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To get the most out of your Alaskan fishing adventure, it pays to prep. At Salmon Falls Fishing Resort, we make it easy with simple pre-departure steps to take to make your experience everything you imagine.

From answers to our most frequently asked questions to online forms and waivers, you’ll find everything you need right here.

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Travel

Getting Here

Getting to Ketchikan and the Salmon Falls Resort is easy. There are two major commercial airlines that fly into Ketchikan and they are Alaska and Delta. Flight will originate at your home airport, but expect to catch a connection at SeaTac International Airport (SEA). There you’ll board one of the commercial flights heading to Ketchikan. Trip time from wheels up to wheels down is about 90 minutes.

Once you land at Ketchikan International Airport (KTN) you’ll pick-up your bag and walk a few feet to the curb. Our resort vans will be standing by to take you on the short trip across the ferry and then out to the resort. We’re only 14 miles from the ferry terminal so relax and take in the sights and get ready for your Alaskan Adventure to begin.

Packing

Being Prepared

We recommend our guests pack and dress in layers to expect the unexpected while in Ketchikan. Weather can change very quickly from cool and rainy to sunny and warm. We’ve got your fishing gear covered including rain boot and jackets. It gets warm when you’re wrestling with your catch even on the coolest of days.

We find that most guests enjoy relaxing by the fire pit after a day on the water followed by dinner in The Timbers Restaurant. Casual attire is appropriate in The Timbers and on the deck next to the fire pit.

FAQs

What to Expect


What is the weather like?

Ketchikan has an oceanic climate, and experiences mild summers, with an average high temperature in August of 65 degrees. We are located in a rainforest, and do experience rain to keep our hillsides green.

What should I pack?

Ketchikan is definitely a place for layers and warmer clothing. Mornings and evenings can be cooler, however the afternoons tend to warm up and sunscreen may be needed. There is a chance of showers, but not to worry the Resort has rain gear and boots on hand. Outdoor shoes or boots are ideal for the docks and boats, also being active around Ketchikan. If you forgot something no worry, we have just about everything you will need in our gift shop.

What type of fish can I expect to catch?

You can expect to catch King Salmon, Pink (Humpy), Coho (Silver), Dog (Chum), Halibut, and over 20 different species of Rock Fish. See below for a handy guide on the best time to fish in Alaska -

King Salmon - Mid May to end of July
Pink and Chum Salmon - Mid July to Mid August
Red Salmon - Mid June to Mid August
Silver Salmon - July to end of September
Halibut - May to end of September

Can I ship my fish home?

Safely ship your fish home using the major airlines, FedEx or UPS. Average shipping prices are $4 per pound. We will also store your catch in our freezer after your departure date for a scheduled shipment date.

Do I need to purchase a fishing license?

In Alaska, a license is required to participate in sport and personal use fishing. Licenses are available at different prices for residents, non-residents, members of the military, and residents who are disabled veterans and/or who are age 60 or older. Residents and non-residents under the age of 16 are required to be licensed for sport fishing. Salmon Falls Fishing Resort is an accredited fishing license vendor. We can assist you from start to finish, click here to start the process.

How many can a boat accomodate?

Our vessels can accommodate up-to 6 anglers based on availability, plus the Captain.

How will my fish be packaged & processed?

We will process your full catch on-site. All fish is cleaned, filleted per the customers desires and professionally vacuum sealed for easy freezer storage. We securely pack your frozen fish in boxes up to 50 pounds to ensure your catch remains fully frozen until thoroughly enjoyed at your dinner table back home. We also provide the service of shipping your fish home, at prices averaging at $4 a pound.

Do you serve lunch during fishing trips?

Yes. We serve customized box lunches. Guests are able to request their made-to-order lunch upon check-in. Call our front desk for more information.

Will we fish in fresh or salt water?

Guests will mainly fish in protected Pacific Ocean saltwater coves and along the rugged coast of Southeast Alaska. Prepare to enjoy breathtaking scenery and exquisite local abundant wildlife. Freshwater fishing is also available if you reserve this extracurricular activity ahead of time. Please call the front desk and ask about local touring and excursion opportunities including floatplane adventures.

Will I get seasick?

Each person reacts to open boating and sportfishing experiences differently. Even the most seasoned veteran gets seasick from time to time. Our vessels are fully stocked with Coast Guard approved first-aid kits in the event that you become ill. We also have motion sickness medicines available in our gift shop.

Fishing License


In Alaska, a license is required to participate in sport and personal use fishing. Licenses are available at different prices for residents, non-residents, members of the military, and residents who are disabled veterans and/or who are age 60 or older. Residents and non-residents under the age of 16 are required to be licensed for sport fishing. Salmon Falls Fishing Resort is an accredited fishing license vendor. Please complete the application below to obtain for fishing license.

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