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Alaska – Salmon, Trout and Char Fishing Destinations 

With five species of Pacific salmon and addition to rainbow trout, arctic char, dolly varden, grayling and thousands of rivers and lakes, Alaska offers an incredible variety of possible fishing experiences. We have been organizing Alaska fishing trips since 2002. Since then we have accumulated a significant amount of knowledge advising on destinations, best dates, species available, types of lodging and programs available and making all of the arrangements necessary to create the best possible Alaska fishing experience for our clients.

The best dates for Alaska salmon fishing depend on the specific species and the river. Generally June and July are the best months for chinook, chum, sockeye and pink salmon. Rainbow trout, char and grayling fishing can also be good in certain waters during these months. However, the best fishing for these species is usually from mid-August until the end of September coinciding with the best dates for coho salmon in a lot of rivers.

Fresh water sport fishing destinations in Alaska can be divided into those accessible by the road system and those not. There is a huge selection of large and small rivers and creeks which can indeed be accessed by the road system, some with very good fishing. However, unless you are willing to walk a way you will usually run into more fishermen. Sometimes they will be far more abundant then the local fauna. However, by taking one more commercial flight from Anchorage to elsewhere in the state, we can reach areas which are much more wild where the sport fishing pressure is dramatically reduced. And if you are willing to fly into the bush in a small plane you can access some of the most remote and wild corners of Alaska with an unimaginable abundance of fish.

Below, we offer a selection of our most recommendable Alaska destinations from the most accessible to the most remote.


Kenai River

Th destination to fish for the “salmon of your life”. The Kenai River produces the largest king salmon in the world, with fish that have been registered at over 100 lb in weight. It also offers excellent fishing for large rainbow trout and one of the biggest runs of sockeye salmon you will ever see.

Ayakulik River, Kodiak

The best salmon river on the island of Kodiak. This is an ideal destination to sight fish for kings or cohos on the fly. It also produces some of the largest cohos in Alaska. Later in the season it also gets a decent run of steelhead. One of the extra benefits is that you will most certainly have the chance to do some bear watching.

Kvichak River

The Kvichak is one of North Ameica’s legendary trout rivers. The rainbow trout become huge here gorging on the eggs and flesh of the millions of sockeye that return to the river every year to spawn.

Naknek River

The Naknek is an extremely versatile river which offers excelent fishing for sockeye and silver salmon as well as huge rainbow trout. In fact, it is one of Alaska’s best rivers for trophy size rainbow trout. Other species available include pink and chum salmon and a few kings as well as dolly varden and grayling.

Nushagak River

With an average annual run of about 100,000 king salmon, it is without a doubt one of the best destinations in the world to fish for this species. It is especially well suited to fishing fo kings from a boat with bait or plugs.

Alaska Peninsula

It is like going back in time to when fishermen had just discovered Alaska as a sportfishing paradise: incredible numbers of fish, wild untouched nature, beautiful scenery awithout a trace of civilization.

Unalakleet River

The Unalakleet River is a remote destination on the western coast of Alaska, just south of the Bering Strait. It is a great river for those looking for great fishing away from the crowds. The silver salmon fishing is tops.

Tsiu River

The Tsiu River might just be the best coho salmon river in Alaska. With shallow waters ideal for sight fishing for silvers, it is blessed with one of the largest and stable runs of cohos in the state. This is the ideal place to fish for aggressive coho salmon fresh fromthe sea.

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