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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

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.
416 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
The Local Guy - Charters & Sightseeing
The Local Guy - Charters & Sightseeing
371 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
Never Monday Charters
Never Monday Charters
56 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person
Full Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Chinook Shores
Chinook Shores
36 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Sportsman's Cove Lodge
Sportsman's Cove Lodge
19 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Fireweed Lodge
Fireweed Lodge
14 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 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
Dalin Charters & Guides
Dalin Charters & Guides
5 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person; $400 to $499 Per Person
Baranof Fishing Excursions
Baranof Fishing Excursions
1633 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $300 to $399 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
Chick Charters
Chick Charters
45 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 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
Night N Gale Charters
Night N Gale Charters
16 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person
Bear Creek Outfitters
Bear Creek Outfitters
63 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $400 to $499 Per Person
Full Day: $600 to $699 Per Person
49th Fathom Charters
49th Fathom Charters
109 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person
El Capitan Lodge
El Capitan Lodge
18 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
Shelter Cove Lodge
Shelter Cove Lodge
29 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Big Blue Charters
Big Blue Charters
13 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $3,000 to $3,500 Per Person
Half Day: $400 to $499 Per Person
Full Day: $500 to $599 Per Person
Lost in Alaska Adventures
Lost in Alaska Adventures
81 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person
Island Point Lodge
Island Point Lodge
Self-Guided Fishing on Alaska's Inside Passage
31 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 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
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
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
Waterfall Resort
Waterfall Resort
130 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
Cascade Creek Lodge
Cascade Creek Lodge
83 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $5,500 to $6,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Full Day: $400 to $499 Per Person
Svenson Sportfishing
Svenson Sportfishing
86 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $150 to $199 Per Person; $200 to $299 Per Person
Sure-Strike Lodge
Sure-Strike Lodge
4 - 5 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
Salmon Falls Resort
Salmon Falls Resort
Premier All-Inclusive Ketchikan Fishing & Adventure Lodge
123 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $5,500 to $6,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
The Ketch
The Ketch
Nestled along the Tongass Narrows, minutes from downtown Ketchikan
152 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
6 - 7 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person; $300 to $399 Per Person
Full Day: $500 to $599 Per Person; $600 to $699 Per Person
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club
28 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $9,000 - $12,000 Per Person
Ketchikan's Finest Fishing Charters
Ketchikan's Finest Fishing Charters
Ketchikan’s Finest offers our clients the fastest boats, running to the richest fishing grounds to keep you on the fish!
124 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $300 to $399 Per Person
Clover Pass Resort
Clover Pass Resort
4.6 out of 5 207 Google Reviews
6 - 7 Days: $4,500 to $5,000 Per Person
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Shelter Lodge
Shelter Lodge
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person
Taylor Charters
Taylor Charters
19 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $3,500 to $4,000 Per Person
Half Day: $200 to $299 Per Person
Full Day: $400 to $499 Per Person
Pybus Point Lodge
Pybus Point Lodge
222 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $5,500 to $6,000 Per Person
Talon Lodge & Spa
Talon Lodge & Spa
122 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $5,500 to $6,000 Per Person
Cedars Lodge
Cedars Lodge
33 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
4 - 5 Days: $2,500 to $3,000 Per Person

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