more than 20 species of sports fish found in Alaska it is
no wonder that so many people plan their fishing vacations
in this beautiful state. Whether fly-fishing, deep-sea fishing
or trolling is your specialty, Alaska has what you’re
looking for. Lodging, geared toward the fishing vacation,
is plentiful throughout Alaska’s greater fishing locations.
A fishing trip to Alaska is unlike any fishing trip anywhere.
The fish are enormous and abundant in Alaska. Even a fishing
novice will bring home more than a fish tale, especially if
they hire a seasoned guide to come along on the trip. Many
of the Alaska fishing lodges offer tour packages that include
a guide that is guaranteed to know where the fish are biting.
With so many types of fish in the region and even more places
to stay, first time Alaska fishing trip vacationers have an
array of choices; while returning fishermen can plan a different
fishing trip every year!
wanting to do some salt water fishing should contact fishing
lodges located on the South Central coastline or in the Southeastern
part of the state, which is known as the Alaska Panhandle.
the panhandle the marine life is kept fat and healthy by the
warmer Pacific currents. The Pacific tides not only bring
food to the fish and other sea life, but it also creates a
more hospitable environment for the fish…and for humans
too. Cities found along the panhandle include Ketchikan, Petersburg,
Prince of Wales Island and Wrangell. There are several Alaska
fishing lodges located in the southeast/panhandle as well
as fishing tour and charter companies. Visitors to the area
will be treated to an incredible fishing vacation as well
as an opportunity to see other wildlife common to the Alaska
South Central Alaskan coast offers numerous Alaska fishing
lodges to choose from. The coast line is known as the Gulf
of Alaska. Fishing in the Gulf is exciting and challenging
making it favorite spot of vacationers who come to fish in
Alaska. Anyone who likes to fly-fish should look into the
fishing lodges in the Lake Hood area. There are several charters
that can take visitors to remote spots that are perfect for
fly-fishing. The scenery in this part of Alaska is outstanding
and offers those fishing the gulf a chance to see some of
the most beautiful country in the world. When taking a break
from fishing visitors should take a tour to the Columbia Glacier.
Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Cordova and Whittier are just a
few of the many cities found along the Alaskan Gulf.
Interior is an anglers dream. The many fresh water steams,
rivers and lakes found in inland Alaska are brimming with
grayling, pike and lake trout. The water ways are filled by
several glacial drainages. Some of the lakes to consider when
planning a fishing vacation to the Alaskan Interior are Harding,
Chena and Birch. These lake regions are peppered with fantastic
fishing lodges and tour charters. Several of the fishing lodges
found in the Alaskan Interior can only be reached by airplane.
Inland Alaska offers fishing vacationers a chance to experience
fishing in true nature. The largest of the cities found in
the Alaska Interior is Fairbanks, which can be reached by
air, train and car and is a good jumping off location for
Alaskan Interior trips.
popular salt and fresh water fish found in the Alaskan waters
This amazing flatfish can grow to more than eight-feet
long and has been known to weigh as much as 800 pounds.
The Pacific Halibut has surprisingly few bones for a fish
that can grow to such an immense size. This white fish
is a favorite catch due to its ease and diversity in preparation.
Pacific Halibut can be baked, broiled, fried, poached
or even cooked outdoors on a BBQ. The Pacific Halibut
has a delicate, less fishy taste and does not need much
The Silver Salmon is one of the smaller members of the
salmon family growing to approximately three-feet in length.
They begin and end their lives in fresh water and are
usually the fish seen swimming up stream in nature programs.
These fish are the favorite of those who enjoy fly-fishing
or trolling. However, the brown bear typically catch Silver
Salmon by hand.
The Pink Salmon also known as the humpy or humpback salmon
are the smallest of the salmon species. The humpback average
only three to five pounds and are generally around 24-inches
in length. The record for the largest Pink Salmon caught
in Alaska weighed in at 12-pounds, nine ounces.
King Salmon also known as Chinook are the largest of Alaska
freshwater fish. However, some King Salmon have been known
to venture into seawater. These giants have been known
to weigh as much as 97-pounds! The King Salmon is one
of the most sought after fish by vacationers to Alaska.
Dolly Varden are colorful fish and a member of the salmon
family. They have a large hooked jaw which is more pronounced
on the male fish. While they spend up to sixteen years
at sea, the best place to catch a Dolly is at one the
many lakes in the Alaska Interior.
The Alaskan Interior is home to the Lake Trout. Some of
the Lake Trout caught in Alaskan waters have been known
to weigh as much as 47-pounds! These cold loving fish
dwell deep in the glacial filled lakes. Springtime requires
a boat to catch one of these lake giants. Later in the
summer anglers have been known to hook a Lake Trout or
two from a lake shore or stream. However, those willing
to brave the cold and do some ice-fishing will undoubtedly
catch their fill of Lake Trout.
Who has ever heard of a Rainbow Trout weighing more than
30-pounds? It may seem unreal, but in the Alaska Interior
this is a common occurrence. These super-sized trout can
also be found swimming in the waters near Kodiak Island
or down in the Southeastern region of Alaska.
Although the Artic Grayling is among the smallest sports
fish living in the Alaskan waters, it is among the most
popular fish to catch. This is due to its funny appearance
and wonderful flavor.