Welcome to Fish Finder Charters, Ketchikan’s premier salmon and halibut fishing charter. Our experienced captain knows all the best spots in the area and will take you to where the fish are biting. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, we’ve got something for everyone.
Captain Colby Slanaker is a highly experienced and knowledgeable native Ketchikan Salmon and Halibut Fishing Guide. Born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, he has an intimate knowledge of the area and its waters. Spending over 250 days on the water each year, he has built up a vast level of insight into locating large schools of fish. He knows which spots will offer anglers the most exciting fights and provides detailed information regarding lures, trolling techniques, and proper bait choices for each species.
Fish FInders boat, The Double Header is a 30-ft Baha Cruiser, It is Ketchikan’s fastest fishing boat. Outfitted with twin 225 hp Yamaha Outboards, it can quickly transport you to your desired fishing grounds and back. She is fitted with Scotty Downriggers, state-of-the-art fish finding and navigational electronics, and safety equipment that goes above and beyond US Coast Guard standards. Whether you’re going after halibut or Salmon, the Double Header will get you there faster, giving you more time to enjoy what Ketchikan offers.
Some of the main fishing techniques in Ketchikan are trolling, jigging, bottom fishing with chum bags and drifting. Many of the methods used by Captain Colby on Fish Finder charters are honed from his years of fishing and are top secret. For crabbing, there is a hauler on board.
Fish Finders offers a variety of fishing experiences for all levels of anglers; Four-hour Salmon charters, Six-hour Halibut trips, Full-day Salmon/Halibut Combo charters and up to five-day charters with lodging included. There are also options for Crab/Shrimp/Squid and fishing the streams for Steelhead and Trout charters for those looking for something different. All trips are private and will cater to the needs of beginners to even the most experienced fisherman.
The finest rods, reels by Penn and Shimano, and custom-built lures and flies are provided for your trip. Captain Colby recommends that you dress appropriately for the weather. Even during warmer months, it’s important to bring layers of clothing and non-slip shoes such as boots. Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a camera – you’ll want to capture all the beautiful sights like whales, bald eagles and even black and brown bears, Sitka black-tail deer and wolves! Also, a valid fishing license is an absolute must before heading out on your adventure.
Alaska is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet and one of the best places to go charter fishing. Fish Finders prides itself on providing its guests with private, exciting charters. Whether you are vacationing or just stopping by on a cruise ship, Fish Finders has one of the most knowledgeable Captains and the fastest boat. All of this ensures that you will have more time fishing and will be reeling in fish after fish.