Sitka was originally named Shee-Atika by Tlingit (pronounced ‘Klink-et’) natives, who called the area home for over 10,000 years. Russians arrived in 1799 and forcibly repelled the native population from the area by 1804, renaming the settlement New Archangel. By 1840, Bishop Innocent (Ivan Veniaminon) had St. Michael's Cathedral built in downtown Sitka, and named the city the capital of the area during Russia's reign. 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.
- One of the highest catch rates in Alaska:
What can we say? Here, you will catch more fish.
- No downtime:
Because the area boasts continuous migration from May to September, you won’t be waiting for bites.
- Fish that are fun to catch:
The area has plenty of ocean bright feeding salmon that bite all day long. These are better fighting fish and the best table fare.
- Multiple species every single day:
Catch salmon, halibut, and bottom fish in the same day.
- Multiple hook ups:
Schools feed closely here, so multiple hook ups are common.
- Calmer waters:
As we don’t have strong tidal currents, you can fish halibut anytime of the day.
- Great weather:
We fish inside and outside waters, so you’ll never lose a day's fishing to weather.