Alaska is well known all over the world for excellent fly fishing. So, it’s no wonder that each year anglers flock to the frontier state to catch a piece of the action. But once you decide to take a fishing trip to Alaska, where should you go to find the best fly fishing opportunities? There are countless options to choose from depending on which part of the state you’ll be visiting.
To make it easier to select your fishing location, check out the top fly fishing spots in Alaska.
Located in the southeast portion of the state, the Chilkat River is a prime spot for fly fishing salmon. All five types of Alaskan salmon are prevalent in the Chilkat including silver, red, and king salmon. Dolly varden, steelhead trout and cutthroat trout are also available. This area also serves as an important bald eagle habitat, so there may be eagles fishing along with you. The Chilkat River is near Skagway and Haines, so you can use either city as a base to fish from.
Running through the mountain ranges of southcentral Alaska, the Susitna River is another great place to go fly fishing. Some of the fish species available in the Sustina include rainbow trout, all types of Pacific salmon (like king, red and silver), arctic grayling and dolly varden. The Sustina is close to Anchorage, so you can get settled in the city and then take floatplane trips from there to the river.
By far the most famous river in Alaska, the Kenai is known for spectacular fly fishing – and for one fish species in particular, king salmon. The Kenai River is located in the southcentral part of Alaska and runs from Kenai Lake to Cook Inlet. King salmon, rainbow trout, silver salmon and red salmon can all be found in the area. Fishing for king salmon is the most popular sport at the river, and for good reason. Most of the largest recorded kings were caught in the Kenai River. The river is easily accessed by car and there are several towns that can be used as a base.
Kah Sheets Lake
In southeast Alaska lies the Kah Sheets Lake, which literally means “by the fisheries.” Kah Sheets is well known for fly fishing, particularly for Alaskan trout fishing. Cutthroat, rainbow, steelhead trout and dolly varden are all prevalent in the Kah Sheets. Other fish species available include red and silver salmon. The river is somewhat remote, so you’ll need to access it by floatplane. You can also rent a Forest Service cabin by the lake for a longer fishing trip.
Located in the southcentral part of the state, the Kasilof River is another spot for fly fishing. In the Kasilof you can find many of the same fish species that are available in the Kenai River, but the Kasilof has a much more relaxed atmosphere will less crowding. More popular fish species found are red salmon, steelhead trout, king salmon and silver salmon. The Kasilof can be reached by car, so you can use any number of Alaskan cities as a base.
There are so many great fly fishing spots in Alaska, the locations listed have just touched the tip of the iceberg. The last frontier is vast and teeming with fish ready for you to enjoy. No matter where you go fly fishing in Alaska, it’s sure to be an amazing experience. Happy fishing!