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Sitka self chartersFish Baranof is your one-stop shop for self-guided saltwater fishing in Sitka, Alaska. We offer packages that include lodging, rental boats, rods, reels, tackle, downriggers, depth finder, VHF, GPS, charts, safety gear and more. If you have big water boat-driving experience and the ability to catch fish on your own, then we are the perfect solution.

Our boats are located at our private dock. Most of the fleet is comprised of 19- and 21-foot Hewescraft Sea Runners powered with Yamaha main and kicker motors and are extremely ocean-worthy, fish-catching machines. All of our guests stay local hotels and Airbnbs. Joel can help you with suggestions. Many good restaurants can be found in Sitka, including the Mean Queen in the Totem Square Hotel, so you will have ample choices of places to get a good meal after a great day on the water. Fish Baranof also provides commercial vacuum-packing machines and freezer space for anglers to package and store their fish.

Salmon and bottomfish are abundant in Sitka. Our proximity to outside waters puts us in prime location to intercept migrating salmon, and these fertile waters are home to great numbers of halibut, lingcod and many species of rockfish. Starting in May, king salmon can be caught in good numbers by trolling or mooching. Popular locations like Vitskari Rocks, St. Lazaria Islands, Biorka Island and Cape Edgecumbe often produce chunky Chinook for the fish box. As the season progresses, coho salmon arrive in fishable numbers in July and peak sometime in August. When the coho are in thick, daily limits (six per angler per day in 2020) can be caught with time left over to target bottomfish.

The Self-Guided Advantage

One of the advantages of choosing a DIY, self-guided saltwater trip in Sitka with Fish Baranof is that you are not subject to the same rules that guided anglers have to follow for the retention of halibut. In 2020, self-guided anglers could keep two halibut per day of any size, while guided halibut anglers could keep one fish per day in a reverse slot limit—either under 45 inches or over 80 inches. This is a huge advantage for DIY halibut anglers. Rockfish and lingcod populations are healthy in Sitka, so come prepared to catch some of these tasty species as well.

At Fish Baranof, we strive to provide top quality equipment, service and support. Come visit us in Sitka and enjoy a self-guided saltwater experience on your terms!

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“Many anglers dream of fishing for salmon, halibut and bottomfish in Sitka’s productive waters, but don’t want to pay the high price for a typical lodge stay. If you have some big-water boating experience and dream of a DIY trip to a premier Alaskan saltwater port, Fish Baranof in Sitka, AK is for you. Located on one of the most productive saltwater ports in Alaska, I know of no better location for the DIY angler to target salmon, halibut and other bottomfish than Fish Baranof.”

-George Krumm
Editor, Fish Alaska

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“Fish Baranof is a top-notch company providing a great experience for people who know how to run a boat and fish already. Anglers who want to go to Alaska and experience it on their own terms can plan the perfect trip with Fish Baranof. Joel has some of the best equipment in the area for self-guided anglers and everything is conveniently located. He provides an awesome experience for his customers. The staff is helpful and courteous to customers and aim to give them the best experience possible while visiting this destination fishery in beautiful Sitka, Alaska. I can recommend Joel and Fish Baranof both personally and professionally with great confidence.”

Austin Moser
Austin’s Northwest Adventures