When you think of Salmon fishing you automatically think of the pristine waters of Alaska. Noted for its vast varieties, depending upon where you fish you are likely to catch one you’ll be bragging on for a lifetime. Millions of Salmon run up Alaska’s rivers every summer. Yes millions, and that is no exaggeration. Salmon fishing solo or booking a half-day or full-day charters, you’re somewhat guaranteed a catch.
Best Time to Go and Where
Salmon fishing season runs from May to August. Peak dates vary based on where you are. But no matter what area you choose, anglers are bound to catch their share of Alaska’s many varieties: King, Silver, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum. If you have a preference, and even if you don’t, it’s best to do some online research on the various areas, what will be running, and when? With so many Salmon swimming in Alaska’s waters, lots of areas claim to be the Salmon fishing capitals. Each of them is right, sort of, depending upon the month and how well acquainted you are with the waters. River or ocean Salmon fishing also makes the difference.
Hot Salmon Spots
- Anchorage. Local fishing is great and from here you can take a charter or fly-in trips with guides familiar with the hot fishing holes.
- Kenai River. The Kenai offers anglers all five Pacific Salmon species. The record 97-pound King was caught here in 1985. A two-hour trip from Anchorage to Cooper Landing puts you in one of the most desired Salmon fishing spots in the world.
- Seward. You’ll most likely do ocean charters from here—big boats, half and a full day of fishing.
- Homer. The town is noted for its year-round saltwater Salmon fishing. Fish on your own off the Spit, or sign onto a Salmon charter out on Kachemak Bay.
- Talkeetna. Like Kenai, the silty, glacial rivers here offer all five Salmon species. Though they’re not as big, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game statistics indicate you’ll catch twice as many fish in the same amount of time.
- Ketchikan. This is a prime spot for Salmon fishing in southeast Alaska. You have lakes, streams, and the Ketchikan Creek to choose from. Go solo, use charters, or stay in a fishing lodge. Fly in easily from Anchorage or Seattle.
- Sitka. Saltwater Salmon here are abundant just outside Sitka Sound. Fish often top 100 pounds, so you’ll have a lot to brag about. Memorial Day weekend the town hosts the Salmon Fishing Derby. Freshwater fishing also offers sockeye and silver varieties.
- Yakutat. Also located in the Southeast, the town boasts all five Salmon species. It’s a bit off-the-beaten-path, so plan to fly in.
A Word from Gone Fishing Lodge
Located on the Kenai River, our lodge is the perfect launching pad for some of the best Salmon fishing in Alaska. We offer a variety of fishing packages based on what you want to catch and how much you want to spend. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer all your questions.
Call or email today for more information.
Gone Fishing Lodge, 48672 Soldotna, AK 99669
Call: (877) 462-5752