Imagine taking a sport fishing vacation. If you are honest, you probably imagined someplace warm like Florida, Louisiana or Baja California. There’s no shame in that. But if the quality of fishing is more important than the quality of the weather, you might want to try heading north to Alaska, where some of the best, most unspoiled fishing action is waiting for serious sport anglers.
Alaska probably gets overlooked as a fishing destination because most folks assume it is going to be cold. But from Spring through Fall every year the temperatures are actually great, with highs along much of the Alaskan coast averaging in the 60’s and lows in the lower 50’s, the weather is usually great for days outside. Salmon and Halibut fishing is popular among those fishermen preferring to hunt for saltwater species. With more miles of coastline than all of the lower 48 states combined, there are vast opportunities for charter trips into the myriad islands and sounds saturated with undisturbed temperate rainforest and thriving fisheries. Baleen whales, orcas, seals, walruses, sea otters, grizzly bears are more are all common sights that add to the wonder of any fishing excursion along Alaska’s coasts.
And Alaska has some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world. Trout fishing in “The Last Frontier” is a top draw, with Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead all favorites. For anglers looking for the ultimate in exotic monster sport fish, Alaska is one of the few places on Earth where you can hook onto a Sheefish. Its gigantic size, vicious fighting and fine eating make the Sheefish fishing a unique experience that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in America. And most of Alaska’s predominantly freshwater ecosystems are largely unexplored and undocumented. You can explore the wilderness and find areas so under fished you may well be the first person to wander the waters with a rod and reel.
If you love the thrill of catching big fish and want to get away from the more crowded sport angling vacation destinations, Alaskan fishing is just what you have been missing. Spend some time wandering the waters of Alaska, and the rejuvenating experience of this pristine natural wilderness will reward you with the fishing trip of a lifetime.