Guide to Fishing in Sitka, Alaska

Guide to Fishing in Sitka, Alaska
Sitka is one of the largest cities in Alaska. Found on the western edge of Baranof Island off the coast of the Alaska Panhandle, Sitka and its surrounding regions draws thousands of anglers every year. A combination of pristine wilderness and numerous lakes, ponds and reservoirs creates prime fishing spots for those wanting to land Alaska's famed trout, salmon and bass. Discover insider tips and steps to successfully fish in Sitka.
 

Transportation

There are two ways for anglers to get to Sitka, Alaska. The fastest is via air at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, serviced by various national and local airlines. Individuals can also sail to Sitka aboard the ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System, which connects the island to the mainland.

 
 

Fish Species

Sitka is home to many types of fish. Salmon fishing is popular, as Alaska is home to all types of Pacific salmon, including the perennial favorites, king salmon and pink salmon. Sitka anglers will also encounter trout, pike and bass.

Fishing License

Before fishing at Sitka, purchase a fishing license from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The license must be valid during the time you are fishing. You can purchase a license online, via telephone at (907) 465-4180 or at many local sporting good stores in downtown Sitka. As of 2009, an annual license for Alaskan residents with an Alaska driving license is $24, while non-residents pay $145.

Sitka Fishing Reports

Before fishing, check the current Sitka fishing report presented by the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife (see resources). The report is updated weekly and tells you what type of fish species are biting in Sitka. This can help you choose your fishing tackle according to the current species that are prevalent, as well as help you determine your chances at landing your fish of choice.

Lodges and Guides

While many anglers choose to rough it and head out on their own, anglers who are unfamiliar with Sitka's terrain or waterways may choose to stay at a lodge or hire a local chartered guide. This can help you avoid poor fishing areas and save time. Sitka has many lodges and chartered fishing guides. Examples include Wild Strawberry Lodge (800-770-2628), found right on the water; Big Blue Charters (877-747-5161), which specializes in halibut and salmon fishing; Sitka Point Lodge (888-747-7406), one of the cheapest lodges in the area; and CC Charters (907-738-3425), a family-run operation that specializes in personalized, small fishing tours.

 

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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