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  • Ketchikan Fishing Report: King Salmon Edition It's all about King salmon in Knudson Cove... or Chinook salmon at Chinook Shores Lodge. Really, whatever you want to call them... Kings or Chinooks... they're biting! Ketchikan salmon catch rates typically increase the last two weeks of June, 2019 is no exception. King salmon catch rates in the Mountain Point area and the Herring… Read More
  • Ketchikan Terminal Harvest Areas Open to Harvest Hatchery King Salmon The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced today that the bag and possession limit for all anglers in three Ketchikan terminal harvest areas, is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. For nonresidents, the annual limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. The terminal… Read More
  • 2019 Ketchikan Fishing Report Source: Alaska Department of Fish & Game (as of May 06, 2019) 2019 Alaska sport fishing licenses are available online at the Alaska Fish & Game (AF&G) Website. It's a reel addiction -- self-guided fishing in Ketchikan Alaska! King Salmon Retention of king salmon is prohibited in the Ketchikan area through June 14th. Opportunity to… Read More
  • 2018 Ketchikan Fishing Report Source: Alaska Department of Fish & Game King Salmon There have been several news releases issued regarding king salmon limits for the Southeast Region and the Ketchikan area. Please pay particular attention to the Ketchikan news release dated March 29, 2018 that prohibits king salmon retention in all of Districts 1 and 2 through June… Read More
  • An Open Letter Regarding Proposed 2018 Unuk River King Salmon Stock Status and Action Plan Attn: Alaska Board of Fish (BOF) RE: SE & Yakutat Finfish & Shellfish Comments I own and operate Chinook Shores sport fishing lodge located in Clover Passage, West Behm Canal. We opened in 2005, lodge up to 30 guests, operate seven fishing boats, employ eight people and bring approximately 600 non-resident anglers to Ketchikan May-September.… Read More
  • 2015 Southeast Alaska Fishing Report: Jeff’s 2016 Fishing Forecast Chinook (King) Salmon 2015 was the year of the King salmon in Ketchikan, Alaska. The return of our local Chinook in June was above average with most of the kings in the 15-25 lb range. The fishing started out hot in early June and continued on a typical up and down pattern throughout the month.… Read More
  • How to Catch More Salmon I am often asked, “What can I do to catch more salmon?” The simplest and often most accurate answer is, fish where the salmon are. Or more precisely, fish in a school of salmon. Salmon will often congregate around a pinnacle, behind a rock, near a point or on some sort of structure along a… Read More
  • Fresh Water Fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska While Chinook Shores Lodge offers some of the calmest salt water fishing around, peeople often ask us "Where can I fly fish in Ketchikan?" or "Where can I fresh water fish in Ketchikan?" The two fresh water fishing spots nearest Chinook Shores Lodge are Ward Lake and the Naha River National Recreation Trail. Naha Bay Getting There: Access… Read More
  • How’s the Halibut Fishing in Ketchikan? Successful halibut fishing really depends on timing and weather... From mid June through August halibut fishing is pretty good to excellent in Ketchikan.  I can only think of a few days in recent years that we targeted halibut and did not catch our limit while I was guiding. Some of those days were due to… Read More
  • 2014 Ketchikan, Alaska Fishing Report The 2014 fishing season in Ketchikan, Alaska proved another great summer for anglers seeking salmon and halibut! The King (Chinook) salmon fishing started out slow in May and early June but by mid June fishing started to pick up and we saw a lot of nice kings through the whole month of July with peak… Read More
  • Lingcod Bonus Fish for Silver Salmon Fisherman Limit Out On The Salmon? Go For The Lings! Silver (coho) fishing in Ketchikan can be phenomenal from July through September.  So what do you do when you and your buddies have limited out on 24 coho salmon before 10:30 AM?  Go bottom fishing!  You can find a spot to halibut fish in nearly all… Read More
  • Labor Day 2014: An Alaska Fishing Lodge Perspective Some hardworking Americans say, a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. We couldn't agree more; however, we also belive there's no such thing as a bad day fishing. As a matter of fact, the fishing has been fantastic this year! September brings great things like Labor Day weekend and the… Read More
  • Cohos Gone Wild in Ketchikan, Alaska These self-guided and guided anglers are crazy about the fall run of Cohos in Ketchikan, Alaska. Coho season, aka silver salmon season, is in full swing from now through the end of September.  If you haven't been to Ketchikan in September you are truly missing out on some of the worlds best Coho Fishing.  We have anglers… Read More
  • Successful Halibut and Salmon Fishing in Alaska Fishing in Alaska is something that every sportsman should experience. Offering exciting opportunities for halibut and salmon fishing, this is the destination that fishermen everywhere dream of. Halibut is especially abundant in the southeast are of Alaska, including Ketchikan. This area is well known for its large halibut and salmon runs. Large catches are often… Read More
  • Unguided Fishing A Self Guided / Unguided Fishing Adventure In Alaska Can Be The Most Rewarding Fishing Trip You’ll Ever Take At Chinook Shores we specialize in Unguided Alaska fishing trips.  We have everything you need for the Do-It-Yourselfer.  We understand what you need and our boats, facilities and helpful staff show it.  Chinook Shores was designed… Read More
  • Guided Fishing GUIDED ALASKA FISHING TRIPS ARE A GREAT WAY TO GET INTO SOME WORLD CLASS FISHING RIGHT OFF THE BAT If you are an inexperienced boater/fisherman or would rather have a professional guide get you straight into some of the hottest salmon and halibut fishing Alaska has to offer then a fully guided Alaska fishing trip… Read More
