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What Are The Best Places And Times Of The Year For Alaska Fishing?

Alaska offers some of the best fishing globally, with the unique species and runs that make catching fish ideal. 

According to the Resource Development Council, Alaska harvests from 5 to 6 billion pounds of seafood and accounts for 60% of all US harvests. These figures show that Alaska is one of the best places for fishing, and the odds are high that you will brag about your excursion. 

However, fishing in Alaska requires knowing where to go and the best times of year to be successful. We look at some of the most popular places and the ideal times when the fish stocks are the highest. 

Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay sits on Alaska’s eastern coast, near the Bearing Strait, and gives you excellent salmon fishing. The water levels are lower, and you find sand bars that make traversing Bristol Bay unsafe for the large commercial fishing ships. These waters are not overfished, and going at the right time of year means you will have your choice of salmon. 

Throughout the summer you will see every type of salmon in these waters including chum, king, and red sockeye. Towards the end of the season, the pink humpback and Coho salmon are plentiful. 

We recommend Bristol Bay for trips lasting several days, so that you can catch lots of salmon. 

Action Alaska uses a boat called the “Kishman,” it is 35 feet long by 13 feet wide. We can take you comfortably to Bristol Bay without worrying about the size and having room to move around. Fishing is an adventure, and you want to go with a charter service that gives you the best. We provide all of these latest features and technology, so you have the once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience. 


Alaska is famous for saltwater fishing, and one of the best places for this is Homer. The coast is unique because of the different fish you will find just offshore. Some of the ones to look out for include Dolly Wardens, halibut, salmon, and rockfish. 

Typically, most fishers will catch fish weighing 20 to 40 pounds. However, going out for just one hour, you can catch a 150-pound halibut. These experiences are common, and you want to spend more time on the water fishing to increase your odds of success. 

Cody and Marlie Loomis are the owners of Action Alaska and grew up in the area. We are third-generation Alaskans and know everything about the best fishing spots in the state. We are your premier Alaska charter fishing service and will give you a memorable experience. 

Kvichak River

The Kvichak River runs in southwest Alaska and sits between the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and the Katmai National Park & Preserve. The river has a wide delta, with a deep channel, making it an ideal hunting ground for trout. 

The trout are some of the biggest in North America and can reach lengths of 30 inches. The best times for fishing the Kvichak are from August through October. The trout are at the highest numbers and the hungriest at this time. 

Action Alaska knows all of the best fishing spots throughout the state, and we will take you to these areas. We are knowledgeable on outstanding fishing techniques and how to catch the most fish on your journey. 


Ketchikan is also known as the salmon capital of the world, with salmon congregating in this area. Since the 1930s, the city became famous for the salmon industry, and 30% of the population works in the fishing sector. These are some of the best fishermen in the world, and the locals have a wealth of information on the best spots. 

Cody Loomis is the owner of Action Alaska and an expert on great fishing spots. He does lots of tours to Ketchikan and knows where to catch the most salmon. He has over 30 years of experience, and it shows when you are on tour with him. No one is more knowledgeable on fresh and saltwater fishing than Cody. 

Kodiak Island 

Kodiak Island is secluded and stretches 177 miles in length, with some excellent fishing opportunities in Alaska. We will take you to the remote locations for the halibut and salmon runs. You will enjoy the picturesque scenery and how this trip offers a back-to-nature feel. 

At Action Alaska, just one tour will make you want to come back for more fishing trips to these different spots. 

Book Your Charter Today

Alaska fishing is some of the best in the world, and we know where you can get the most out of this experience. Call Action Alaska today at 907-206-6946 and let us show you what you are missing. 

We are in Sitka, near Green Lake and not far from the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport.