Summer is the most popular time for an Alaskan fishing trip. Much of the excitement around summertime fishing here revolves around the fact that there is at least one variety of salmon fishing available between May and September, which means there’s plenty of good fishing—and eating—to go around.
In addition, there’s lots of good fishing to be had in the more remote parts of the state all summer long. So if the salmon crowd seems like it might be a bit much, you won’t have to worry about rescheduling or worrying that it needs to be all salmon, all the time.
Regardless of the type of fishing you’re interested in doing, summer in Alaska is full of opportunities. Although it probably feels like summer may never come to some parts of the country, the truth is that, if you’re interested in a summer fishing excursion in Alaska this year, now’s the time to start planning. Here are some tips to help you get everything arranged:
- Familiarize yourself with the best fishing spots. Choosing the right location for your fishing trip can play a huge role in ensuring you have the enjoyable time you’re hoping for—and it can really influence your success in the fishing department. Picking a fishing spot can depend on the type of fish you’re after, your level of experience, your familiarity with the area and whether you’re traveling alone or with a group. Doing some research into the best salmon or trout fishing, for example, is a great way of narrowing down your options.
- Make sure you have the necessary equipment. While you’ll likely be able to find some of what you need when you arrive at your destination, it’s not something you should count on. After all, given the popularity of summer fishing in Alaska, you can’t expect everyone else to have come prepared. While there’s rarely anything resembling a shortage of live bait here, you’ll at least want to have the proper rod and tackle and any other equipment you think may be necessary.
- Where do you plan to stay? Finding accommodations in Alaska doesn’t have to be very difficult, but making reservations well in advance is the safest way to ensure you’ll have a place to stay. Many experienced Alaskan anglers like to schedule different parts of their trip in different locations, so bad fishing or less-than-stellar accommodations don’t have to plague them the whole time they’re here. Look into some lodges or campgrounds, or rent a cabin through the U.S. Forest Service if there’s one available near your fishing spot. And remember you can always cut down on costs—and probably increase your enjoyment—by bringing along a friend or two.
Summer fishing season in Alaska is one of the best times of the year, and provides a unique opportunity for recreation and getting away from your daily life. If you’re interested in planning an Alaskan fishing trip this summer, contact Phantom Tri-River Charters today. We can answer your questions and make sure you’re ready for one of the highlights of your year!