Take the bait with an Alaska fishing trip

Take the bait with an Alaska fishing trip

Whether you’re looking to cast your line out into rivers, lakes, or the open ocean, an Alaska vacation rental is the perfect way to get your fishing fix. Best known for its legendary salmon and halibut fishing, anglers in the Last Frontier can also pursue rainbow trout, lingcod, arctic grayling, and that beautiful red arctic char. The main salmon season is from May through September, but there’s fishing in Alaska year-round, including ice fishing in the heart of winter. Alaska boasts countless fishing guides and tour organizers, but there are also plenty of options if you’re looking to fish independently.

All-inclusive Alaska fishing trips

The state’s remote, unspoiled wilderness means that Alaskan fishing trips can offer some logistical challenges, and sometimes the easiest way is to go all-inclusive. While this certainly isn’t cheap, these Alaska fishing packages will usually include some accommodation, meals, fishing guides, gear rental, and transport to the fishing grounds by boat or air. Some may even offer extra perks like wildlife tours and opportunities to view Alaska’s famous polar bears. The good news is that if your budget won’t stretch to all-inclusive, you can save a lot of money by renting a vacation home independently, then chartering boats, helicopters, or guides as needed.

Cheap Alaska fishing trips

For those wanting a cheap fishing trip in Alaska, road access is going to be the key thing to look for. If you can drive to your fishing grounds without having to charter flights or boats, you can make that vacation budget go a lot further. One of the cheapest ways to go fishing in Alaska is to go after grayling and lake trout in the waterways off the Denali Highway (Alaska Route 8). There are some great vacation rentals nearby—including charming studios and rustic cabins—and if you can be flexible about your dates, then you might be able to keep your accommodation costs down by picking up some fantastic deals on vacation properties.

Salmon fishing in Alaska

There are 5 different types of salmon in Alaska, but the one most people come for is king salmon, or “chinook.” While king salmon populations have been declining dramatically in other U.S. states, numbers are still reasonably healthy up here, and it’s such an iconic part of Alaskan culture that they even made it the state fish. If you’re into sport fishing, an Alaska vacation home is the perfect opportunity to test your mettle against one of these behemoths, and there are lots of options to choose from, including everything from upmarket rental lodges to cozy cabins and compact studios.

Man in a camouflage jacket and a wide-brim hat fishing with a rod in a river

Halibut fishing in Alaska

While many sport fishermen come to Alaska for the freshwater fishing, there’s also some great action to be had out on the open ocean. Halibut is the best-known saltwater fish to go after—especially during the peak season from May through September—but lingcod is popular, too. The city of Homer is one of the top vacation rental spots for halibut fishing in Alaska, though if you’re looking for somewhere a bit more remote, you could check out getaway cabins on Kodiak Island.

White fishing boat heading out into open water with snow-capped mountains in the background

Alaska fishing trips on the Kenai Peninsula

Set in southern Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula is one of the most popular parts of the state for visitors—partly due to the gorgeous landscapes of Kenai Fjords National Park, but also on account of its stellar fishing. The Kenai River has produced some of the biggest salmon ever caught, and there’s great saltwater fishing, too. You’ll find a good range of vacation home rentals available, and local hubs include the busy fishing port of Seward and the lively city of Homer. If you’re looking to beat the summer salmon rush, a Homer vacation rental can also be a great option for winter and spring, when boats go out into the open water looking for the big feeder salmon known as “winter kings.”