Expansive snow-capped mountain ranges. Emerald blue skies. Lush rainforest canopies. Full of such natural beauty, Alaska is undoubtedly one of the best destinations for wilderness activities and fishing. Where else could you experience the serenity of nature as well as the thrill of fishing while feeling the trickling river flowing past. For outdoor and fishing enthusiasts, driving there may not be the easiest idea. A Celebrity Alaska cruise gets you to the best places in Alaska. You travel past the breathtaking Hubbard Glacier in icy waters with humpback whale tales breaking the surface. Arrive in the fishing village of Seward to catch gigantic halibut in the Gulf of Alaska or plan an overnight lodging trip for sport-fishing and fly-fishing adventures on the Kenai River.
Kenai River Fishing
The Kenai River, especially during an Alaskan fall, provides a world-class fishing experience, as described by kenairriverfishing.wordpress.com. Along the Kenai River, you’ll experience the quietness of the wild and vibrant colors of the season. Especially in September, you can fish for premium-trophy rainbow trout and silver salmon that have gorged all summer. Visit the Middle Kenai River for superior spin and fly fishing and especially in September for the “Super Bowl or the World Series of Rainbow Trout fishing.” Riddles Fishing Lodge, Kenai Riverside Fishing and the Sprucewood Lodge on Alaska’s Kenair River offer riverfront lodging, abundant wildlife sightseeing and unmatched fishing opportunities. Expect to see on the Kenai Peninsula bald eagles soaring and moose roaming and fish for a variety of salmon, trout and halibut.
Fairbanks’ Remote Fishing
Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska, located in the interior Alaskan territory. It’s known for its remoteness and top-notch fly and spinning reel fishing during the summer.
The following lakes are rich with rainbow trout:
- Chena Lake
- Birch Lake
- Dune Lake
- Geskakmina Lake
Fairbank fishing rivers include:
- Chena River
- Tanana River
- Catanika River
Wilderness Enterprises offers half and full-day guided fishing trips as well as scenic floats along the spring-fed Chena River between May and September for arctic grayling as well as along the southeastern Situk River between April and May for steelhead. Depending on the time of year, you can also fish for silver salmon, native rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and northern pike.
Freshwater Fishing in Southwest Alaska
For some stellar rainbow trout, salmon and steelhead freshwater fishing, the southwest region of Alaska is a prime location.
Best Alaska Fishing Trips recommends the following fishing locales:
- Kuskokwim River
- Kvichak River
- Newhalen River
- Yukon River
- Lake Clark
- Bercharof Lake
- Nakenk Lake
In this relatively remote and unpopulated region, you can expect to be surrounded by stunning natural scenery and the peacefulness of untouched wilderness. Hunting in the 724-mile Kuskokwim River, you’ll come across king, red and coho salmon as well as other beautiful wildlife such as grizzly bears, moose and wolves in their natural habitat—while floating toward the Bering Sea. Trails.com describes the Yukon River “as one of the great rivers of the world,” comparable to the “Amazon, Nile and St. Lawrence” rivers. Trails.com also recommends the Yukon River Lodge, Anvik River Lodge and Princess Fairbanks Lodge for incredible Alaskan fishing trips. At the Anvik River Lodge, fishing experts will guide you to king and chum salmon while fishing in the Yukon River tributary.