The Best Fishing Day Trips for Alaskan Salmon

The Best Fishing Day Trips for Alaskan Salmon
Salmon fishing Alaska's waters let's you try for king, sockeye, pink, chum and silvers. The waters of the state teem with wild salmon each year, and anglers flock to the Great Land to try and get a full daily catch. If you travel to Alaska but don't have time for a weeklong or multi-day fishing adventure, there are many day trips designed to get you your limit and let you experience the wild's of the Great Land. Many of the operators enjoy good reviews or offer guaranteed catches or your trip is free.

Southeast Alaska--Juneau

Head out for a day charter with the captain and crew of Alaska Salmon Guaranteed Charters. Like their name suggests, if you don't catch salmon on your trip, the trip is on the house. Trips depart from Auke Bay Harbor, 12 miles north of downtown Juneau. Fishing gear, tackle and bait are provided. Bring your own lunch and drinks, and be prepared for rain or cold weather with rain gear, rubber boots, hat and gloves. The Lynn Canal and waters around Tee Harbor or Yankee Cove run with silver and king salmon. Look for whales, orcas, sea lions, seals and eagles as you fish the day away.

Alaska Salmon Guaranteed Charters

4510 Prospect Way

Juneau, AK 99801


Eastern Kenai Peninsula--Seward

San Diego Union-Tribune Travel Writer Alison DaRosa said in a review of Aurora Charters for her paper, "Aurora Charters was beyond anything we might have expected..." Aurora Charters operates out of the city of Seward, situated on Resurrection Bay and near the open waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Go for silver or king salmon on custom charter trips. Use of fishing rods, reels, tackle and bait is included in the charter. Guides help you with tackle choice, setting the lines and cleaning the fish. Filet and smoking service is an option at the docks back in the harbor. Watch for whales, sea otters, eagles and sea lions during your day on the water.

Aurora Charters

1302-C 4th Ave.

Seward, AK 99864


Southcentral--Anchorage Area

Fisherman's Choice Charters enjoys being voted best salmon charter in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley for the last nine of 10 years, from the Mat-Su Chamber of Commerce. Head out onto the rivers of the south-central and Mat-Su region, such as the Deshka River, Talkeetna River and Little Susitna River. Go for kings or silvers, and land your day's catch. Moose are frequently seen along the shoreline of the river, and the lucky anglers see grizzly bears walking and fishing the river shoals and bars. Bring your own rain gear, hats, sunglasses and lunches. Charter fees include use of fishing gear, captain and crew, boat and iced coolers for fish storage. Smoking, shipping and filleting is arranged at the docks.

Fisherman's Choice Charters

P.O. Box 940276

Houston, AK 99694


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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