Ketchikan, Alaska, weather has earned it the designation, in some circles, as North America's rainiest location, though some residents of nearby Washington State might beg to differ. Ketchikan's annual rainfall regularly surpasses 160 inches, with the greatest amount of rainfall occuring in fall, usually especially in October.  Visitors are advised to be all-weather prepared year-round. This means, bring a sweater a rain coat, comfortable shoes for damp weather (the locals mostly go about in rain boots year-round) and maybe one of those convenient, fold-up umbrellas that can easily be stuffed in a purse or backpack. 

Weather-wise, spring and summer are the best times to visit Ketchikan, as the weather is mildly comfortable, with less rainfall occurring in the spring. For the most part, Ketchikan enjoys mild summers, with temperatures averaging in th 50s, though reaching as high as the 80s on occasion. Overall, the climate experienced in Ketchikan (and southeastern Alaska in general) is cool and damp (definitely not the place to sunbathe).

Fishermen traveling to Ketchikan should know that prime fishing season is mid-May through mid-September for most species of fish. While popular prey like red snapper, cod, and halibut are available year-round, they are most plentiful from July to September, and crab and shrimp are always waiting to hitch a line. Here's a fishing directory for Ketchikan, unless you would prefer to catch a can of smoked pink salmon for the halibut.