Situated on the west side of Baranof Island and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, islands, bays and inlets, Sitka is a natural wonder ripe with a vibrant history. Everywhere you look you'll find Mother Nature's handiwork, from bald eagles, seals, and sea lions to whales, and sea otters. Plus, the fishing is amazing.
Sitka was originally named Shee-Atika by Tlingit (pronounced Klink-et) natives. Russians were the first settlers to Sitka in 1799. By 1840, Bishop Innocent (Ivan Veniaminon) had St. Michael's Cathedral built in downtown Sitka. Sitka was the Capitol during Russia's reign of Alaska. Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867 for $7.2 million – just pennies per acre. Today, you'll find plenty of reminders of the Tlingit and Russian histories throughout the community.
Sitka is accessible by plane or boat. Contact Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air at 800-426-0333. They have daily 737 flights into Sitka from Seattle. In addition, the Alaska Marine Highway Ferries provide ferry services to Sitka. They can be reached at 800-642-0066.
- Highest catch rate for King salmon in Southeast Alaska: You will catch more fish.
- Consistent fishing May-September: Continuous migration of fish with no down time.
- Ocean bright feeding salmon: Fish bite all day long. Better fighting fish. The best table fare.
- Multiple species each day: Catch salmon, halibut and bottom fish in the same day.
- Fish are densely schooled feeders: Multiply hook-ups are common.
- No strong tidal currents to tend with: Fish halibut anytime of the day
- Inside/Outside waters: Never lose a day's fishing to weather.