Planning a Fishing Trip to Alaska: 4 Points to Consider

Alaska is a mecca for fishing enthusiasts. There are plenty of reasons to fish in Alaska: the spectacular scenery, the pristine waters teeming with wildlife and fish, and the friendly people who live there. But setting up a trip to Alaska can take time and effort.

Preparing for Your Trip

When planning for a fishing trip in Alaska, you should consider four main things before going:

  1. The Type of Fishing You Want to Do. First, what kind of fishing do you want to do? Are you looking for something relaxing and quiet? Or are you looking for a more active adventure? The type of fishing you’re interested in will have a bearing on where you should go and what kind of equipment you will need. For example, if you’re looking for a laid-back trip, try the Kenai River when the salmon are running in June.
  2. The Types of Fish You Want to Catch. You may want to focus on catching particular types of fish. If so, you will need to find a place with good populations of those species. In Alaska, several species of salmon and trout are popular among anglers. You can also try your hand at catching halibut or other types of bottom fish with the right kind of equipment.
  3. The Gear You’ll Need to Bring. Some Alaska fishing lodges, such as Gone Fishin’ Lodge in Soldotna, Alaska, offer basic fishing gear like bait, rods, and reels included in their fishing packages. There is, however, certain equipment and gear you’ll need to plan on bringing. These include:
  • Rain gear
  • Layer clothing, such as a heavy jacket, wool shirts, thermal underwear, and sweatshirts
  • Casual/comfortable wear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm hat
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  1. Lodging Accommodations. You can choose from campgrounds, hotels, resorts, and cabins to stay at during your fishing trip to Alaska. However, many fishing travelers choose to stay at fishing lodges because they offer a unique experience that can’t be found at other accommodations. Many lodges are located near some of Alaska’s best salmon streams and lakes, so you don’t have to go far when it comes time for action.

The Perfect Lodge for You

At Gone Fishin’ Lodge on the Kenai River, our experienced guides know exactly where to find the perfect spots to catch fish and how best to reach them. We also provide opportunities to visit some of the best fishing spots via shuttle rides, boat trips, and plane trips.

Our guest rooms are equipped with kitchenettes, and we have a large freezer room on site for storing your catch. Our housekeeping staff will ensure that your room is cleaned while you’re out exploring. We also have a fun social area with a pool table and a fully-equipped kitchen—a great place for socializing.

Contact us by phone at (877) 462-5752, one of our owners’ email addresses below, or on our online contact form to learn more about our accommodations and halibut fishing packages.

We can’t wait to help you plan your trip!

Gone Fishin’ Lodge

48672 Funny River Rd.

Soldotna, AK 99669

(877) 462-5752

Email: or