preferred methods of fishing in salt water. Other names for King salmon are: chinook, tyee, tule, quinnat, and black mouth.
Silver Salmon - Second largest species of salmon with weights to 36 pounds. Sport caught silver salmon average between 8 and 15 pounds, with any fish over 15 pounds considered a trophy. Silver salmon are spectacular fighters and the most acrobatic of Pacific salmon. They are readily caught by trolling or mooching with herring, streamer flies or many other lures. They are also a popular stream fish being readily caught on flies, spoons, and spinners. Silver salmon are commonly called "coho".
Sockeye Salmon - Most sockeye are sport caught just after their return to fresh water. Their average weight is between 5 and 7 pounds, with over 10 pounds considered a trophy. The sockeye is the best salmon to smoke. The sockeye is also known as a blue black or red salmon as they obtain a bright red coloration before spawning.
Chum Salmon - Sportfishermen usually catch chum salmon incidental to fishing for other Pacific salmon in either salt or fresh water. Their average weight is 10 to 15 pounds with a trophy at 17 pounds. Chum salmon are known as "dog salmon" as the males develop a hooked snout and very large teeth before spawning. The chum salmon is also called a "calico salmon" as they develop vertical bars of green and purple after nearing freshwater.
Pink Salmon - The pink salmon is the smallest of the Pacific salmon found in Alaska with an average weight of 4 to 5 pounds. The pink salmon is the most numerous of all the salmon. This salmon is best caught on fly or spin tackle as it first enters fresh water. Pink salmon are known as "humpy" because of its very prominent hump which develops on the adult male before spawning.
Pacific Halibut - Halibut are regarded as a highly desirable sportfish. Average size is 25 to 100 pounds with any fish over 100 pounds considered a trophy. Halibut can obtain weights in excess of 400 pounds and are referred to as "barn doors." This flatfish has both eyes on their dark upperside and their underside is a much lighter shade of white. The halibut is a bottom fish. Preferred bait is octopus or herring.
The waters surrounding Juneau hold a wealth of sea life. The seafood that Alaska is famous for can be caught throughout the Juneau area.
Every type of salmon can be caught in Juneau's waters. Alaska king or chinook salmon are known for their incredible size. The silver or coho salmon are known for their superior strength and ability to fight. Juneau waters are also home to Pacific halibut. Dolly Varden, cutthroat and steelhead trout are found in the rivers, lakes, streams and saltwater shoreline areas.
Deep sea, river, lake and stream fishing is plentiful.
Juneau is also a fly fishing paradise. Nordic Tug Charters offers bareboat charters that allow you to travel to any area you choose for fly and deep sea fishing in Alaska's prime fishing territory. Fishing licenses are available for purchase through major retail outlets and our charter company. Out of state anglers can purchase a 1, 3, 7, 14 day or annual license for fishing in Alaska. Fishing for king salmon will require the purchase of a king salmon tag. Several Juneau markets will special pack your catch for the journey home to your own freezer.
Questions regarding current fishing conditions, licensing and bag limits can be directed to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 907-465-4270.