Fishing lodges in Alaska offer some of the best fishing in the world, which is why they are a dream fishing destination for many anglers. Whether you want to fly fish for rainbow trout in a mountain stream, catch your limit of salmon during a seasonal run, or head out to open waters to land a trophy halibut – you can do it all here. Here are our top 5 reasons to book all-inclusive fishing lodges in Alaska:
1. Fish are abundant in Alaska (and that’s an understatement)
There are so many species of fish live in Alaskan waters that appeal to anglers. You’ll find five species of salmon, including king (chinook), silver (coho), red (sockeye), pink, and chum salmon. Halibut, rockfish, arctic char, trout, northern pike, Dolly Varden, arctic grayling, burbot, and other fish species inhabit the ocean, lakes, and rivers.
While there are many fishing lodges in Alaska, the wilderness is vastly untouched, leaving millions of lakes and thousands of rivers free of crowds and full of fish. These Alaska fishing lodges offer all-inclusive fishing vacations, and access, to these productive waterways. It doesn’t matter what species of fish you’re after, or where you want to fish, you’ll find success fishing in Alaska.
2. Salmon fishing can be productive all season long
One of the most common sport fisheries offered by fishing lodges in Alaska is salmon fishing. Salmon are incredible eating fish, and with annual spawns to their natal spawning grounds, fishing for salmon can be fun and productive. You can find good salmon fishing at many fishing lodges in Alaska, depending on the time of year and the species of salmon you’re after. As mentioned, you can catch king (chinook), silver (coho), chum, pink, and red (sockeye) salmon here. You can fish for salmon on an ocean charter, in a river, and even in landlocked lakes.
The peak season for salmon fishing in Alaska is May through September. Fortunately, that time of year also lines up with the most agreeable weather! The five salmon species have peak times that conveniently spread out throughout this season.
King salmon fishing starts in May and peaks in June and July, but you can pull up a king salmon nearly any month of the year. Silver salmon arrives a little later in June but continues through November for late-season salmon fishing. Red salmon runs are the most productive from June to late July. From mid-July to mid-August, chum and pink salmon can be caught from fishing lodges in Alaska. All-inclusive trips that include more than one salmon species are also possible. Look for the species availability calendar on most lodge pages on our site.
Silver salmon run in dense populations in Western Alaska in August. The fishing is so good this time of year for silver salmon that you won’t believe how many you’ll catch until you’re experiencing it for yourself. If you’re booking fishing lodges in Alaska during the month of August, consider this region for a salmon fishing trip you’ll never forget!
3. You can catch enormous halibut on open water
If you’ve always dreamed of landing that gigantic trophy halibut, booking fishing lodges in Alaska can help make those dreams come true. Halibut weighing 100 to 150 pounds is not that uncommon. There is a reason these catches are called ‘barn door’ halibut. They are huge!
The best time to fish for halibut is in July and August, but you can still land halibut in the shoulder season. Not only do halibut make for incredible eating, but a saltwater fishing charter in Alaska is also something you’ll never forget. While you’re out there, you will probably catch other fish too, including lingcod and a wide variety of rockfish species.
4. Experience remote fishing vacations that are far from the crowds
Alaska is massive, rugged, and wild. There are so many options for both saltwater and freshwater fishing, and you can find a quiet and pristine fishing experience at one of many remote Alaska fishing lodges. All-inclusive fishing packages can include a fly-in fishing lodge experience. Some fly-in fishing lodges have a main lodge that acts as your basecamp, and then they’ll take you to multiple fly-in fishing locations from that base camp, on lakes and rivers that are not accessible by road. Fishing lodges in Alaska are pros when it comes to finding fish. If they think another river, lake, or part of the coastline will be more productive, fly-in lodges can take you there.
Picture yourself fly fishing for fat rainbow trout on the edge of a river, with nothing around you but mountains, forest, and pristine scenery. Or maybe you’re fishing on the ocean, tucked away in a calm inlet surrounded by fjords and towering glacier encrusted peaks. You might be on the shore of a lake, surrounded by dense forest with no one around for hundreds of miles. If this appeals to you, then an Alaskan fishing vacation is the best choice for you.
5. Alaska is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts
Fishing might be your favourite activities, but it doesn’t mean it will be the only thing you’ll experience during your fishing holiday. Fishing lodges in Alaska are committed to ensuring you have a well-rounded experience during your visit. If you’re interested, they can help you experience other outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, off-road adventures, glacier walks, snowmobiling in the winter, and wildlife viewing.
Alaska is home to several state parks, National Parks, and preserves that are dedicated to protecting this unique and pristine wilderness. Picture vibrant blue lakes and inlets, rushing rivers and bubbling streams, thick, lush forests, and some of the tallest mountains in North America. The scenery in Alaska is unmatched, and if you’re interested in experiencing raw wilderness, fishing vacations here are one of the best ways to do that.
If you’re interested in wildlife, get your camera ready. On saltwater fishing vacations, you can see sea lions, sea otters, humpback and orca whales, and a variety of migratory shorebirds. Look to the shores to see bears, moose, deer, and other animals and expect to catch a glimpse of these land animals during your inland fishing trip too.
Kodiak Island is the most popular spot for spotting brown bears. Fishing lodges on Kodiak Island offer freshwater fishing adventures and saltwater fishing for salmon and halibut. While you’re visiting, you might see the native Kodiak bear, mountain goats, elk, beavers, and even reindeer.
For more information about fishing lodges in Alaska, and why you should go, start exploring!