Alaska Fishing Vacation Ideas

Alaska Fishing Vacation Ideas #1: Kenai River - Alaska has some of the best fishing opportunities in the world. Combine this with the incredible scenery and other outdoor activities available and you have a perfect fishing vacation idea. What kind of fish will you find in Alaska?

Looking to set a world record for the biggest King Salmon? Alaska is the place to do it. Don’t be surprised if you land a 50 pounder. Or how about a 100 pound Pacific Halibut?

Then there’s Sock-eye Salmon, Pink Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Chum Salmon, Red Salmon, Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Sea-run Dolly Varden or Rock Fish.

The famous Kenai River is known for its trophy fish. Companies such as Alaska River Adventures can provide you with everything you need for that memorable Alaska fishing vacation you have been dreaming about.

They've got the guides, the drift boats, the fishing lodges and the equipment.


Alaska Fishing Vacation Ideas #2: Enchanted Lake Lodge is one of the best known and wildly popular destinations for Alaska fishing. The lodge is located on 54 private acres of the Alaskan Peninsula in the Katmai National Park.

So it is ideally suited to take full advantage of the super fishing opportunities in the many rivers and streams here.

This is a remote spot which requires a float plane ride to get to the lodge. But in this isolated wilderness spot, Enchanted Lake Lodge provides a very comfortable haven with private luxury cabins, panoramic views, fresh top-notch food and libations.

The prime time for fishing here is June through September. On any given day, Enchanted Lake Lodge knows the best places to fish and has the itinerary all set up. You will travel from the lodge by hiking, float plane, small float rafts or jet boats.

The day is spent fishing then you return to the lodge for a brandy and a wonderfully satisfying dinner. Then it’s off to the sauna, your cabin or a relaxing evening mingling with the guides and other guests in the main lodge great room.

June focuses on visual fishing for trout as they aggressively chase down the multitudes of young newly spawned salmon. In July the sockeye salmon arrive in massive quantities. August sees the trout and salmon fishing peaks as the salmon spawn their eggs and the trout try to devour them all. September sees the salmon population dropping off while the trout, fat from their salmon egg gorging, make this the perfect time for besting your personal record for the largest fish catch.


#3: Togiak National Wildlife Refuge - Another one of the many fantastic spots is the Goodnews River in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. You can catch an amazing variety of fish all from the same waters in a single trip. Silver Salmon and Rainbow trout are the “specialties” but be ready for Dollies, Arctic Char, Grayling, Lake Trout and more. This vacation idea will be a unique experience because only 9 operators are allowed to work the river.

Goodnews River Lodge, in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, makes an excellent spot for fishing for all varieties of Alaskan salmon and trout. Goodnews River Lodge guides are provided to help you catch your trophy fish. You can fish in the tidewaters, wade in the feeder creeks or choose among the three river branches all close by the lodge.


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Alaska Fishing Vacation Ideas #4: Alaska has many large, glacial rivers that can be fished but these are not the best spots as the rock silt in the water makes it difficult to see. The fish also don’t like to hang around. They prefer to just pass through to more clear waters.

Better fishing can be found in the smaller clear creeks that come down out of the mountains and end at the sea. Trout, Char, and Salmon can typically be fished well here. Watch out for the tide near the coast as it can rise up to 20 feet at times.

When planning your Alaska fishing vacation you need to take into account the time of year you are planning to go and the type of fish you are after. For example, King Salmon will run from mid-May through July. Sockeye Salmon will run from late May to Mid-July. Rainbow Trout June 15 through April 14. Pink Salmon late July through mid-August. There are plenty of websites that will give more details and a little research will help you have a successful fishing vacation.  

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