Fishing in Alaska will leave you an indelible memory or, more likely, many memories. The biggest problem with fishing Alaska is choice – there are too many excellent fishing locations and not enough hours in the day. There is extraordinary coastal fishing, but do not overlook the thousands of exquisite Alaskan rivers and millions of lakes that provide year round fishing.
Alaska is hands down the best salmon fishing America can offer. Alaska has a variety of salmon, including King, pink, red, and chum. Though for most the image of standing knee-deep in water while they shoot past you against a mountainous landscape is more than enough, Alaska also has some of the best saltwater salmon fishing. Trolling along for salmon, especially silver salmon in Alaskan waters during summer, can be an equally exhilarating experience that may become the highlight of your trip.
The most popular is the King salmon. If you visit Alaska, you must fish for these gorgeous creatures. Deep Creek and Anchor River are some amazing spawning grounds. Remember, King salmon fishermen need an extra stamp on their license.
Trout fishing is ever popular, and comes in at a close second to Alaska’s salmon fishing. Rainbow and steelhead have a longer run then salmon, which can only spawn once before dying, so if you want longevity plan for trout. Trout provide excellent freshwater and saltwater fly fishing in Alaska. The Kenai River is a favorite, along with the Swanson River, and Watson Lake.
Steelheads can grow to huge sizes and they are some of the state’s best fighters – A steelhead will make its presence on your line known! They can be found in the Gulf of Alaska and around the Alaskan peninsula. No wonder sport fishing is a multi-billion dollar economy in Alaska!
Alaska is also home to the bright spotted Dolly Varden trout. They can be found around Kodiak Island, in the Mackenzie River, or Wulik River. The aforementioned Wulik River is the proud record holder of Dolly Varden Trout which weighed in at over twenty-seven pounds.
The Kenai River is popular in Alaska. The Kenai River is home to Dolly Varden, steelhead, cutthroat trout, pink and chum salmon. For trophy sized salmon it is difficult to go wrong during the red or King salmon runs.
If you do visit Alaska, you will want to fish for halibut as well. A native of these cold waters, halibut can grow to be hundreds of pounds. For summer halibut stay a little more inland in Bristol Bay, but in the winter head far out into open waters. Unalaska Bay took the state halibut record with a fish weighing over four-hundred and fifty pounds.
A lesser known sport fish of Alaska, the ling cod, is worth putting a day aside for. These lengthy fish can appear near shore and out in the open ocean. Monty Island was honored with the state ling cod record that surpassed eighty pounds. You can also try Elfin Cove for sizable ling cod.
With an abundance of rivers it is no surprise that Alaska is a premiere fly fishing destination, too. Trout and salmon are the primary fly fishing targets, although grayling make excellent fly fishing targets as well.
If you can afford to hire someone to take you into the wilderness you may create the memory of a lifetime fly fishing where no man has before. Alaska presents a unique opportunity to travel via helicopter into vast uninhabited areas where few fishermen go. If planning to head into a more rugged environment it is best to charter a boat led by an experienced person to guide you and ensure your safety (from the landscape and wildlife). With the state’s year round monitoring you can go online to find the most up to date information, regulations, and hot spots.
You can buy a fishing license at vendors throughout the state, in Alaska’s Fish and Game offices, by mail, or online. If you are sixteen or older you will need a license. Residents and non-residents may apply for annual licenses. Non-residents have the option of one, three, seven, and fourteen day licenses. Resident seniors, non-resident military, and low income residents may be eligible for low cost licenses. Residents are defined as persons who have been domiciled in Alaska for twelve months and claim residency nowhere else.
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Abercrombie Lake, just 3 miles from Kodiak, Alaska, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Abercrombie Lake include Ouzinkie and Port Lions. If Abercrombie Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Pillar Creek, Monashka Creek, Virginia Creek, Buskin River, Bear Creek, Devils Creek, Red Cloud River, Small Creek, Sargent Creek and Russian Creek.
Closest Cities : Kodiak 3miles, Ouzinkie 7miles, Port Lions 18miles, Old Harbor 56miles
Abraham Lake is located in Alaska, United States Of America. There are only small settlements near this lake. If Abraham Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Meadow Creek, West Fork the Forks, East Fork the Forks, West Fork of the Forks, Alfred Creek, Mail Slough, The Forks, Pat Creek, Alfred Creek and Rogers Creek.
Located around 49 miles from Fort Yukon, Alaska Abraham Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. There are only small settlements near this lake. If Abraham Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Big Creek, Jefferson Creek, Flat Creek, West Fork Flat Creek, East Fork Flat Creek, Fish Creek, Jack Uheen Slough, Lower Mouth Birch Creek, Lower Birch Creek Slough and Fish Slough.
Located around 31 miles from Gustavus, Alaska Abyss Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Abyss Lake include Pelican. If Abyss Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Wood Creek, Dixon River, Favorite Creek, Annoksek Creek, Dundas River, Kaknau Creek, Fox Creek, York Creek, Bartlett River and Wolf Creek.
Closest Cities : Gustavus 31miles, Pelican 40miles, Hoonah 51miles
Ace Lake, just 8 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Ace Lake include North Pole and Nenana. If Ace Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Ace Creek, Saint Patrick Creek, Ester Creek, Happy Creek, Eva Creek, Cripple Creek, O'Connor Creek, Ready Bullion Creek, Deadman Slough and Little Dome Creek.
Closest Cities : Fairbanks 8miles, North Pole 18miles, Nenana 40miles, Anderson 52miles