Alaska; When, Where, Why and What

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Alaska covers a huge area and it can be difficult to know and understand where you should be heading, why you should be heading there, what you should be targeting when you get there and when to travel to target what you want to target. These can change from lodge to lodge and that’s what we are there for – to help point you in the right direction.

However, for greater insight, please also take a look at our in-depth overview feature. Also, make sure to check out Steffan Jones’ trip report from his adventure there last autumn, which also provides further insight, click here for the report.

As a general synopsis of when to target what, the following will also be of use:

We could never cover all the reasons to visit Alaska in one post. However, one of our favourite reasons is the incredible species variety on offer to you throughout the season. Alaska presents the most diverse freshwater fishery, offering something for everyone, not matter what the experience level. To give an impression of what to expect throughout the season, the following is a rough guide:

  • June: Big, bright, king salmon, mingled in with amazingly aggressive chum salmon, along with rainbow trout, dolly varden and Arctic grayling, all hungry after the winter.


  • July: Easily the most diverse month of the season. King salmon continue to push though the beginning of the month while the chum run becomes even more prolific. Sockeye and pink salmon also make an appearance, along with a greater push of dolly varden and Arctic char. Massive rainbow trout continue to grow even bigger as the earliest run of the season’s salmon begin to break down. Silver salmon even start to show up at the end of the month.


  • August: Silver madness ensues! While at the same time, trout continue to gorge on salmon eggs and flesh, making for some of the best fishing for massive leopard rainbows of the season!


  • September: Silver salmon continue to push along with being a great period for the largest rainbows trout of the season – each year the largest trout of the season are caught during September.


For more information on Alaska or to make a booking please contact Steffan Jones or call +44(0)1980 847389.