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


  • 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

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We'd do this again in a heartbeat! Highly recommend. Best opportunity to see lots of eagles up close! The crew are hilarious!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I'm one of those people that really does their homework when travelling, and I can truely say this was one of the most enjoyable, informative and funny tours I've ever done.....do your self a favour, and book this tour NOW!

Cheryl C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great time . Our hosts were so personable and informative. Great heartfelt personal stories as well as education about fishing in Alaska. No eagles today but we did see a whale. Lots of hands on interaction. It was so fun.

Terri K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We were glad that we walked to the dock and didn't wait for the pickup at the ship. Arriving early we were able to get seats that were completely out of the rain. Fun boat trip. Great eagle spotting and we learned alot about the crab industry. The fake trap was corny but informative. That is a very dangerous occupation and we are glad that the people care for each other.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Terry, Andy and Derek were very entertaining and informative. We saw bald eagles, along with the different types of crab. I had not been interested in going, but my husband wanted to go, and now I'm glad I did. I would recommend it to all.

Emily R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was incredible. Staff was personable, friendly, and very informative. Boat was awesome! They had a touch tank full of lots of sea creatures (sea stars, octopus, different crabs, shrimp,etc). Seriously- do this tour! I can and #39;t recommend it enough.

Steven M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An amazingly educational - fun excursion . The crew aboard the Aleutians Ballad were men who were able to communicate just how dangerously exciting fishing can be on a crab boat. Made us appreciate those guys who risk life and limb to provide us fresh fish. Best excursion-we and #39;re still reliving it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a very informative and entertaining tour. The staff on board were friendly and made sure we all had a great time. The surprise was the number of Bald Eagles we saw. The crabs and other sea life were very interesting as well. You could actually touch and hold a crab. The boat is very comfortable and no worries of rough seas.

Steven R USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a very interesting and fun experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent experience. Fun and informative.

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