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82 Fishing Charters

Alaska Fishing Charters

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Alaska: 82 fishing charters available

Jason’s Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(37 reviews)
Cooper Landing
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

Red Door Charters – Debra Kay (6)

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Homer
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $2,805

Red Door Charters - Ravyness (6)

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(61 reviews)
Homer
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $2,804

Outgoing Angling – Alaska

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Soldotna
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Hi Time Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(42 reviews)
Juneau
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Discovery Charters

Kodiak Station
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Big Jim’s Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(24 reviews)
Juneau
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Alaska Outdoors Addiction

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Talkeetna
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $150

Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(89 reviews)
Soldotna
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $200

Kachemak King Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(67 reviews)
Homer
 Instant Confirmation

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Alaska

The average price for a private 4 hour Alaska fishing trip is $868, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,686 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Jason’s Guide Service, Red Door Charters – Debra Kay (6), and Red Door Charters - Ravyness (6) are some of the most popular fishing charters in Alaska. Full list of top fishing charters in Alaska.

Jason’s Guide Service, Red Door Charters – Debra Kay (6), and Red Door Charters - Ravyness (6) all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Alaska.

The most popular fish species you can target are Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Halibut. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and jigging. River fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Alaska is a land with many names and even more opportunities, including some of the finest fishing in the United States. Anglers here can take their pick of more than 3,000 rivers, 3 million lakes, and 34,000 miles of coastline. Cast your line in any of them and you might hook into all five species of Pacific Salmon, Trout, Dolly Varden, Lingcod, Rockfish, and some of the biggest Halibut in the world. From family vacations to an angler’s wilderness getaway, Alaska fishing charters and guides will help you experience this “Great Land” like never before.

Alaska Fishing Spots

The angling opportunities here are so abundant that Alaska’s Department of Fish and Wildlife had to classify the state into five regions. Even the most experienced of local anglers couldn’t honestly tell you where to find the best fishing in Alaska, with so many places competing for first and others that are yet to be discovered. However, a few destinations stand out from the rest. Whether you came here for the fishing itself or would just like to try your hand at it while passing through, these destinations promise an unforgettable day on the water.

Anchorage

Both highway accessible and budget friendly, there’s no better place to test the waters than Anchorage. You may not find the most spectacular fishing in the state while you’re here, but the local waters can produce excellent catches, which makes this a great place to begin your Alaska fishing vacation.

The area’s creeks and lakes are often crowded with anglers eager to hook into Salmon and Trout, especially on fly rod. In winter, you can enjoy excellent ice fishing on local lakes, with a chance to catch Northern Pike, Grayling, Arctic Charr, and even landlocked Salmon. If you’re looking to escape the fishing pressure, however, you’re better off heading to one of Alaska’s secluded fishing lodges.

The Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula is easily one of the top fishing destinations on this side of the States. Anglers here have relatively easy access to a wide variety of opportunities. The Kenai River alone is one of Alaska’s most visited fisheries, known for monster King Salmon and a handful of IGFA line-class world records. Summer is the prime time to fish here for Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden, as well as Silver (Coho), Pink (Humpback), and Red (Sockeye) Salmon.

Other notable rivers on the peninsula include the Russian River, Moose River, Kasilof River, Anchor River, and Deep Creek.

The Kenai Peninsula also hosts a number of saltwater fishing fleets in Homer, Seward, and Whittier. Local charter boats fish the Prince William Sound for Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish, and Salmon Shark, as well as Dungeness and King Crab when in season. Hardcore Halibut lovers need look no further than Homer, the self-proclaimed “Halibut Capital of the World,” where anglers land record-breaking “barn door” Halis.

Kodiak Island

Located southwest of the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island boasts one of Alaska’s most productive fishing fleets. This port stays busy year-round, with regular inbound flights to keep its world class fishery accessible to visiting anglers. The main focus here is bottom fishing for Lingcod, Rockfish, and Halibut, as well as crabbing.

Of the island’s many rivers, the Karluk is a top tourist destination, featuring Salmon, Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, and Dolly Varden. It’s not uncommon for anglers to spot Brown bears fishing for Salmon in some of the same spots.

Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska has its own collection of rivers, lakes, and abundant coastline. Regular flights and ferries carry anglers to Juneau, Ketchikan, and other coastal towns with access to Salmon, Lingcod, and some of the best Halibut fishing Alaska has to offer.

Freshwater anglers will have a field day fishing the Situk River, one of southeast Alaska’s premier fishing holes. A handful of lesser known creeks and rivers also offer good fishing, with Chum, Pink, and Silver Salmon, Dolly Varden, Rainbow Trout, and sea-run Cutthroat Trout. 

Dense forestry, frequent rainfall, and relatively few roads make this leg of the state a little harder visiting anglers to navigate, so hiring a local fishing guide when you arrive is recommended.

Remote Fishing Destinations

If you can hear the great Alaskan wilderness calling your name, some of the state’s more secluded fishing alleys should be right up your alley. Rivers and lakes scattered throughout the farthest reaches of this land offer superb freshwater fishing, accompanied by little no fishing pressure. Chief among them are the Susitna River Drainage, The Lake Clark and Wood River regions, and the Alaska Peninsula. If you’re aiming as far from the beaten path as possible, set your sights on Brooks Range.

Many of these areas are only accessible by boat, float plane, or airplane, but this is a small obstacle for determined anglers. A variety of Alaska fishing lodges cater to those who are willing to make this journey to paradise. If you’re in the market for a hassle-free experience, you’ll find plenty of all inclusive fishing packages designed to offer guided fishing, meals, and lodging. 

Alaska Fishing Styles

Fly fishing is a favorite among freshwater anglers looking to catch Salmon and Trout in Alaska’s lakes, rivers, and streams. For those who choose spinning or conventional tackle instead, backtrolling and drifting roe tend to be the methods of choice when targeting Salmon.

Saltwater Salmon fishing in Alaska takes on many forms, including trolling, mooching, and jigging. It’s common to use downriggers since these fish swim deep down. Live Herring is one of the most popular baits for Salmon.

You can target Halibut, Rockfish, and Lingcod by bottom fishing with baits or jigs. Anglers in Alaska have honed their Halibut fishing skills for generations, and many guides have a trick or two up their sleeves when it comes to catching this flatfish. A basic rule of thumb is to rely on bait with a strong odor, such as Herring or Salmon belly. Some anglers drop chum near the bottom to attract these scent-feeding fish toward the bait.

Need to Know

Alaska fishing charters typically do not provide licenses for their customers. Residents 18 years and older (or non-residents 16 and older) can buy a saltwater or freshwater fishing license online. Anglers harvesting King Salmon also need to buy a special stamp.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife defines local regulations based on five regions, each with their own rules and pamphlets. Once you know where you plan on fishing, you can read the regional regulations.

Some species like Halibut and Lingcod are not always open to harvest. Fishing pressure in AK’s top destinations has led many anglers to practice catch-and-release, so be sure to check with your guide ahead of time if you plan on keeping your catch.

Alaska
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 25017 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Picture Alaska in winter and you probably imagine nothing but ice! Just below the ice are delicious surprises, however, including Charr, Grayling, and Northern Pike. If you’re game, try ice fishing with a local guide.

February

Hardcore fly anglers can make the most of February by targeting Steelhead and other Trout species in one of many rivers and streams. Be wary of the weather, since this can limit transportation.

March

Spring is coming, but the prime season for saltwater fishing is still months away. Those who do venture offshore at this time of year have to keep an eye on the weather forecast.

April

Saltwater fishing can be quite good in April, with a decent chance of landing Halibut, Rockfish, and even King Salmon in some places like Homer.

May

Salmon fishing is heating up in Alaska! Kings are the first to arrive in May, with some of the biggest appearing in the Kenai River.

June

Bottom fishing is excellent in June, when Halibut and Rockfish are at their peak. Lingcod may not be open to harvest yet, depending on where you fish.

July

Alaska’s summer fishing season is in full swing, with an abundance of King, Silver, Sockeye, and Chum Salmon swimming in local waters. Look for Pink Salmon in years that end in an even number.

August

Late summer is one of the best times to cast your line in Alaska, with Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish, and Salmon biting vigorously along the coast. Anglers fishing the rivers will also find more variety than ever.

