Big Jim’s Charters

11957 Glacier Highway
Juneau AK, United States

Big Jim’s Charters has been a local favorite for 20 plus years in Juneau, Alaska, as these guys go the extra mile for everyone. They know the hot spots for Salmon and Halibut, and will work hard to provide a successful trip and an exciting experience. They operate May 1st to October 1st!

Big Jim’s Charters are operated by Captain Mike, who’s been fishing for over 30 years and is as passionate about it today as he was when he first started. His goal is not only to take you to where the fish are but to also teach you how to reel them in. This is exactly what sets him apart from most. Before each trip, Captain Mike will provide a brief but thorough tutorial on how to reel in, so you can start your journey feeling positive.

You will fish aboard a 35 foot Luhrs express cruiser boat, powered by two 330 HP Cummings engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots. The boat is equipped with a private head, all safety equipment as well as radar, chart plotters, and electric downriggers.

Big Jim’s Charters can pick you up or meet you at the Fisherman’s Bend Marina where you’ll start your nearshore and offshore adventure. When you fish for Salmon, you will slow troll, one rod per angler. And when fishing for Halibut, you will drift and jig off the bottom, also using one rod per angler. This way, everyone will get to fish and have a chance of catching themselves a nice dinner.

Once you return to the dock, your fish will be cleaned and filleted for dinner, and the rest can be beheaded and gutted. Captain Mike will recommend a processing plant that can store your fish until you are ready to have it sent to your home address.

All charters include sightseeing and whale watching while fishing, all baits and top of the line rods and reels. You will be able to buy your fishing license onboard. Pickup from cruise ships is available for $50 each way for up to 10 people, if some of your party want to spend the day in town while you catch huge fish!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Halibut
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Jun - 15 Sep
    US$ 1280
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 110
    each additional person
    This trip will use 2 hours of the time traveling to and from the Halibut holes located in the Southern area of Lynn Cannel. They show up mid-June and stay until September. Halibut regulations require that you only keep one fish less than 44 inches or over 80 inches. Once all fishermen have their one Halibut they want to keep, you will fish for Salmon or Rockfish. This charter is not available May 1 - June 15, as the Halibut do not arrive in the Juneau area until June 15.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Salmon Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 15 Sep
    US$ 1200
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    You'll search for Salmon on the East Side of Douglas Island, Stephens Passage, the North end, both sides of Shelter Island, the southern Lynn Cannel, and sides of Admiralty Island. You can expect two hours of trolling, and if you fish around Douglas Island, it should give you 3 hours of fishing. King Salmon are present May-June, Chum and Pink Salmon June-July, and the Silvers (Coho) July-October.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Halibut
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Jun - 15 Sep
    US$ 1080
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 110
    each additional person
    This trip will use 2 hours of the time traveling to and from the Halibut holes located in the Southern area of Lynn Cannel. They show up mid-June and stay until September. Halibut regulations require that you only keep one fish less than 44 inches or over 80 inches. Once all fishermen have their one Halibut they want to keep, you will fish for Salmon or Rockfish. This charter is not available May 1 - June 15, as the Halibut do not arrive in the Juneau area until June 15.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Salmon Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 15 Sep
    US$ 1000
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    This trip will take you in search of Salmon on the East Side of Douglas Island, the North end, Stephens Passage, both sides of Shelter Island, the southern Lynn Cannel, and sides of Admiralty Island. You can expect 3 hours of trolling, and if you fish around Douglas Island, it should give you 5 hours of fishing. King Salmon are present May-June, Chum and Pink Salmon June-July, and the Silvers (Coho) July-October.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Halibut (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Jun - 15 Sep
    US$ 880
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 160
    each additional person
    This trip will use 2 hours of the time traveling to and from the Halibut holes located in the Southern area of Lynn Cannel. They show up mid-June and stay until September. Halibut regulations require that you only keep one fish less than 44 inches or over 80 inches. Once all fishermen have their one Halibut they want to keep, you will fish for Salmon or Rockfish. This charter is not available May 1 - June 15, as the Halibut do not arrive in the Juneau area until June 15. This is not an exclusive charter.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Halibut AM)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Jun - 15 Sep
    US$ 880
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 160
    each additional person
    This trip will use 2 hours of the time traveling to and from the Halibut holes located in the Southern area of Lynn Cannel. They show up mid-June and stay until September. Halibut regulations require that you only keep one fish less than 44 inches or over 80 inches. Once all fishermen have their one Halibut they want to keep, you will fish for Salmon or Rockfish. This charter is not available May 1 - June 15, as the Halibut do not arrive in the Juneau area until June 15.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Salmon Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 15 Sep
    US$ 800
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    You'll search for Salmon on the East Side of Douglas Island, Stephens Passage, the North end, both sides of Shelter Island, the southern Lynn Cannel, and sides of Admiralty Island. You can expect two hours of trolling, and if you fish around Douglas Island, it should give you 3 hours of fishing. King Salmon are present May-June, Chum and Pink Salmon June-July, and the Silvers (Coho) July-October.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Halibut
Rockfish
Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Luhrs (Express cruiser) originally built in 2002. Powered by 2 330HP Cummings engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25.0 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 30 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

About the Captain

Mike Bonfils
Juneau, Alaska, United States
Member since December 2016
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Captain Mike took over Big Jim's Charters from Jim Preston in 2006, as owner and captain offering day trips out of Auke Bay. Before that, Captain Mike helmed and operated a variety of vessels, including the 60' Alaskan Star, cruising and fishing around South East Alaska. Captain Mike has been working on fishing charters for over 30 years. He spends his winters down in Los Barriles, Mexico, fishing for Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, and Yellowtail.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.43
out of 5 stars from 7 reviews
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July fishing trip
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Good experience
83%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
86%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Dr. Miguel Montilla
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 5.00
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Met my expectations

VERIFIED   August 17, 2018
The charter was for our 5 year old grandson who loves to fish. We were picked up at the dock on time and the boat was excellent...
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Anselm Staack
New York, NY
 5.00
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Six hour Trip, Juneau, June 11th

VERIFIED   June 11, 2018
I booked this trip for a brother in-law who is an avid fisherman.  Myself I don’t fish much.  He went on his...
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David Vanderslice
Garland, TX
 4.67
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 27, 2018
Would have all been 5 stars but deckhand didn’t show. Capt. David was very helpful and put us on some good halibut. Boat...
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Michael Robichau
Round Rock, TX
 5.00
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Fishing with Mike

VERIFIED   July 4, 2018
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Kenneth Lee
Anchorage, AK
 2.33
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Two fishermen added to our charter without consent.

VERIFIED   July 5, 2018
Three of us charter this boat so we can get good fishing room and avoid tangle lines.  Just one day before fishing day...
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