Fishing Charters - Frequently Asked Questions

When's the best fishing?

The peek for King Salmon is from June until mid-July.  Silvers are fished later in the season from mid-August to September.  Pinks are ready from July through August.  Halibut and other bottom fish are available all season long.

What's the weather like?

Sporadic is the best word to accurately describe the weather in Southeast Alaska so please remember to dress in casual  layering!  It could be raining, sun shining, overcast or rather windy at times so it's best to be prepared for anything.

Where do we meet you?

We will meet you on the docks directly in front of your cruise ship and this effort is coordinated with you well in advance to your arrival in Ketchikan.  Our charter boat is moored just a few minutes away and we'll be off to the fishing grounds in no time!

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What should I bring to ensure a safe and comfortable trip?

We recommend dressing in layers to combat the ever-changing weather and to bring a day pack with you for personal items that you may need such as medications.  You can never be too prepared but pack as light as you can.

Will I need to purchase a fishing license beforehand?

Yes.  In order to streamline your experience, we highly recommend that you purchase a fishing license before you arrive, and you can accomplish this online by visiting the State of Alaska's Department of Fish and Game's website.

Is there a restroom on board the Sims Sea Charters boat?

Yes, there's a private bathroom on board ready for use.

How many guests can the boat accommodate per trip?

We are legally allowed to accommodate six guests plus the Captain per private fishing charter trip.  Our fishing charters are perfect for groups and especially traveling families.

How do we package and ship our fresh fish home?

We recommend Cedars Lodge for all your seafood processing, packaging, and shipping needs.  On our way back to the cruise ship docks, we'll tie up directly at their dock, and will further guide you through the entire process of shipping your fresh Alaskan fish back to your home.