There’s a reason Alaska is famous for its salmon! Over 80 percent of high-value wild salmon species originate from its waters, and millions of them run up the state’s rivers and creeks each summer. Serious anglers have their pick of pink, chum, sockeye, silver, and king salmon from May to October. Whether your heart is set on hooking a certain species or you just want to take something home for dinner, these Alaska salmon fishing trips will make your dreams a reality. Read on for details!
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Top 7 Alaska Salmon Fishing Trips
1. Fisherman’s Choice Charters
Some of the best fishing trips in Alaska are available at Fisherman’s Choice Charters. This award-winning company targets salmon and trout in southcentral Alaska. A licensed guide will take you on a customized jet boat into the backcountry where you’ll see some incredible scenery along the Little Susitna, Deshka, and Talkeetna Rivers. Be sure to check their website for salmon fishing packages and to purchase your Alaska fishing license!
2. Fishtale River Guides
Andy Couch at Fishtale River Guides offers salmon fishing charters on the Little Susitna River, near Anchorage and Wasilla. Guests may fish for king salmon (the biggest species), silver salmon (the best fighters), pink and chum salmon, or rainbow trout. You can even take guided ice fishing trips in the winter! Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, moose, beavers, and other wildlife during your excursion.
3. The Bait Shack
Conveniently located in downtown Anchorage, The Bait Shack offers guided fishing tours down Ship Creek. This area is Alaska’s most productive king salmon sport fishery and is perfect for visitors with limited time in Anchorage. Even novice anglers can catch a king salmon in as little as 15 minutes! The Bait Shack offers rods, waders, bait, and tackle. They’re also an authorized vendor for State of Alaska fishing licenses. Call (907) 522–3474 for more information.
4. iFishAlaska Guide Service
Another great option near Anchorage is iFishAlaska Guide Service. Owner Pat Donelson has been salmon fishing in this area for over 30 years and loves sharing his experience with guests! iFishAlaska has three different salmon fishing tours to choose from: half-day charters, full-day charters, and “Buy the Boat” exclusive charters. You can create a customized charter package for your family and friends as well. To discuss tours and pricing, call (907) 357-0131.
5. Millers Riverboat Services
Millers Riverboat Services in Wasilla has been serving Alaska’s fishermen since 1978. Their experienced and knowledgeable guides provide half-day and multi-day charters on the Deshka River, the Little Susitna River, and various tributaries of the Big Susitna drainage. Top-quality rods and reels are included in your trip, and you’ll even get a free fish cleaning.
6. Phantom Tri-River Charters
Are you planning a day trip to Talkeetna? Consider fishing the area’s hotspots with Phantom Charters, a family-owned company that will bring some insider knowledge to your adventure. They use special boats to get into hard-to-reach waters and provide all the gear you need, including rods, reels, tackle, hip boots, and bait. Best of all, Phantom Charters offers 5- and 8-hour trips on the Big Susitna, Talkeetna, and Chulitna rivers. That’s over 100 miles for you to explore!
7. Aurora Charters
About three hours from our Palmer B&B is Aurora Charters in Seward. This is a great place to go if you’d like to fish for salmon as well as other native species. Take a half or full-day charter to Resurrection Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, or Prince William Sound and fish for salmon, rockfish, lingcod, and halibut. Your guide will filet the fish for you and can even arrange to have your catches shipped home.
Come Home to Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages
The key to planning unforgettable Alaska salmon fishing trips is to find the right lodging. That’s where Alaska Garden Gate comes in! Our property is located the beautiful town of Palmer and features a variety of accommodations for all types of travelers. Choose the one that fits your needs and enjoy a peaceful home away from home after a long day on the water.
If you’re not sure which room to book, consider one of our two-bedroom cottages. Each features a spacious living room, full kitchen, fireplace, and private entrance. They also boast spectacular forest and mountain views. Check our availability and make your reservations today! We can’t wait to hear about your salmon fishing adventures.