Fishing in Southcentral Alaska

Southcentral Alaska

The southcentral region, Region II, is coastal wilderness that is full of fiords, bays, lakes and rivers that are bordered by rainforest and beautiful mountains. This region is the most populated, and has some of the state’s most famous fishing areas. The coastal waters and watershed run just east of the Copper River to the Bristol Bay. When in the southcentral region, your view will mostly be of the mountains. You will get a lot of rain in the summertime and plenty of snow in the winter.

Anchorage, Alaska is in Region II, and happens to account for more than 40% of the state’s population. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport serves as transportation for fisherman planning trips to places that are not accessible by boat or car. Even though you might have to use a plane to certain corners of this region, it happens to contain the most public roads.
In the marine waters you will be able to find:

  • Shrimp
  • Claims
  • Crab
  • Cod
  • Halibut
  • And all five species of Salmon

Most fishermen find themselves wanting to fish in the Bristol Bay which house the world’s best sockeye salmon fishery. All five species of Alaska’s pacific salmon run here in great numbers, but the fishermen are really here to try to catch the trophy rainbow trout that happen to attain great weight. They can even catch lake trout, northern pike, Arctic char, and grayling. You will be sure to have great adventures in Region II.

Fishing in Southeast Alaska

When you are fishing in Alaska, you are sure to have one amazing experience. Not only is the fishing wonderful, but you will enjoy the scenery around you when you are out on the water fishing. If you are lucky, you might even be able to catch some of the giant halibut that is swimming in the Alaskan water. The state fish is the King Salmon, and you might be able to catch one that may be over 50 pounds. It is not uncommon to catch one of these large King Salmon. You can also find rainbow trout, grayling, and northern pike in most inland streams.


If you are doing you fishing in Anchorage area of South central Alaska, most of it will be accessible by the roads. If you would like to fish along the Inside Passage of southeast, having a boat will be the best bet. Charter boats can be available for individual or group fishing parties. There are also air taxis and charter services for when a car or a boat will not be able to get you to the area that you would like to enjoy your fishing experience in. Planes will be needed when you are trying to get to Southwestern and Northern Alaska. When taking a plane for transportation you can do one day trips, or even stay at a lodge and handle your trips by them. There are a large amount of packages that you can choose from when it comes to flying transportation for your fishing trip.

Southeast Alaska

The southeast is known as the “panhandle”. This region of Alaska is the closet to the rest of the United States. The southeast includes over 1,000 islands just offshore westward from the mainland.  Most of the land in southeast Alaska is the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States. The land in this region is full of deep fiords, streams going through the mountains, and glaciers.

When fishing in this region you will be able to catch all five species of Pacific salmon, halibut, and lingcod. Several different species of trout will also be available to you. A wide variety of bottom fish are available, as are shrimp and crab in some waters. There are opportunities for both freshwater and saltwater shoreline fishing for salmon near most cities and towns.

Fishing for southeast Alaska cutthroat trout, halibut, king and coho salmon, and steelhead is very popular in this region. On document, there are over 330 streams that house runs of wild steelhead. One of the most popular rivers in this region is the Situk River. The Situk River has the state’s largest steelhead run. It averages over 7,000 steelheads per year. This river also houses all four species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, and cutthroat trout.