The Alaska road-trip season is fast approaching and as the snow melts the summer activities will begin. Fishing in Alaska is an adventure that many come back for year after year and one-time visitors remember forever. The Alaskan delicacy white fish “Halibut” really begin biting in May. We suggest heading to Whittier, Seward or Homer where you’ll not only catch Halibut, Ling Cod and Rock fish but you’ll witness the breathtaking landscape, awesome marine life and natural wildlife that walk the shores of the coast.
The King Salmon also begin running as early as May. These hard-fighting fish will make you sweat before you land one of them. The world record King Salmon was caught on the Kenai River in Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula and we suggest you start there.
The Sockeye (Red) Salmon follow the Kings and typically have two runs in the July timeframe. If you’re lucky enough to be in the river when a large run comes in you can almost walk across fish. Reds make for a delicious meal!
After the Reds come the Coho (Silver) Salmon which run in the August/September timeframe. These are another hard-fighting fish that attack your line in an aggressive manner. In 2012 from 11-19 August the town of Seward hosts the “Silver Salmon Derby” where the potential prize is $50,000.
The other gem of the Kenai Peninsula is the Rainbow Trout. These monsters can easily exceed 28” on a consistent basis and put on “one hell of a fight!!” If you love to fly fish you don’t want to miss this opportunity.
If getting off the beaten path is more your style there are thousands of small lakes and streams that are accessible from the roads or by hiking in on the trails. Dolly Varden, Grayling, and Northern Pike are abundant amongst the northern waters.
What ties this entire fishing adventure together perfectly is a van from Northwest Van Campers. It allows you to set up your base camp while you catch any or all of the above. Once you get back to your home on the road you’ll be able to prepare a delicious meal while you relax under the midnight sun. Plan your fishing adventure now!
Check out our Facebook page for pictures of previous year’s catch.