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The waters along the Inside Passage include many natural fisheries that produce big Salmon and Halibut…so it's not surprise that Halibut fishing & King Salmon fishing tops the list of many visitors to the Inside Passage. With plenty of runs of baitfish, such as herring, these waters are full of Rockfish, Lingcod, Snapper, Sea Bass, and big Salmon Sharks.

The fishing options range from saltwater guided fishing charters to freshwater fly fishing to self-guided saltwater fishing and DIY fishing options for both freshwater and saltwater. The waterways contain all five species of Pacific Salmon with fishing for King Salmon and Silver Salmon topping the list. The population of Pacific Halibut is large with opportunities to target Barn Door Halibut (those over 100 pounds) and Chickens (Halibut under 100 pounds.) There are remote streams, lakes, and rivers where you can fish for Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Steelhead, Lake Trout, Dolly Varden, and Arctic Grayling. Many of the areas around the towns and cities have Forest Service hiking trails that are well-maintained so that you can hike and fish along the rivers and streams and in the lakes here.

The many options for fishing the Inside Passage mean that you can design a fishing expedition that fit your fishing style or wish list. Hook up with a guide who may show you fishing that you've never dreamed of or take a charter and experience the amazement of battling a 200-pound Halibut. You can fly out to remote lakes, rivers, and streams to hit the peak King Salmon spawning runs or to tempt Trophy Rainbow Trout into striking a fly. The fishing options are endless.

With so much to do, see, and experience, it is no wonder that the Inside Passage and the Alaskan Marine Highway are a visitor's choice for experiencing the beauty and wildness that is Alaska.

View of Alaska's Inside Passage from a Cruise Ship
View of Alaska's Inside Passage from a Cruise Ship

Why Visit the Inside Passage?

The Inside Passage is a beautiful stretch of coastal waters that ranges from Olympia,Washington – through stretches of British Columbia – and into the Southeastern part of Alaska's Panhandle and the Alaska Marine Highway. It is a favored route of cruise ships, merchant ships, tankers, barges, and ferries.

The Inside Passage is a sheltered region with calmer water, spectacular views, and exciting ports of call. Major cities include Vancouver & Victoria in British Columbia…and in Alaska – Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Haines, and islands such as Prince of Wales Island, Baranof Island, and Admiralty Island. There are significant national attractions such as Glacier Bay National Park and a host of wildlife that make this area a fantastic destination.

While the Inside Passage is part of the Alaskan Marine Highway, getting here is not overly difficult. Many visitors arrive each summer via cruise ships, which port at many of the cities along the way. You can fly directly into some of the bigger cities, such as Juneau or you can take one a ferry and bring your car or RV. The remote towns and ports are accessible by floatplane or inter-island ferry.

Beyond the beauty, which is significant, is the rich layer of culture, natural vistas, and ports that make the Inside Passage an experience of a lifetime.

One reason the Inside Passage is so famous is that you get a big dose of Alaska, its wilderness, culture, and fantastic outdoor recreation without being directly tied to one location. The experience of traveling from port to port via a cruise ship or driving along these gorgeously prolific shores is unmatched. You can visit Juneau, the State Capital, or stop and explore the Salmon Capital of the World. There are many small villages and larger towns, from Sitka to Haines, to Craig and Kasan. Each with its history and culture.

There is an endless list of outdoor recreation options too. Visitors can ice climb glaciers, take guided tours of cities, cultural monuments, or hike along the tops of glaciers. You can fish, hike, bike, and explore the area by car or RV. There are campgrounds, RV parks, luxury fishing lodges, B&B's, cabin rentals, and hotels. Dine on your own or take in the range of cafes and restaurants, many of which focus on local foods and fresh fish.

Enjoy the wildlife from guided whale watching tours to fly-out bear viewing or even a trip to Admiralty Island and the bear sanctuary there. The Alaska Panhandle is a wild area, which means it is terrific for birding, both seabirds, and terrestrial wonders. You can go from city to remote mountain pathways in minutes. There are places for mountain biking, remote hiking and backpacking, and sites in town that offer a cozy retreat with fantastic views of volcanoes.

