Best Spots For Salmon Fishing In Alaska

Posted by Leland On May - 18 - 2017

Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. in terms of¬†geographic area, containing over 6,500 miles of coastline, 3,000 inland rivers, and an estimated 3 million lakes. The 49th state an undeniable fishing paradise, both commercially and recreationally. With so much available fishing, the different freshwater species are almost limitless, but as has been the case for well over a century, the unchallenged “King” of Alaska’s abundant fish population is the highly sought-after salmon.

With salmon fishing so popular and widespread throughout the state, the most difficult choice for avid fishermen (and fisherwomen) is literally choosing the best location. Whether angling, fly-fishing, drift boating or simply fishing from the roadside, Alaska provides an incredible opportunity for fishing at every level of age and experience.

Picking and choosing the best spots for salmon fishing in Alaska can almost be determined by a coin flip, but according to longtime experts and insiders, some of the best locations are as follows.

Regarded as one of the most valuable salmon fishing spots, Bristol Bay is currently under the process of being protected by the EPA. During the Red Salmon Run, 70% of the world’s sockeye population is caught in the bay and fishermen flock to the area during this time.

World record-sized King salmon are regularly pulled from The Kenai¬†River’s swift-moving currents. Large numbers of salmon-seekers can occasionally pose problems, but the 82-mile length of the river ensures that finding a suitable location is just around the bend.

As one of Alaska’s more familiar and well-documented iconic landmarks, Kodiak Island is renowned not only for its teeming salmon population but also for its ‘smarter-than-the-average’ native bear population that satisfies their voracious appetites during the summer spawning season. Convenient roadside salmon fishing is a popular feature of Kodiak.

Traveling deep into the Alaskan wilderness in search of the choicest salmon ‘hot spots’ isn’t necessary; prize King salmon can be landed from the waters of downtown Anchorage’s lower Ship Creek, an easily accessible spot that yields more than its share of prize salmon. If you’re looking to make your fishing trip a vacation, Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages is located in Palmer, Alaska which is nearby Anchorage.

For the adventurous, Montana Creek provides ‘combat fishing,’ a phenomenon that occurs when thousands upon thousands of migrating Silver salmon embark on a mad rush to spawn, attracting fishermen who proceed to hook salmon nearly as quickly as they can cast their lines.

The isolated Nushagak River attracts ‘hardcore’ salmon fishermen who don’t mind ‘roughing it’ in pursuing their prize. An hour’s flight out of Anchorage leads to another 20-minute float plane hop to the remote Nushagak River salmon habitat where large populations of Chinook, Chum, King and Sockeye salmon await.

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