Alaska is an enormous state, and heading there to fish is not as easy as it sounds. How you plan your trip makes a huge impact on availability and desires. Just like fishing, there is a strategy to arrange your next trip. Wait too long, and you have only a few options in the best part of the season for your target species. So, here are a few guidelines we can offer to make sure you get what you want when you want it and at the lodge of your preference.
Due to high demand, booking in advance is not always possible until the lodge clears its guests from that particular week of the current season. Many lodges have adopted this “right of first refusal,” and they typically allow guests about two to four weeks to decide on next year once their current trip ends. Even if you don’t want to have to monitor the dates, you can always call us in advance and be put on a waitlist for the next season at the lodge of your choice. This way, once returning guests confirm for the following year, you’ll be the next in line for a reservation.
A general rule of thumb is 6 -18 months before your intended travel dates. The fishing season is short, and space fills quickly, especially at limited capacity lodges that take ten or less guests per week. Generally speaking, the Alaska freshwater fishing season is from June through September. Steelhead fishing typically happens as early as April and as late as October, so that will extend the season for some. Saltwater fishing for halibut/salmon/rockfish will start in May and run until September.
We don’t expect you to remember all of this, so please pick up the phone and call for more detailed advice. That’s what we do 12 months a year, so let’s talk about the perfect date, lodge, price point, or anything else that may be on your mind you’re not quite sure about.
Senior Program Manager
Specializes in Alaska and Canada fishing, and South America fishing and big game programs.
Specializes in South America fishing and shooting departments. Plus, fishing in Mongolia and Canada.