Alaska's wild, untamed landscape is home to numerous game and fish species. This attracts thousands of anglers and hunters every year. All Pacific salmon species, including the massive King Salmon species, are common in Alaska's various reservoirs, lakes and rivers. Discover tips on fishing for salmon in Alaska to make your next Alaskan trip an adventure to remember.
Keep Track of Time
During the regular salmon fishing season, Alaska's daylight hours can extend into the early morning or even 24 hours. However, the salmon still feed according to their internal biological clocks. Increase your chances of landing a salmon by fishing during the early morning or evening, regardless of the intensity of the Alaskan sun.
Wear the Right Clothing
Alaska's northern location means the temperature can quickly drop to uncomfortable lows. Dress appropriately for the season. Even in the summer, some anglers find it cold enough to wear a sweater. In the winter, wear several layers of clothing. Gloves and hats are also crucial to guard against frostbite in your ears and hands. A waterproof jacket or coat can also be helpful if salmon fishing in rivers or waterways that are prone to spray and mist.
Get a License
Anglers must possess a fishing license and salmon stamp issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife, and must keep the license on them at all times while angling. A license can be obtained online (see Resources) and printed on your home computer, or can be purchased from most sporting goods stores in the state. As of 2009, a fishing license is $24 for residents and $145 for non-residents. Meanwhile, a salmon stamp is $10 for residents and $100 for non-residents.
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.