  • Fun with the Whole Family: Planning Alaska Fishing Vacations Looking for an unforgettable vacation opportunity that offers something for everyone in your family? Alaska fishing trips are a great way to bond with your family in an environment unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Vast, open spaces and cold waters filled with sea life provide ample opportunity for seeing many types of animals.  Both fishing… Read More
  • SUMMER HAUNTS In the summer, SE Alaska halibut hang out in several different sea bed types but the one thing they’ll all have in common is food. Halibut eat crab, shrimp, cod, herring, squid, octopus, salmon, etc. – they are truly the pigs of the sea. Halibut will travel the inside waters through channels, up canals and… Read More
  • Sport fishing is great just north of Ketchikan, Alaska! I've been in the "Lower 48" most of the winter, exhibiting at trade shows and gearing up my Alaska lodge and boats for the 2013 fishing season. Today I paid a visit to SPORTCO and the Outdoor Emporium. While I was shopping I started a conversation with one of the store managers.  As we spoke about fishing in… Read More
  • How to Plan an Alaska Halibut Fishing Trip Halibut fishing in Alaska is a thrilling experience. The high value, delicious fish can put up a strong fight during the catching process, making it truly exciting. Thanks to the natural environment in Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska, the area is known for large halibut runs. With large tides, ample bait fish and huge schools of… Read More
  • The Best Times to Fish in Ketchikan The most common question I get asked is, "When's the best time to come fishing in Alaska". And my answer is always, "Anytime from June through September".  It just depends on what kind of fish you want to catch and where you want to fish.  Remember Ketchikan is at the southern end of the southeast panhandle… Read More
  • HOW TO CUT & RIG A HERRING If you want to catch salmon in Southeast Alaska, follow these simple steps to cut and rig a plugged herring.  This rig works well for Mooching or Trolling and will catch salmon, halibut, rockfish...pretty much anything that feeds on herring.  So it won't catch a Sockeye salmon as they feed on krill. Using a sharp knife,… Read More
  • Jig Fishing for Alaska Halibut WHERE AND WHEN TO JIG - I jig for halibut all the time, bait is great but usually jigging will out fish it.  My favorite way to jig halibut is by anchoring on or drifting across a point or gently sloping shoreline with a gravely bottom during a slack tide (tide change) where schools of salmon,… Read More
  • THE LIFECYCLE OF A HALIBUT Halibut spawn annually between November and March in deep water (600 to 1800 ft) near the edge of the continental shelf from British Columbia to the Bering Sea. The free floating eggs hatch after two to three weeks and as the larvae develop they gradually float upwards and drift in a northwest direction with the… Read More
  • Selecting and Brining Herring for Alaska Salmon Fishing One of the most common and effective ways to fish salmon is using a cut plug herring. Why a cut plug? - Simply because it's easy to get a good spin, you can change the spin with the cut angle, it's easy to rig, and it works well for both trolling and mooching. I have… Read More
  • How to Fight a Big Halibut HOW BIG IS THIS HALIBUT? - After you've hooked up, how you play the halibut can be the difference in landing her in the boat.  I tend to keep my drag tight when halibut  jigging so when I set the hook, it gets driven through the lip or cheek instead of the spool just paying out… Read More
  • Alaska Halibut Fishing with Circle Hooks When I anchor up on a halibut spot in Alaska I like to immediately get some some meat in the water to start a scent trail.  These are the rods you want up current typically in the bow of the boat, unless the wind and tide are opposite of each other and your sitting sideways… Read More
  • How to Prepare for Alaska Fishing Trip The preparation you’ll need for your Alaska fishing trip depends on the type of trip you have planned.  Fishing lodges are perfect for those who are looking for a high-quality fishing experience that has easy access to the hottest fishing spots with both chartered and unchartered boats.  These professionally run establishments offer an authentic fishing experience with… Read More
  • Fishing in Alaska: Where to Stay During Your Alaska Fishing Vacation Are you looking for the best place to stay during your fishing trip in Alaska? Fishing lodges offer the best in fishing vacations. With easy access to high quality boats and fishing gear, you can be well on your way to catching the big one when you purchase an Alaska vacation package. Packages for fishing… Read More
  • Unique Vacation Destinations: Planning Your Alaska Vacation You’ve done the amusement park, you experienced the fancy resorts and spa vacations. So, what’s next? An Alaskan vacation is an exciting destination that many people never get to experience. Trips are typically more affordable than travelers realize, making it a realistic vacation solution that the whole family can enjoy. Visiting Alaska isn’t just for… Read More
  • Alaska Fishing Resorts: Fun for the Whole Family If you are looking for a unique vacation that is fun for the whole family, look no further than beautiful Alaska. Alaska fishing resorts offer a wide range of opportunities and aren’t just limited to fishing. Many resorts offer easy access to numerous activities, including snorkeling, air tours and kayaking. Destinations like these make exploring… Read More
  • Helpful Tips for Your Alaska Fishing Vacation Planning an Alaska fishing vacation? Alaska is like no other destination in the world. Amazing fishing opportunities and untouched wilderness make it a popular place for all types of travelers, from families with an interest in wildlife, to professional sportsmen. As long as you are well-prepared, you will enjoy the trip of a lifetime. An… Read More