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About 1st City Charters

1st City Charters is located in beautiful Ketchikan Alaska.

For more then a hundred years and four generations my family has been guiding Alaska fishing charters in Ketchikan Alaska.

From Alaska bear hunts to Alaska halibut fishing we have all tried to make all of our guest have an experience of a lifetime. If it is your first time fishing in Ketchikan or have been on an Alaska fishing charter before you can be assured we will do our best to give you a True Alaskan Experience.

Alaska Halibut Fishing in Alaska is a very popular activity, with over 65 percent of the effort and harvest occurring in SE Alaska.

The halibut taken by sport anglers are generally 20 to 30 pounds in weight; however, fish over 100 pounds are frequently caught. The current Alaska fishing state record for a sport-caught halibut is 450 pounds. The largest Halibut caught on our charter last year weighed in at a 198 lbs. Full bag limits are the norm on our Alaska fishing charter. The huge numbers of Alaska's halibut fishery becomes perfectly evident onboard an Alaska Halibut fishing charter. To most fishermen around the world a successful fishing trip is measured by the number of bites, number of hookups, or number of fish that were landed.

Alaska halibut fishing is a whole different story. Our success is measured in pounds.... hundreds of pounds. A strong swimmer, having a halibut tugging on your line is an experience an angler will soon not forget.

Alaska Salmon Fishing

The king salmon is Alaska's state fish and is one of the most important sport and commercial fish native to the Pacific coast of North America. It is the largest of all Pacific salmon, with weights of individual fish commonly exceeding 30 pounds. The Chinook salmon is perhaps the most highly prized sport fish in Alaska and is extensively fished by anglers in the Ketchikan. Ketchikan also called the salmon capitol of the world has had some of the greatest runs on record in recent years.

Coho or also called Silver Salmon are smaller then the King Salmon but make up for there smaller size by there tenacity, fiercness and acrobatic skills. Silver salmon weigh on an average of 8 to 15 lbs The possesion or bag limit is six per person in SE Alaska. Full limits are usually a slam-dunk during the peak season or July and August, and can provide non-stop excitement. Huge runs of Silvers run through are waters starting in July and going through till October. Alaska salmon fishing is the stuff of legend. No trip to the north is complete without taking a run at one of the most sought after game fish in America. Alaskan wild salmon are world renown both for their fierce fighting ability and their delicious flesh, which is considered a true ocean delicacy.

Locating king salmon in marine waters can be difficult but with four generations of Ketchikan fishing we have learned the tackle and the tactics to catch these fish. Along with the King salmon, Silvers, Chum, Sockeye, and Pink are available to the sport fisherman.

Other Tasty Bottomfish

Lingcod are extremely aggressive and provide an excellent fight. Once landed, they provide a tasty meal. Because of these characteristics, lingcod are highly sought by recreational anglers throughout the Ketchikan area . Lingcod are voracious predators and can grow to weigh over 80 pounds. Red Snapper, and dozens of other Rockfish also are caught on a frequent basis.

It’s never too early to plan your summer Alaska fishing vacation! We take reservations year round. Whether it’s your first trip to Alaska or you have friends and family visiting, treat yourself to a true Alaskan fishing experience with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife viewing and possibly the catch of a lifetime! Give us a call to secure your date.

Whether you are fishing for a week or for just half a day, take the time to enjoy the thrill of True Alaskan Fishing.