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BECAUSE SOMEDAY I'LL...
FISH IN ALASKA

The glaciers, cooler summer temperatures,
picturesque scenery, seeing wildlife and the
fishing make America's "Last Frontier" a bucket
list destination. Holland America's 7-day Alaskan
Explorer includes stops in Sitka and Ketchikan,
two fishing paradises for anglers.
Situated on the Gulf of Alaska means endless fishing
opportunities within a one-hour boat ride from downtown
Sitka. "The ocean currents push a plethora of bait towards
Sitka Sound and predators, such as salmon, halibut,
lingcod and rockfish, feed on them. The freshwater fishing
is also fabulous because of the many rivers entering Sitka
Sound where you can catch steelhead, salmon, char and
trout fly fishing or with spin fishing gear," said Tad Kisaka,
owner and guide of Classic Casting Adventures.
You can book a half day fishing excursion (four to six
hours) and still have time to explore Sitka. Jump in a taxi
for the short and scenic drive to Fortress of the Bear, a
rescue center for orphaned bears. Take a leisurely walk
through the tall pines of Sitka National Historical Park to
see the totem poles and learn about its Russian and
Native Alaskan history.
As Alaska's "First City," Ketchikan is the gateway to the
stunning fjords of the Inside Passage. It's known as the
salmon capital of the world. The indigenous Tlingit people
set up summer fishing camps along the banks of
Ketchikan Creek. It has been a thriving commercial

fishing community for more than a century. Book a
four-hour fishing charter boat or book a seat on a
floatplane for a fly-out excursion to fish a local lake or
stream. You can also just rent a rod in town. In addition to
salmon, you could reel in red snapper, lingcod, trout and
more. Peak season for salmon usually runs mid-May
through mid-September. All five salmon species -
chinook, coho, sockeye, humpy and chum - are found in
the surrounding waters.
An alternative is a flightseeing tour with Misty Fjords Air.
You soar over the jaw-dropping scenery of Misty Fjords
National Monument, "the Grand Canyon of the North," and
land on the water in the national monument only accessible
by plane or boat. Take in unparalleled views of Alaska's
rugged wilderness on a two-and-a-half-hour tour.
Stroll the boardwalks of the Creek Street Historic
District. The town's early 1900s red-light district is now
filled with shops, galleries and restaurants. You might
even see humpy salmon spawning, especially in late July
through mid-September. Before getting back on your
cruise, stop in Annabelle's Famous Keg and Chowder
House in the historic Gilmore Hotel. Sip an Alaskan brew
while enjoying their Three Chowder Sampler with cups of
homemade clam, smoked salmon and seafood chowders.
It's the perfect meal for your send-off from Alaska.

- Jennifer Broome

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