The Inside Passage is significant, and the list of what you can do here is long - So long that you can customize your experience to fit your lifestyle. Those range from fishing to wine tasting to remote hiking and backpacking to sitting along a forgotten shore and reading your book. There is something here for the whole family, and what you find will change you. That is why this is such a popular destination. Sample it all, or carve out a little piece of paradise - This is your Alaskan Dream Vacation.


Top Rated Fishing Lodges & Charters

Salmon Falls Resort
Salmon Falls Resort
Premier All-Inclusive Ketchikan Fishing & Adventure Lodge | Choose From Guided or Self-Guided Fishing and Customize with Adventure & Sightseeing Options
108 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $5,000 to $6,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Current Special: Holiday Special - Save 30% on All Inclusive Fishing & Adventure Packages!
Oasis Alaska Charters
Oasis Alaska Charters
We take great pride in what we do and will work hard to give you the best trip possible with the amount of time you have.
371 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $300 to $399 Per Person
Full Day: $500 to $599 Per Person
Island Point Lodge
Island Point Lodge
Self-Guided Fishing on Alaska's Inside Passage | Fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Trout, Steelhead & More | Packages Include Fishing Boats & Gear, Lodging & Meals
29 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
The Ketch
The Ketch
Nestled along the Tongass Narrows, minutes from downtown Ketchikan | Experience the most beautiful wilderness in the world with our fishing & sightseeing excursions!
144 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
Sitka Point Lodge & Fishing Charters
Sitka Point Lodge & Fishing Charters
11 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Haines Family Fishing Charters
Haines Family Fishing Charters
34 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person; $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $300 to $399 Per Person
49th Fathom Charters
49th Fathom Charters
97 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person
Fly Guides - Haines, Alaska
Fly Guides - Haines, Alaska
54 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $300 to $399 Per Person
Angling Unlimited
Angling Unlimited
105 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Bear Creek Outfitters
Bear Creek Outfitters
61 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $400 to $499 Per Person
Full Day: $600 to $699 Per Person
Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge
Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge
6 - 7 Days: $7,000 to $8,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
Baranof Fishing Excursions
Baranof Fishing Excursions
1282 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $300 to $399 Per Person
Cedars Lodge
Cedars Lodge
31 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Salty Sea Charters
Salty Sea Charters
109 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $400 to $499 Per Person
Anglers Adventures & Outfitters
Anglers Adventures & Outfitters
12 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person
Clover Pass Resort
Clover Pass Resort
49 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Fishermen's Inn
Fishermen's Inn
26 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Alaska Seaplane Tours
Alaska Seaplane Tours
419 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Full Day: $500 to $599 Per Person
Rum Runner Charters
Rum Runner Charters
547 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person; $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person; $400 to $499 Per Person
Night N Gale Charters
Night N Gale Charters
16 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person
Ketchikan Charter Boats
Ketchikan Charter Boats
206 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $300 to $399 Per Person
Calder Mountain Lodge
Calder Mountain Lodge
8 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $1,500 to $2,000 Per Person
Whaler’s Cove Lodge
Whaler’s Cove Lodge
48 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $5,000 to $6,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Waterfall Resort
Waterfall Resort
107 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
I Fish Haines Alaska
I Fish Haines Alaska
11 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person
Island View Resort & Charters
Island View Resort & Charters
24 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Svenson Sportfishing
Svenson Sportfishing
44 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person; $200 to $299 Per Person
Doc Warner's Alaska Adventures
Doc Warner's Alaska Adventures
15 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Chum Fun Charters
Chum Fun Charters
90 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person
El Capitan Lodge
El Capitan Lodge
16 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
Explore Alaska Charters
Explore Alaska Charters
44 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $400 to $499 Per Person; $700 to $799 Per Person
Talon Lodge & Spa
Talon Lodge & Spa
115 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $5,000 to $6,000 Per Person
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club
20 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $9,000+ Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $7,000 to $8,000 Per Person
Best Damn Charters
Best Damn Charters
73 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $300 to $399 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person; $400 to $499 Per Person
Chinook Shores
Chinook Shores
36 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
True Alaskan Charters
True Alaskan Charters
36 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person

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