Fishing In Alaska

Alaska offers a wide variety of adventures; bear viewing, wildlife viewing, the famous crab boats, and moose hunting, just to name a few. Many of Alaska's adventures take place in very remote areas. Choosing to reach these remote areas by fly-in fishing is a common practice amongst anglers. Flying in on a boat plan, and being miles away from the nearest civilization is a fishing experience of a lifetime.

Alaskan fishing trips are dreamed about by many anglers in the lower 48 states. Salmon is the most famous of the Alaska fish species. Salmon can live up to 8 years old, and the female salmon is referred to as a hen. With all the fish you will catch in Alaska, many places in Alaska provide processing and packaging of your catch for the travels back home.

When people think about Alaska and fishing, they often think of the Bering Sea, the bitter cold, and crab traps. However, fishing in Alaska can be an excellent time for the family or for the most avid and experienced angler. Those iconic crab boats have some great captains, but the state is filled with some of the best fishing captains in the country. In fact, they are some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable captains you will meet.
  • Best Fishing in Alaska

    Homer Fishing

    • Head to the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World"! Large tournaments are held here for both King Salmon and Halibut. Did you know that Halibut can weigh over 400 lbs? In this area of Alaska, the daily limit is two fish per day per angler.
    • Homer is located on the Kenai Peninsula. The locations you choose to book a fishing guide in and around Homer will usually predict the kind of fish you catch. Halibut Cove Lagoon, Wosnesenski River Trail, and Caribou Lake are some popular destinations.

    Bristol Bay Fishing

    • The United States' most productive salmon habitat and located in Southwest Alaska Bristol Bay is an authentic fishing utopia. Bristol Bay borders the famed Bering Sea.
    • For those looking at Alaska fishing trips, the Bristol Bay area provides some great results. Many anglers have luck catching Silver Salmon off of the Nushagak River. Salmon Fishing is an exciting experience, primarily just before they spawn. Interesting fact: This area is home to the world's largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery, and this area provides around 40 percent of America's seafood.

    Kvichak River Fishing

    • A trophy Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden river that flows into the Kvichak Bay. If you're wanting to go trout fishing, you can book a trip year-round with high success rates. The river is located about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. For non-natives, around June is when the ice starts to melt.
    • Like many places in Alaska, your experience can vary based on the season and which fish are running the river, which are staging, and which have migrated someplace else. We recommend June through September for the best weather and fishing combination.

    Anchorage Fishing

    • Anchorage is a large city and made our list due to the proximity to some great, easily accessible full-day fishing trips. Sometimes it's not about getting miles and miles away, but enjoying a quick escape from the daily grind. Some places to check out are Ship Creek, one of the dozen anchorage lakes, Campbell Creek, and Bird Creek.

    Denali Fishing

    • Fishing inside Denali Park is scarce. Fishing charters and fishing guides are available near the park and will target species like Rainbows and Arctic Grayling. The more you travel north, the better fishing for Arctic Grayling gets.
    • Some Guides in this area offer adventures for helicopter transport for fly fishing, scenic float trips, hikes, and even custom fishing trips to meet your needs. If this sounds completely new, don't worry; guides are fantastic at teaching those new to the fishing technique and the area.

    Ketchikan Fishing

    • Guided fishing trips in Ketchikan Alaska usually target Pacific Salmon, Chinook, Coho Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, and the occasional Sockeye Salmon. Fishing in Alaska reveals some of the countries most beautiful scenery and all while catching some of the best food you can find.
    • This area experiences heavy precipitation, so it's filled with streams, and most of the domain is not permitted for the open public. With this in mind, we recommend finding a guide who knows how to access its honey holes.

    Other fishing spots

    • Kenai River
  • License and Regulations

    Partaking in Alaskan fishing adventures require ethical and legal practices to protect its magnificent beauty and incredible wildlife. The basics are residents 18 and older, and non-residents 16 and older must buy and possess an Alaska Sport Fishing License. King Salmon requires a King Salmon stamp. Like most states, these licenses and stamps can be purchased online or at one of the many sporting good stores.

    Non-resident One-Day Sport Fishing License will cost $25. Non-resident 3-Day Sport Fishing License costs $45. Weeklong and annual licenses can be purchased as well. King Salmon Stamps for non-residents is $15 and for three days costs $30. Resident Annual Sport Fishing License costs $29. Annual King Salmon Stamps for residents are $10.

    Many areas and species have different harvest limits and regulations, so it's essential to consult with your fishing guide and the local fish and game authorities.

Fishing Calendar for the Best Times to Fish in Alaska


Where: Prince William Sound - Upper

Species: Burbot


Where: Kenai Peninsula

Species: Lake Trout


Where: Kenai Peninsula

Species: Arctic Char


Where: Southeast Alaska

Species: King Salmon


Where: Anchorage

Species: Lake Trout


Where: Bristol Bay

Species: Sockeye Salmon


Where: The Kenai River

Species: Halibut


Where: Kasilof Rivers

Species: Ocean Silvers


Where: Fly Fishing The Kenai Peninsula

Species: Rainbow Trout


Where: Tanana River

Species: Coho Salmon


Where: Southeast

Species: King Crab


Where: Susitna Drainage

Species: Burbot


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