Grab a line and get hooked on Alaska's favorite pastime
Don't be surprised when you see a local calendar marked not with birthdays and anniversary dates, but with tidal schedules and salmon migrations. Fishing is that big of a deal around here. Between the Pacific halibut and five species of Pacific salmon, it's a wonder any work gets done.
If fishing in Juneau is on your "to-do" list, you are in luck, because dozens of longtime Alaskans operate Coast Guard licensed charter fishing boats. Full- and half-day charters carry no more than six people at a time to assure lots of rod time for each passenger. There are also local companies that take you on guided fly fishing trips, either in a skiff, onshore, or by hopping a floatplane to a remote river or lake. Or you can rent a skiff or charter a vessel to customize your own fishing adventure.
A word about halibut catch limits: For 2015 in Southeast Alaska, NOAA regulations limit halibut charter sportfishing participants to one fish under 42" OR one fish over 80" per day. A 42" halibut is in the 26-pound range; an 80" halibut is in the 208-pound range. With any luck, you can be the envy of your neighbors back home.
State of Alaska fishing licenses are required, but you can purchase one from your charter boat captain or at major retail outlets. Once you fill your cooler, consider dropping off your fish at one of Juneau's fish processors, where they will process and ship it to you once you return home.
Now that's what we call convenience food -- fresh from Alaska waters to "home plate," where you can brag about your Juneau fishing prowess and enjoy great seafood!