Big Jim’s Charters has been a local favorite for over 20 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 from May 1 to October 1!

The boat is 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. He’ll 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’ Luhrs express cruiser boat, powered by two 330 HP Cummings engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots. The boat has a private head, all the safety equipment, as well as a radar, chart plotters, and electric downriggers.

Capt. Mike can pick you up 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 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. Capt. 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 bait, 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!

Fuel surcharge based on $4.00 per gallon, 10 gallons per hour per charter.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Salmon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 15
    $850
    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. The 5% sales tax applies to the amount of remaining balance on the day of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Halibut (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 15 - Sep 15
    $950
    This trip will use 2 hours of the time traveling to and from the Halibut holes located in the Southern area of Lynn Cannel. 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. The Halibut do not arrive in the Juneau area until June 15. This is not an exclusive charter. The 5% sales tax applies to the amount of remaining balance on the day of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Halibut AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 15 - Sep 15
    $950
    This trip will use 2 hours of the time traveling to and from the Halibut holes located in the Southern area of Lynn Cannel. 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. The Halibut do not arrive in the Juneau area until June 15. The 5% sales tax applies to the amount of remaining balance on the day of the trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Salmon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 15
    $1,200
    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. The 5% sales tax applies to the amount of remaining balance on the day of the trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Halibut
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 15 - Sep 15
    $1,350
    This trip will use 2 hours of the time traveling to and from the Halibut holes located in the Southern area of Lynn Cannel. 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. The Halibut do not arrive in the Juneau area until June 15. The 5% sales tax applies to the amount of remaining balance on the day of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Salmon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 15
    $1,500
    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. The 5% sales tax applies to the amount of remaining balance on the day of the trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Halibut
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 15 - Sep 15
    $1,700
    This trip will use 2 hours of the time traveling to and from the Halibut holes located in the Southern area of Lynn Cannel. 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. The Halibut do not arrive in the Juneau area until June 15. The 5% sales tax applies to the amount of remaining balance on the day of the trip.
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About the Captain

Mike Bonfils
Juneau, Alaska, United States
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66 Customer reviews
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Member since December 2016
Captain Mike is a avid sport fisherman, running a 30 foot Sport Fishing boat off the west coast of California to Cabo San Lucas from 1983 to 1990. In 1990 he purchased a 48 foot Yaughtfishing boat in Washington state with a 16 foot Salmon tow. He fished British Columbia Canada from 1990 to 2000 for Salmon and in 2000 purchased a 57 foot Motor yaught towing a 26 foot Sport fisher man for Salmon and Halibut. In 2005 started Alaka Adventure Charters in Juneau, Alaska providing week long fishing trips out of Juneau, Alaska, fishing for Salmon and Halibut. In 2006 took over Big Jim’s Charters opprrating a 26 foot Charter boat out of Auke Bay, Alaska. In 2015 purchased Hi Time Charters out of Auke Bay and now operate two boats, Hot Rod and Hi Time.

About this listing

Targeted species

Halibut Halibut
Rockfish Rockfish
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

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
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.5 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
94%
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Gary L.
Kansas City, MO
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Crew
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Top Notch

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Halibut on June 21, 2022
We went on all day halibut and salmon trip. Jim and Talon met us at dock right on time. Got great sea lion pictures on way...
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Everett H.
Weaverville, CA
Excellent
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6 hour May 25th

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Salmon Fishing on May 25, 2022
Really liked the trip. The boat was wonderful being enclosed. It was a graet weather day. Too early in the season for keeping...
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Ronald M.
Cumming, GA
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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SO MUCH FUN!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Halibut (PM) on August 26, 2022
We had a blast with the captain and deckhand Elliot ! I caught the biggest fish which was super exciting! They brought us donuts...
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JOYCE B.
Lenox, IA
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Halibut on July 4, 2022
Wonderful day on the water! Highly recommend this trip!
JOYCE B. recommends Big Jim’s Charters
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Bob H.
Hilton Head Island, SC
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Salmon Fishing on May 21, 2022
Captain, mate, and boat were very good.  Unfortunately, neither the salmon nor the rock fish were biting.  I would recommend...
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FAQs about Big Jim’s Charters

Big Jim’s Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $850 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Salmon Fishing (4 hours)
  • $950 per group, additional $160 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Halibut (PM) (4 hours)
  • $950 per group, additional $160 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Halibut AM) (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group, additional $175 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Salmon Fishing (6 hours)
  • $1,350 per group, additional $110 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Halibut (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group, additional $200 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Salmon Fishing (8 hours)
  • $1,700 per group, additional $300 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip – Halibut (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Jim’s Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Radar

Trips booked with Big Jim’s Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Lunch

Big Jim’s Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Big Jim’s Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Jim’s Charters include:
  • Halibut
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)