4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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  • Location:Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan

If you’re a fan of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Deadliest Catch, you saw the Aleutian Ballad, a commercial fishing boat, escape a rogue wave in the Bering Sea. On this 3-hour fisherman’s tour from Ketchikan, hop aboard the Aleutian Ballad and navigate through the tranquil, protected waterways of the Inside Passage with a seasoned fishing crew, and marvel at the variety of marine creatures caught in barrel pots and hauled up on deck. Touch some of the catch, take photos and listen to entertaining sea lore.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Alaskan fishing cruise from Ketchikan
  • Travel through the beautiful Inside Passage aboard the Aleutian Ballad
  • Watch the crew prepare long-line barrel pots and 700-pound king crab pots
  • See king crab, box crab, prawns, rockfish, eel, octopus and more as they’re hauled on deck
  • Look for other wildlife like whales, sea lions and eagles
  • Listen to amazing stories about life as a commercial fisherman in the wild waters of Alaska
  • Choose one of several departure times, from early morning to mid-afternoon

What You Can Expect

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan

Bering Sea Crab Fishing Expedition

Find out what life is like as a commercial fisherman in Alaska on this 3-hour Bering Sea fisherman's tour from Ketchikan. Step aboard the Aleutian Ballad, the 107-foot (33-meter) ocean-going vessel. Soak up the views from the open-air upper deck, or take a seat in the heated, enclosed amphitheater on the lower deck.

Your crew will ‘tie loose,’ push away from the dock and cruise through the waterways of the Inside Passage. Stay warm with a cup of provided hot chocolate, coffee or tea, and hear about the Aleutian Ballad’s history as a commercial fishing boat, including how it became famous on season two of Deadliest Catch, when the boat was struck by a 60-foot (18-meter) swell and survived to tell the tale. Ask them questions — the crew loves to share stories about life at sea!

En route, keep your eyes peeled for eagles, sea lions, whales and porpoises. Upon arrival at the fishing grounds, see firsthand how the crew bait the fishing gear with salmon and squid and toss the long-line barrel pots overboard. Then, watch in wonder as Bering Sea king crab is hauled up in 700-pound (320-kg) crab pots. Other sea creatures hauled on board include Dungeness crab, rockfish, ratfish, wolf eel, box crab, octopus, gray cod, prawn and more. 



The crew sorts through the catch, and places the fish and other marine life in a tank on the deck for your observation. Feel free to snap pictures and touch some of the catch before it is released back into the sea. Set voyage back to the dock after the crew has stowed all the fishing equipment.

Customer Reviews

BOB W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent experience. Fun and informative.

Heather T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Loved it. The guys were entertaining and informative. We also got a kick out of the hands-on part where we got to touch some different sea critters and take pictures. It was a really fun time.

Gerald S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip.Excellent info and the presenters did an outstanding job.we were lucky to have excellent weather. Having being able to sea all the eagles and crabs and the octopus.

Ruth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Enjoyed the trip, the stories and the catch. I was concerned about getting seasick, as I am very susceptible, but no problem at all.

Brian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Nice experience for us. I am into fishing and a fan of this boat! There were plenty of seats and heaters above. Plenty of time to experience and see all they had to offer. We took great pictures and the staff was friendly, they told great stories and gave opportunity to hold live crab, fish, and snails. The girls were friendly too. If you are a fisherman or woman you will enjoy it.

Jenifer D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2015

Disappointing. We saw a couple of eagles up in the trees, touched a king crab and held a snow crab. Lasted 2 1/2 hours, not worth the price!!

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