When to Fish in Alaska in 2024

Still don’t have summer fishing plans in place? Now is the perfect time to land some prime fishing dates in Alaska. We represent lodges and outfitters that are sure to fulfill your vision of the ultimate Alaskan fishing trip.  From luxury fly out lodges to comfortable tent camps, we have something for everyone. Whatever your lodging interest, whatever your species preference, we have options. Alaska offers some of the best rainbow trout fishing on the planet and trout fishing is awesome season long with subtle nuances and presentations based on your month of travel.

The Alaska fishing season generally kicks off the second week of June to early October in the Bristol Bay/Katmai region. We also have outstanding steelhead options in March, April, & October for those who can’t resist an energetic and large sea run rainbow trout. Saltwater fishing for halibut/salmon/rockfish will start in May and run until later September out of Ketchikan, AK. The fishing season is relatively short, and space can fill quickly, especially at limited capacity lodges that take 10 or fewer guests per week. We can accommodate both fly and spin fishing anglers to make it available to anglers of any experience level.

Daily fly out fishing lodges offer fishing via float plane to a different river daily.

Bristol Bay Lodge

Tikchik Narrows Lodge

Prime 2024 dates available at both destinations for up to 8 anglers.

Fixed position lodges where you’ll fish from the lodge by jet boat daily.

Reel Action Alaska

Goodnews River Lodge

Prime 2024 dates available at both destinations for multiple anglers.

Still not sure when to go? Check out our Alaska season at a glance:

  • June and Early July: This period is ideal for those looking to catch rainbow trout and king salmon, thanks to the long days and generally fair weather. You'll also find sockeye and chum salmon, along with season-long catches like Dolly Varden and Arctic Grayling.
  • July: Marks the time for the "grand slam" weeks, offering the chance to catch all five species of Pacific Salmon, with the sockeye run peaking around the 4th of July. This period is especially recommended for beginners eager to improve their fishing skills.
  • August: This month is known for its silver salmon runs, providing exciting topwater fishing opportunities. Trout fishing also becomes more productive as they start feeding on sockeye eggs, with bead under a float techniques being particularly effective.
  • September: The season wraps up with trout reaching their peak sizes, making it an excellent time for those targeting the biggest fish. Spey casting to cover more ground is a favored method during this time.

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