Alaska Trout Salmon Fishing on a Budget

Alaska Trout Salmon Fishing on a Budget
The sparkling rivers and lakes of Alaska's wilderness are home to every type of Pacific salmon, as well as numerous trout species such as the popular steelhead and rainbow trout. The state's pristine waterways attract thousands of anglers every year, driving up the cost of supplies and accommodations. Don't let this stop you from landing a catch in a hidden Alaskan forest.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing supplies Alaska fishing license
  • Fishing supplies
  • Alaska fishing license
Step 1
Buy an Alaska fishing license online (see Resources) or by calling the Alaska Department of Fish & Game at (907) 465-4100. Save time by purchasing the ticket online and printing the license on your home printer. If you are a non-resident, you can save a considerable sum by purchasing a short-term license.
Step 2
Stock up on fishing supplies in major cities such as Anchorage before heading to your fishing destination. Artificial lures, fishing line and rods are significantly cheaper in urban sporting good stores and general retailers than in smaller cities, like Kodiak, which depend on visiting anglers for a lot of their income.
Step 3
Avoid major fishing destinations such as the Kenai River and Upper Kenai, especially during the summer salmon run. These areas are typically crowded and sometimes overfished. The prices of fishing lodges, accommodations and fishing lodges will likewise be higher in these regions. Try more rural areas such as the Upper Copper county and Sitka.
Step 4
Use the right bait to land a catch without wasting time or fishing supplies. Bring your own fly fishing yarn from home to save money when fishing for salmon. Standard small spinners and hair jigs also perform well with Alaskan salmon. When fishing for Alaskan trout, use cured salmon eggs. These are found in abundance at many local Alaskan bait shops and are relatively inexpensive.
Step 5
Choose the right time to visit. You can land salmon and trout year-round in Alaska's estuaries and waterways, but the price of travel fluctuates depending on the season. Summer is often the most expensive time to travel and fish in Alaska, though you will save money on gear and clothing as the weather will be warmer. In the winter, you'll spend more money on heat, ice gear and clothing but will often find airfare, rental cars and lodging to be cheaper.

Tips & Warnings

Alaska's tourism board often hosts promotions and special travel deals for anglers. These deals typically include discounts at fishing lodges and travel. Order an Alaska vacation planner (see Resources) to receive a list of the current promotions and deals offered by the board.

Article Written By Josh Duvauchelle

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.

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