Alaska Fishing Information

fishing-in-alaskaAlaska offers fishing at it’s best! Alaska’s coasts and the inside passage boast strong runs of several species of salmon. Catching King salmonweighing over 50 pounds is normal. In addition to salmon, Alaskan waters are also habitat for halibut, cod, red snapper, sea bass, and other varieties of delectable fish. Besides its saltwater fish, grayling, northern pike and several varieties of trout are easy to catch in inland streams and lakes. Book the package that suits you best at one of our fishing lodges to fish amidst picturesque scenery with the best guides. Our transportation page contains more information about traveling to and from our incredible Alaska fishing lodges.

Known as the panhandle, Southeast Alaska is home to breathtaking scenery such as glaciers, deep fjords, crystal-clear waters and rushing mountain streams. In addition to picturesque landscapes in the Tongass National Forest, Katmai National Park and Misty Fjords National Monument, this corner of Northwest Alaska offers some of the best fishing in the world, as well as charming, historic towns such as Ketchikan and Whitehorse. In the summer, southeast Alaska boasts strong runs of five species of Pacific salmon. Halibut, sea bass, red snapper, cod and other varieties of bottom fish also inhabit the waters of Alaska’s inside passage. Additionally, the waters of the region’s inland lakes and streams are home to several species of trout, as well as steelhead, grayling, and other freshwater fish. Southeast Alaska summers are cool and moist, while winters are cooler and snowy, but warmer than other regions of Alaska. 

Species:

Southeast Alaska is an angler’s paradise with the variety of fish available to catch. Its surrounding waters are home to five species of Pacific salmon (pink, silver, sockeye, chum and king) as well as halibut, cod, red snapper, sea bass and other varieties of delectable bottom fish. In the region’s freshwater, its streams and lakes, anglers will have a chance to land several species of trout as well as steelhead and grayling.

BEST SALTWATER FISHING TIMES in southern Southeast Alaska (ADF&G data)
SpeciesAvailabilityPeak
year roundMay thru mid July
Sockeye salmon
June thru AugustJune thru August
Coho salmon
June thru mid Octobermid July thru September
June thru AugustJuly thru mid-August
Chum salmon
June thru mid Septembermid-July thru August
year roundJune thru mid-July
Cutthroat trout
May thru SeptemberJune
February thru Decembermid-June thru mid-September
Rockfish
mid-January thru DecemberJune thru mid-September
Lingcod
year roundyear round
BEST FRESH WATER FISHING TIMES in southern Southeast Alaska (ADF&G data)
SpeciesAvailabilityPeak
King salmon
mid-May thru August
mid-June thru mid-August
Sockeye salmon
June thru August
July thru August
Coho salmon
mid-June thru mid-November
mid-August thru September
Pink salmon
July thru mid-October
mid-July thru September
Chum salmon
July thru October
August
Dolly Varden
year round
July thru October
Steelhead trout
year round except July
April, May, Nov. & Dec.
Rainbow trout
year round
May and June
Cutthroat trout
year round
May and June
Brook trout
year round
July thru September
Grayling
year round
year round
Kokanee
year round
May, Jun, Oct. & Nov.

 

Geography:

The Ketchikan, Alaska area landscape consists of islands surrounded by arms of the Pacific Ocean as well as a portion of the mainland that deep fjords have cut. Heavily forested with thick underbrush, Ketchikan and its environs receive extensive annual precipitation. In addition to lush vegetation, the area is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including whales, seals and sea lions in its saltwater and river otters, deer and mink on the shore.