Anchorage, Seward, Cooper Landing, Soldotna, Homer, Kodiak
Day 1 Anchorage
If you think you have to travel far to fish Alaska’s waters, think again! Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage is one of the most unique fishing spots around, simply for its convenience. Collect your luggage, rent a car and drive ten minutes to the popular fishing spot in the midst of urban Anchorage. Several downtown outfitters will supply you with a rental rod and reel for as little as $5 to $10 a day. Cast a line for king salmon before heading south to the Kenai Peninsula.
Day 2 Seward
Just over two and a half hours south of Anchorage on the scenic Seward Highway is the port community of Seward. Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, a hot spot for viewing wildlife like humpback and orca whales, sea lions, otters, puffins and more. Charter a boat from the busy small boat harbor to fish for trophy halibut. Spend time at the Alaska SeaLife Center learning about the area’s sea creatures, or hike out to Exit Glacier with your camera for a scenic photo opp.
Day 3 Soldotna
From Seward, head back north and connect with the westbound Sterling Highway. In two hours, you’ll reach the town of Soldotna. On the way, stop in at Cooper Landing, an outpost at the beginning of the world-famous Kenai River. Cooper Landing is a popular pullout for scenic float trips and offers excellent guided fishing trips, hiking and horseback riding. Follow the river south to Soldotna and charter a guided fishing tour on the river to catch some of the largest king salmon in the world. Soldotna also offers a number of boardwalks and public fish walks to give anglers easier access to bank fishing. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge nearby offers family-friendly attractions and displays on the life cycles of salmon.
Day 4 Homer
From Soldotna, drive another hour or so to your last stop in Homer, located at the end of the Sterling Highway – and the western terminus of the U.S. road system. Homer is one of the premier halibut fishing destinations in the state. The eclectic port community is off the cruise circuit and a popular destination for independent travelers and fishermen. It’s also the gateway to the 350,000-acre Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park. Try netting a record-breaking halibut from a fishing charter in Kachemak Bay, or rent a rod and reel from a local outfitter and cast a line from the banks of the Homer Spit lagoon, known by locals as the “Fishing Hole.” The Homer Spit is a 4.5-mile long piece of land that stretches out into the bay. King salmon can be caught here from mid-May until the end of June; silver salmon are plentiful in August. Many companies throughout Alaska will pack and freeze your catch and ship home for you.
Optional add-on: Board an Alaska Marine Highway ferry for Kodiak Island. Kodiak is a renowned sportfishing destination and offers a multitude of tours and charter fishing excursions, including fly-out wilderness fishing in remote locations in Alaska’s Southwest region.
Note: A fishing license is required for visitors 16 years of age or older, and for residents between the age of 16 and 59. Licenses can be purchased online or at most sporting goods or groceries stores in Alaska. Prices vary according to length of stay and species fished.