Posted by: Jerry Garrett | May 15, 2011

Fish On, 2011: A Princess of an Alaskan Fishing Trip

A salmon fishing expert never goes home empty-handed.

How is it that I have been fishing in Alaska – twice – and never caught anything? Maybe the fish sense that I have more enthusiasm for consuming them than catching them. So I make restaurant reservations instead. I’d try my luck more often, but it can be time-consuming figuring out the licensing, getting together the gear, and discovering the best places to fish.

Diamond Princess

Princess Cruises, however, has come up with a packaged solution to all that: a new 14-day land-and-sea “cruise/tour” to some of Alaska’s premier fishing spots.

Sign up and try salmon fishing in the Inside Passage from Ketchikan, bottom fishing for halibut near Juneau, and river fishing on the Kenai and Talkeetna rivers.

“Fishing is such an iconic part of the Alaska experience, that it made sense to offer a special tour especially for those who want to focus their time on the sport,” said Jan Swartz, a Princess Cruises EVP.  “We include a variety of fishing experiences so our passengers can get a taste of the array of fishing opportunities found throughout the state.”

The itinerary includes a seven days on a Voyage of the Glaciers cruise through the Gulf of Alaska. The package also takes you to Glacier Bay National Park, plus two nights at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and one night in Anchorage.

Besides the fishing tours, you also get to do some traveling via the scenic Alaskan Railroad, and do a bus tour of part of Denali National Park.

But here’s the meat in the sandwich:

Alaska Sportfishing in Ketchikan

Experience the “Salmon Capital of the World” – fishing for king, pink and silver salmon – in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage. Travel in a large, heated cabin cruiser on a five-hour expedition.

Halibut/Bottom Sportfishing in Juneau

“This excursion takes a small group on a journey to experience bottom fishing for halibut, Pacific cod, arrow-tooth flounder and nearly a dozen species of rockfish, depending on the season,” says Princess press materials. “Bottom fishing appeals to anglers of all experience levels, as fish are easy to hook and usually very abundant.” Also abundant in this area are some of the region’s other wildlife, including whales and sea lions.

Fishing the Kenai

Kenai Upper River Sportfishing

The Kenai River is famed for its beautiful scenery and trophy-sized fish. Tour participants will be trying to catch sockeye salmon, Dolly Varden and/or rainbow trout. Fishing can be done from shore, a non-motorized drift boat or raft.

Denali Area Sportfishing

Both the experienced and novice fishingmen (and women) will enjoy testing their luck on the lovely Talkeetna River.  An experienced guide will take you by boat to secluded fishing spots. Possible catches include king, silver or red salmon, rainbows, grayling and Dolly Varden, depending on the season. Spectacular views of Mt. McKinley are included at no extra charge.

Record halibut!

Disclaimer: Although fishing license fees are not included in these tours, when and where appropriate, licenses will be available for purchase at each location (or directly from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game). All tours, of course, respect fishing seasons and all regulations. Optional packing and shipping of your catch may also be available.

Find a friend or soulmate who shares your passion for fishing; the fishing cruisetours begin at $3,248 per person, and they are based on double occupancy. Not bad for 14 days, room and board, either on a luxury liner to Alaska, or overnighting at four of Princess’ finest Alaskan lodges.

Jerry Garrett

May 15, 2011


  1. Hell, the fishing trip for that price, you could pick up a Maverick or a Comet for way less and cruise around your country in style and in something different from the rest. As we all know most people love Mavericks ’cause they are different and different is good. Right Jerry. 🙂

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