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8 Reasons to Fish in May and June

  1. Hook It and Cook It – This is your last chance to experience Ludger Szamania, executive chef and fish cook extraordinaire. Come for the great May king fishing, gourmet dining, and detailed instruction on how to prepare meals that will dazzle your family and friends with your take-home catch.
  2. Wilderness experience – The waters around Sitka are a saltwater wilderness all season, but the lighter fishing pressure in May along with excellent catch rates make this a special time to enjoy a bit more solitude while catching abundant kings, halibut, rockfish, and lings.
  3. White kings – Our catch of these uniquely rich king salmon is highest during the early season.
  4. Regulations – King salmon regulations are most liberal in May and June.
  5. Blackcod – The offshore grounds produce some of the best blackcod catches of the season. If you haven’t experienced fresh-caught blackcod, you’re in for a rare treat.
  6. Scenery – Snow-covered mountains nearly down to the saltwater give the area a uniquely “alpine” look in May. More than once the snowcapped beauty in May has prompted the question “What’s the altitude here?”
  7. Wildlife – The whales return by May, the albatross and shearwaters abound offshore, and the sea otters raft up inshore. You’ll experience an eco-tour each day of fishing.
  8. Because you can – If a long fishless winter has you champing at the bit, you can break out of the gate first in May. Why wait? Visit for great king fishing, the best king regulations, plus halibut, rockfish, lingcod, blackcod, and whatever else bites.

Available Dates


The data from this winter’s commercial king season off Sitka shows record harvests. Big numbers of kings in the winter correlate with high levels of spring and summer abundance. AU has prime king salmon dates in the second half of May and the beginning of June. We also have excellent dates scattered throughout the season and early September – prime times for jumbo hooknose silvers.

May 25 to 29, 2024
Fish May 26-27-28
Solo or double spot open

June 21 to 25, 2024
Fish June 22-23-24 1 boat

July 3 to 7, 2024
Fish JULY 4-5-6 1 boat

July 13 to 17, 2024
Fish July 14-15-16 double spot open

Other options:

May 18 to 22, 2024
fish 19-20-21 full boats

May 22 to 26, 2024
Fish May 23-24-25 full boats

May 25 to 29, 2024
Fish May 26-27-28 full boat

May 29 to June 2
May 30, 31, June 1 2 spot open

Sept. 2 to 6, 2024
Fish Sept. 3-4-5 full boat

Sept. 5 to 9, 2024
Fish Sept. 6-7-8 full boats

Sept. 8 to 12, 2024
Fish Sept. 9-10-11
Full boats

Purple Reign

AU’s new North River continues to make its way through production. She’s roomy (32’ x10’), has the most advanced electronics from Garmin, and all the creature comforts to keep you warm, dry, and safe on the water.

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