Information on the Best Fishing Areas in Alaska

Information on the Best Fishing Areas in Alaska
Alaska is a big state, and the fishing opportunities are endless. You can chase salmon runs in remote areas or catch halibut offshore. Fishing for salmon in the rivers and chasing the trophy rainbow trout that gorge on their eggs are the most popular pursuits. Steelhead and grayling also are popular sport fish.


Ketchikan is a productive coastal region for halibut and king salmon. Silver salmon also are popular sport fish in this region.


The Kenai peninsula is among the most popular areas to fish in Alaska, offering a variety of saltwater and freshwater fishing. The Kenai River is known for large rainbow trout and king salmon but can be crowded. The smaller tributary streams receive less pressure and are very productive.

Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales is an Island that offers fantastic ocean and freshwater fishing opportunities. This is a popular year-round fishing area with the opportunity for whale-watching.


The Alaskan interior offers remote fishing opportunities. The Copper River drainage and the Iliamna Lake drainage are popular destinations that could require transportation by a bush plane. These areas have large sockeye salmon runs and monster rainbow trout.

Expert Insight

The fishing opportunities in Alaska are numerous and diverse. It is beneficial to hire a guide or use a lodge when fishing there. Professional guides are aware of the dangers that surround you, and they know where to find the fish and how to catch them.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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