King Salmon Fishing Alaska
Everybody has seen the National Geographic pictures of the rivers colored red with thousands of salmon working their way up to spawn. Alaska is home to some of the largest salmon runs in the world which makes river fishing great for fisherman, as well as wildlife like bears and eagles.
The trophy fish of Alaska is the King Salmon. The King salmon is the largest of the salmon species and provides one of the most thrilling fights for a fisherman. The kings are also the hardest fish to catch. King season runs from June to July. A good day of fishing for kings is typically two to three fish for a group of four on a full day trip. Although your doing well to catch a few, the fight you get from hooking into a king is worth it.
To catch these kings, a trolling method is used with salmon roe or lures as bait.
If your looking for a trip that’s relaxing and suitable for all skill levels, the King Salmon river trip is the trip for you. The Kenai River is the most famous river to fish for kings in the world. The Kenai River has the world record King Salmon caught by rod and reel at 97 pounds 4 ounces. When fishing the Kenai, it is not uncommon to catch a 40 to 60 pounder. Another great river to fish for Kings is about 15 miles south of the Kenai River, on a smaller glacier fed river called the Kasilof River. The Kasilof gets good numbers and size of Kings that run up into the tributary. The Kasilof is a nice river to fish because it is restricted as a drift boat only river. Motor use is not allowed when fishing. When fishing the Kasilof, is not uncommon to only see three to four other boats throughout the whole trip. I like to think of the Kasilof River as one of Alaska’s hidden gems.
Sockeye Salmon Fishing
For Sockeye Salmon, you use fly-fishing gear and wade shin deep off the bank. When Sockeye are biting well, you can catch a limit of fish in no time! The best time to go Sockeye fishing is late June through early August. If your looking for a fishing trip that allows you to walk around and keep moving and casting, the Sockeye trip is the trip for you. The Kenai and Kasilof River are popular places to target this species, but another option is taking a fly-out trip.
Fly-out trips are a great experience!
I recommend trying this to everyone visiting Alaska. In a fly-out trip, you get to hop on a float plane, fly through the mountains of Alaska to a remote body of water and then fish for Sockeye or Silver Salmon. Fly-out trips also provide a great opportunity to see bears while you fish from the boat… if that’s your cup of tea. One of the most popular destinations for a fly-out trip is Wolverine Creek.
Silver Salmon run up the rivers is August. popular destinations are flyout rivers, Kenai, and Kasilof River. Silver Salmon are fun to catch as the style of fishing is a mix between King and Sockeye Salmon. These fish have a lot of energy and are always jumping out of the water throughout the fight.
Halibut Fishing Alaska
If you like to eat fish, there is nothing better than fresh Alaskan Halibut.
Remember to ask for the cheeks when getting your fish dressed.
Halibut fishing is like pulling up a barn door from the ocean floor. When reeling in a Halibut, it’s a lot of work, and these fish can get to be upwards of 300 pounds. That being said, I would say a the average fish on a charter would be a 40 to 50 pound fish.
Homer Alaska is the “Halibut Capital of the World” making it one of the more popular places to go out of for a Halibut trip. Homer is a beautiful town that has other attractions as well. Some big advantages of taking a trip out of Homer is that the waters are usually calmer and the boats will typically be larger.
Seward is another great option when looking to book your trip. If you’re looking for a combo trip, Seward trips give a great opportunity to target Salmon, Rockfish, and Halibut on the same trip. Seward also has a lot of wildlife and glaciers making it a top destination in Alaska. The only downside to taking a trip out of Seward is the fact that the waters can get a bit rough out there. Packing Dramamine is certainly recommended… just in case!
Another wonderful location to target Halibut in Alaska is Deep Creek in Ninilchik. It is a great location to book a trip if you are looking for a more personal experience. The trips out of Deep Creek are from 6-Pac boats, meaning that they only carry 5 customers. If you are booking as a family as a group, this is a great option to get a more personal and customized experience.
Trout Fishing Alaska
Alaska offers some of the biggest Rainbow trout and Dolly Vardens in the world! With the Salmon coming into the streams every year to spawn, the Trout will feed on egg patterns and flesh flies. The best time to fish for trout is August and September. I would recommend fishing either the Kenai River or take a fly-out trip to an off the grid stream.
With so many options, fishing Alaska should be on the list of avid anglers everywhere. Don’t just take my word for it though, book a trip today and see all the beautiful country has to offer!