How to Plan an Alaska Fishing Trip

How to Plan an Alaska Fishing Trip

Alaska’s waters are teeming with fish just waiting to be caught. It’s why so many people flock to our shores each year for their once-a-year fishing trip. However, planning your Alaska fishing trip can be easier said than done. Not only do you need to decide when to go, but also where and what to bring.

To make things as easy as possible, we’ve laid out everything you need to do when planning your next Alaska fishing trip:

When to Go

Before you start booking rooms and buying fishing tackle, you first need to decide when you’re going to go. The biggest factor when settling on a date is what type of fish you want to catch. Alaska salmon is prolific from late May to mid-September (though the variation of salmon will vary). Halibut, meanwhile, can found anytime from early May to late September.

Get Your Alaska Fishing License

To fish in Alaska, you need a fishing license. You can order them online through the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Website or in-person locally. We recommend getting your license early so that you can get right to fishing when you arrive.

Buy Your Gear

From your rods to your clothes, there are a lot of things you need to buy before heading off to Alaska. Here’s a quick list of everything you need to get:

  • Rod and Reel: While it is up to your personal preferences, we recommend bringing a bait casting rod or fast action spinning rod.
  • Bait: The type of bait you bring will depend on the type of fish you’re trying to catch. Herring or salmon roe works best for salmon, while herring, salmon bellies, or geoduck clams are best for halibut.
  • Waders and Boots: You’re going to be on your feet for a long, so make sure you have the right boots for the job. They should be comfy, well-fitting, and tough.
  • Sunscreen: This may not be Florida, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get burned. Layer up on sunscreen before heading outside.
  • Warm, Waterproof Clothing: When heading out for your fishing trip, you’ll want to layer up. Wear at least two to three layers of clothing, along with a hat and gloves to keep you cozy warm. Your top layer should also be waterproof to keep you dry throughout the day.

Find the Right Location

The last thing you need to do is find the perfect location for your fishing trip. Here at Green Rocks Lodge, we have access to many fishing spots in and around Petersburg, Alaska. There are fishing areas just 2 minutes away from our lodges, all in protected and shallow waters. To learn more, contact us today!