Fishing in Alaska
Alaska offers some of the most spectacular freshwater, saltwater, fly and even ice fishing in the world. It can be as easy as pulling off the side of the road and casting a line, or you can charter a boat or float plane to whisk you off to a secluded fishing spot. There are countless opportunities to reel in one of the more than 627 species that inhabit Alaska's waters, including a variety of salmon, trout, halibut, arctic char, pike, grayling, and Dolly Varden. With over three million lakes, twelve thousand rivers, and thousands of fish-filled streams, you can see that the challenge isn't catching fish, but deciding where and what to catch.
Every region of Alaska offers accommodations that cater to the needs of the angler, ranging from rustic camping to all-inclusive luxury lodges and everything in between. If you don't have time for an overnight or multi-day fishing package, book one of the many half-day or full-day fishing trips available throughout the state. Saltwater fishing charters are one of the most popular and exciting fishing excursions in Alaska. Expert captains will take you to prime spots for Alaska salmon and halibut fishing, or you can book a multi-species charter to add some rockfish, cod, and bass.
If freshwater fishing is more your style, you can rent fishing gear from a local outfitter or join a guided trip to catch rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, salmon, and more from Alaska’s pristine rivers and streams. Visiting in winter? Ice fishing options abound on Alaska’s lakes. Rent ice fishing gear yourself or let guides take you to the local hot spots on a guided ice fishing tour for your chance to reel one in under the northern lights.
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