Fishing in Alaska can be challenging as in where to go and when.
Alaska has more than 3 million lakes, 3,000 rivers and more coastline than the entire lower 48 states. That’s a lot of space to fish, and sports anglers catch about 3 million fish each year, Here are a few places to go try your luck catching rather than just fishing.
In Southeast Alaska, Ketchikan is the southernmost city to start from. Steelhead fishing starts in April (usually) and continuing with Silvers through September with Dollies, Cutthroats, Halibut and other kinds of Salmon. There are numerous lodges and fishing charters in the area.
In Southcentral Alaska, just 80 airmiles northwest of Anchorage flows a tributary of the glacial Yentna and Lake Creek. King Salmon get most of the attention at Lake Creek when the run peaks in late June. Silvers arrive in August and offers excellent rainbow fishing all the way into October. Chelatna Lake is in the area too and offers good fishing also.
Another Southcentral destination is the Kenai river. If you like combat fishing then this is where you want to be when the King salmon start to run. You get two cracks at these big guys. Mid May usually is the first run with the bigger Kings running later and ending in July. Sockeye run mid June through mid August and catching these 10 to 12 pound fish on a flyrod can be a lot of fun. Coho or silver salmon can be caught from mid June to the end of September. Pink salmon run about the same time as silvers but not as good eating. Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden are best fished mid June through September. The Kenai is very easy to get to and always has a lot of fishers.
Karluk River on Kodiak Island has a King salmon run in decline but large Char and Silvers still run in September and Steelhead run peaks in October and November so you can get some late fishing in there.
Southwest Alaska has the Nushagak River near Dilligham Alaska and is easy to fish once you are in Dillingham and around Bristol Bay area. The period from late June through early July is prime time for the King salmon run. You will have to contact a charter or guide as some of the river runs through private native land and permission is required to fish that part. King salmon is still king in the area but other salmon and rainbows can be caught also.
That should give you a good choice of fishing spots all over Alaska, now just go get em.