Alaska fishing trips are some of the hottest adventure travel opportunities in the world. The state comprises more than 585,000 square miles pristine coastline, glaciers, forests and volcanoes. The fish are always super-sized and the getting is always good.
But, here in the wilds, your experience is a personal one. So, keep reading for three trips that appeal to every kind of traveler – the family man, the adventurer and the angler.
A Family Adventure – Emerald Pines Lodge in Homer, Alaska
Located just above Kachemak Bay, the halibut fishing capital of the world, is Emerald Pines Lodge. You can contact Emerald Pines Lodge at 1-888-350-6204.
Kachemak Bay offers world-class Alaska fishing trips for king salmon, Alaskan halibut, rainbow trout and Arctic char–some of the best on the planet.
For a six-night package, rates typically hover around $2850 per adult, with a 50 percent discount for children. The lodge is also all-inclusive. That means you just need to pack your toiletries and clothes.
Big Adventure – The Copper River Valley
The Klutina River has some of the most plentiful king salmon fishing in the world. Anglers will do battle with 30- to 50-pound king salmons that are hooked in a current that pushes along at 5 to 15 mph.
The rapids and flow are fast, meaning you have to fish quickly and efficiently. Alongside volcanos and mountains, this is some of the wildest fishing in the world.
The Klutina runs alongside the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest in the United States. Between fishing trips, you can simply enjoy the view, watch bears, take in gold rush remnants or a simple back road drive in a rental car.
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The best months are between June and September, but July is the best time for fishing King Salmon. Recommended companies include the Copper River Salmon Charters (phone: 1-888-462-3221), Kennicott Glacier Lodge (phone: 907-258-2350 ) and the Orca Adventure Lodge (phone: 1-866-424-6722).
The Remote Angler’s Adventure – Middleton Island
Blue-water Alaska sport fishing is not an activity for those with weak arms or weak hearts. With typical halibut catches ranging between 80 and 160 pounds, Middleton Island, approximately 90 miles from Seward has some of the best fishing in the world.
The best time for Middleton, Alaska fishing trips are June through September. The average cost is typically $750 per angler for two days of fishing.