It’s All About Timing

Getting the most out of your trip requires planning. Sitka offers you a multitude of opportunities, but each has its own season. We have King Salmon, Silver Salmon (both freshwater and saltwater), Halibut, Ling Cod, Dungeness crab, and Alaska Spot Prawns. The time you choose to visit Sitka largely determines your opportunities. This page will provide you with information to select the best trip for you.

Important Dates

First Ling Season Opener – May 15 to June 15
Lings will be coming off their spawning beds in search of food. This time will offer exceptional ling fishing.

Sitka Salmon Derby – Memorial Day Weekend & 1st Weekend in June
This is historically when we catch our largest Kings some over 60 lbs. The weekends will be the most crowded days of the entire year as participants search for trophy Kings. Although are waters remain relatively uncrowded you may want to consider scheduling your trip during the week days.

Inside Waters Close to Halibut – June 1
As a conservation effort, most of the protected waters near Sitka close to fishing Halibut.

Commercial Crab Season – Opens June 15
If you want the option of catching Dungeness crab, come before this date.

Commercial King Salmon – Opens July 1
This day marks the beginning of the end for the big concentrations. The later you come after this date the fewer Kings there will be to catch.

Second Ling Cod Season Opens August 16
In effect this season is similar to the first. Expect big numbers of easy to target Lings for the rest of the season.

Inside Waters Reopen for Halibut – September 1

Freshwater Salmon Trips – Start September 21
Around this time the saltwater salmon season will wind down rapidly as salmon begin to return to their native streams. We offer freshwater salmon and saltwater halibut and ling cod thru October.

General Recommendations

  • If your primarily interested in Kings, Halibut, and Ling Cod come before the 4th of July.
  • If you want to catch both Kings and Silvers but not necessarily limits of ether along with your Halibut, you should come between July 4 and August 15.
  • If you want the very best Silver fishing we have to offer,Halibut, and Ling Cod come after August 15.
  • If you want to try your hand at fly-fishing for silvers or just want to try our freshwater salmon fishing with gear and have the option of going out for Halibut and Ling you should look at dates after September 21.