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Many people dream of traveling to Alaska and often the best way to see the state is through a cruise! A cruise to Alaska wouldn't be complete without checking off a fishing trip in the state however. Sitka is a great option because it offers variety and abundance like no other place. Below we have compiled a list of common questions about booking a charter when traveling to Alaska on a cruise ship.

What types of fish can I expect to catch in Sitka, Alaska?

Sitka offers a diverse range of fish, including salmon (king also known as Chinook and silver salmon also known as coho), halibut, lingcod, and rockfish.

Are there fishing excursions specifically designed for cruise passengers in Sitka?

Answer: Yes, at Outer Limits we have specialized fishing excursions for cruise passengers in Sitka. These tours typically cater to various experience levels and provide all necessary gear. Arrangements must be made prior to travel via cruise to Sitka as our tours tend to fill up in advance of the summer cruise season. The best part is we can pick you up right from the cruise ship dock!

When is the best time of year for fishing in Sitka?

The fishing season varies by species. Generally, May to June September is prime for salmon (with different species peaking at different times), and halibut fishing is good throughout the summer months and is aligned with the typical cruise ship season.

Do I need a fishing license for a guided fishing tour in Sitka?

Yes, a fishing license is required for sportfishing in Alaska and must be obtained and printed prior to the fishing excursion. If an angler is interested in obtaining king salmon, a king salmon stamp must also be purchased with the fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased at: 

What is the typical duration of a fishing excursion in Sitka?

Our cruise ship package is a 6-hour trip on the boat to maximize fishing time but also ensure enough time to get to and from the cruise. Your Captain Riley will pick you up to and from the cruise ship terminal dock for easy and stress free access to fishing.

Can I keep the fish I catch, and are there size limits or catch restrictions?

Yes, you can keep the fish you catch within specified regulations. Size limits, catch limits, and other restrictions are in place to ensure sustainable fishing practices and can be found on Alaska Fish & Game's website (we are Area 2C)  When keeping fish, we will help you organize contact with the processor with our discount and they will also arrange shipping your box of fish to your final destination.

What kind of equipment is provided on fishing tours in Sitka?

We provide you will all the necessary equipment, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. We also now include new raingear as of 2024. It is suggested that passengers on the boat wear waterproof footwear, as that is not provided.

Are there family-friendly fishing options in Sitka for children or beginners?

Yes, Outer Limits Charters is known best for Captain Riley’s ability to help all anglers, whether they are a seasoned fishing family or a beginner family looking to add core memories to their teenagers lives. We aim to offer a friendly and educational experience suitable for all ages, but due to the amount of time on the ocean, we recommend waiting until your son or daughter is 12 years, with the exception that you already have a super fishy and enthusiastic young fisherman. Rest assured, Captain Riley has a passion for not just fishing, but teaching fishing as well.

What happens if the weather is unfavorable on the day of the fishing excursion?

You can expect there to be rainfall in Sitka during your stay but we don’t let that stop us from having fun since we provide high-quality rainwear and fish are already wet and don't stop feeding because of rain! If ocean conditions are unfavorable, we can generally find more protected areas to fish that are more comfortable.

How do I book a fishing excursion in Sitka from my cruise ship?

You can book your fishing excursion through our website contact form before your trip (CLICK HERE). We highly recommend that you book as early in advance as possible, as we tend to fill up for the season prior to the tourist season starting.

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