Freshwater Fishing In Alaska

freshwater fishing in alaska

If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you won’t be disappointed with Ketchikan’s freshwater fishing. Whether spin casting or fly fishing, your guide will work with you to choose the perfect freshwater fishing excursion.

Unless weather becomes a problem, our Alaska freshwater fishing trips utilize local floatplanes to access remote lakes and rivers in the Ketchikan area. Your experienced local pilot will take you through some of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery you have ever experienced as you make your way to the fishing grounds. Special care is taken to plan a trip into areas where it is unlikely you’ll see another fishing party. The remoteness not only translates into less pressure on the fish population and more opportunity, but also gives you the sense that you are the first person to ever fish such a spot. Your fishing area will be chosen based on your fishing interests, your skill level, your physical ability, fish availability, scenery, and weather conditions.

While certain accommodations can be made for less agile anglers, freshwater fishing rips and locations are more physically demanding than saltwater trips. If you have any questions about your physical ability, please discuss your limitations in detail with your guide prior to booking your trip.

As a way to promote the health and sustainability of our stocks, freshwater trips are generally catch-and-release. Your guide will be happy to prepare a shore-side lunch of your catch but we ask that anything that doesn’t become lunch stays in the water, where it will have the chance to add a few more pounds before your next trip!

If weather ever does become a limiting factor, some freshwater rivers and lakes can be accessed by boat via saltwater. Casting lessons, lay of the land assistance, fly or spinner choice assistance, or great fish stories are all part of the first-class service provided by our guides.
v Guides provide fly or spin gear, safety equipment, rain jacket, and flies and lures. Gore-Tex waders are also available by pre-arranging with the guide. Whether you take the advice of your guide or you dig through your own tackle box for something special, we’re certain that your once-in-a-lifetime Alaska freshwater fishing trip will turn into a frequent event!

Fish Availability

Alaska Freshwater Fish ChartSalmon hit our rivers around July (15th – 20th) and run until October.

Pinks and Chums are typically the first to show up. They can be found in mid July.

Silvers – A few streams get a run of silvers in mid July, but most streams do not get Silvers until September.

Sockeye – Sockeye show up in late July and run through the end of August. Grayling are available all summer.

Pricing: Prices are based on a 4 person minimum.

Check out our Alaskan Freshwater Fishing Packages