The sheer size and varying landscape of Alaska offers many different places to schedule your Alaskan Fishing Trip. You can try your luck fishing the high seas for Halibut, fly-in to a remote location for fly-fishing, or even just bait fish at a fishing hole outside of Anchorage. However, some areas cannot be compared to anywhere else in the world for the amount and size of their fish. Here are four of the best places to fish in Alaska.
The size and amount of fish in the Kenai river is simply outstanding. The river is on the Kenai Peninsula and runs 132 miles from Kenai Lake before it empties into the Cook Inlet. There are two runs of king, silver, silver, and red salmon each summer and a run of pink salmon every other year. This is one of the only places where you can guarantee that the river is going to be full of running salmon itching for a fight. There aren’t just a lot of fish, there’s big fish too. The world record king salmon, weighing in at 97 pounds, was caught in the Kenai River in 1985. However, all these fish also attract lots of other fisherman and you might end up bumping elbows with some of them. If you want a more isolated experience, come here in the fall when you can stalk the river by yourself for monster rainbow trout.
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Bristol bay is 250 miles long and 180 miles wide, sandwiched between mainland Alaska and the Alaskan Peninsula. This place, with several rivers and streams entering into it, is home to the largest salmon run in the world. You can catch chum, silver, and king salmon, but most everyone comes to Bristol Bay for the legendary sockeye salmon fishing. Bristol Bay is the largest fishery for the tasty sockeye in the world. If your arms end up getting tired from fighting enormous salmon all day, try fishing the many streams in the area for rainbows, arctic char, and grayling.
Kodiak Island, home to the legendary bear, is 100 miles long and between 10 and 60 miles wide. The Karluk River, as well as several other streams on the island, has great fishing for both trout and salmon. However, the main attraction of Kodiak Island is the road system, which allows people to navigate the back country for the perfect secluded fishing hole, which in most cases is only a few feet from the main road.
The 300 miles of the Copper River makes for some of the best salmon fishing in Alaska. During the summer months, over 2 million salmon navigate these waters to find their spawning grounds.