Planning Your Alaska Fishing Trip
Alaska, the last frontier, the land of the midnight sun, whatever you want to call it, people from all over the world flock to the great state of Alaska for a variety of reasons. Whether those reasons are wildlife viewing, oilfield work, geology study, hiking or just to take in the sights, Alaska is vast and overwhelming and needs to be approached as such. Aside from all the activities mentioned, fishing brings in more people to the state of Alaska than anything else. And with the abundance of fishing, planning your trip ahead of time will help maximize your time on the water.
First things first. What type of fishing are you planning on doing? There’s deep water fishing for halibut, lingcod, rockfish and more, but there are also great places to fish small creeks and rivers for rainbow trout, dolly varden and more. You also have opportunities to fish remote areas for trophy grayling or hit the world famous Kenai River for trophy king salmon or to fill your freezer full of that red gold, I’m talking about sockeye salmon. Heck, there’s even ice fishing excursions for trophy northern pike and lake trout if you’re up for enduring the short days and cold weather. So that’s your first step, figuring out what you want to fish for and how. And remember, a lot of the fishing in Alaska is season dependent; especially if you want to get in on the salmon runs.
Once you figure out your target species, consider your location within the state that you would like to visit. Most fishing takes place at the coastal or near coastal level since the salmon population are sea faring species. They need to be able to access the ocean and of course, that’s where all the deep water dwellers reside, so be sure to take location very carefully into your consideration. Interior Alaska however provides remote streams and rivers for beautiful rainbow trout and lakes for large lake trout and northern pike. You may want to choose an area that provides the best of both worlds, which leads me into my next topic: lodging.
Lodging may be the single most important aspect when planning your Alaskan fishing trip. Lodging not only provides you with a place to sleep, but lodging in Alaska often wraps up fishing packages as well. Some even have their own boats and guides as well as float planes to get you to those remote spots up in the hills. Check places like Ketchikan or the Kenai Peninsula and you may find that remote fishing, deep sea fishing and salmon fishing all in one beautifully wrapped package. Some lodges may even clean, seal and store your fish for the duration of your stay and may even cook up your fresh catch for you to enjoy!
Start with these few tips and your Alaskan fishing trip will sure to be one of the most memorable and tasty experiences ever! FISH ON!