September

Freshwater fishing is excellent in autumn, with Northern Pike, Grayling, and Lake Trout at their peak. In some areas, Salmon fishing is still strong.

October

Charter boats in some towns start shutting down for the winter, but others continue bottom fishing for Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish when the weather allows.

November

Local lakes are freezing over and that means it’s ice fishing season again! Come carve a hole and drop a line for Northern Pike, Grayling, and Charr, or try your luck in a local river for Trout.

December

Alaska’s winter season continues, with the most determined anglers heading to frozen lakes for ice fishing or local streams for some light tackle and fly action.

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Wear warm clothing, bring lunch or snacks. Listen to the Captain for safety instructions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear warm clothing, bring lunch or snacks. Listen to the Captain for safety instructions.
Joseph  D.
Joseph D. Homer, AK
Fun Chum Charters teaches you how to fish for salmon. And provides rod, tackle, and rain gear. You need no experience or knowledge, they walk you through everything.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fun Chum Charters teaches you how to fish for salmon. And provides rod, tackle, and rain gear. You need no experience or knowledge, they walk you through everything.
Michael  A.
Michael A. Seattle, WA
Make sure to book during one of the salmon runs. The guide was great but the but the fishing was hard.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure to book during one of the salmon runs. The guide was great but the but the fishing was hard.
Ira  S.
Ira S. Rockwall, TX
Don't look at the weather forecast. The weater called for rain all three days we were in Seward and we got gorgeous weather with calm waters!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't look at the weather forecast. The weater called for rain all three days we were in Seward and we got gorgeous weather with calm waters!!!!
Michelle  B.
Michelle B. United States
I was successful on my first time. Halibut are easier to catch than salmon. I met a few fishermen in Seward that were unsuccessful so I am glad I drove to Homer. For the nonfisher people in your party consider booking in advance a flight from Homer to Katnai to see the bears catch salmon. My wife was disappointed that all flights to Katnai were full.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I was successful on my first time. Halibut are easier to catch than salmon. I met a few fishermen in Seward that were unsuccessful so I am glad I drove to Homer. For the nonfisher people in your party consider booking in advance a flight from Homer to Katnai to see the bears catch salmon. My wife was disappointed that all flights to Katnai were full.
John  S.
John S. Snohomish, WA
Maybe. Check the tides. Call in advance and ask your guide what days have the best fishing tides and plan your trip around that
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Maybe. Check the tides. Call in advance and ask your guide what days have the best fishing tides and plan your trip around that
Corey  L.
Corey L. United States
Capt Luke and Gavin were a lot of fun. This was a great trip eventhough we did not catch any king salmon. Highly recommend.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Capt Luke and Gavin were a lot of fun. This was a great trip eventhough we did not catch any king salmon. Highly recommend.
Jill  M.
Jill M. United States
I would recommend them get hooked up with Captain Cory so they can have the fishing experience they will love.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend them get hooked up with Captain Cory so they can have the fishing experience they will love.
Renee  H.
Renee H. United States
I went fishing for halibut and silver salmon, I caught one halibut and two salmons. I had great time.
Good
2.3 / 5
I went fishing for halibut and silver salmon, I caught one halibut and two salmons. I had great time.
Roberto  V.
Roberto V. Anchorage, AK
Bring binoculars so you can see all the fish jumping at a distance because there are a lot of them, and bring your muscles because you're going to need them, they put up a pretty good fight.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring binoculars so you can see all the fish jumping at a distance because there are a lot of them, and bring your muscles because you're going to need them, they put up a pretty good fight.
Mark  A.
Mark A. Omaha, NE
Book with this company. Well stocked boat,clean restroom, comfortable seats and not one bit smelly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with this company. Well stocked boat,clean restroom, comfortable seats and not one bit smelly.
Lorraine  V.
Lorraine V. Sumter, SC
If you are fishing in homer for the first time be prepared to fish in the rain. Even if you tell your kids pack for colder weather and rain, make sure they packed rain gear
Excellent
4.3 / 5
If you are fishing in homer for the first time be prepared to fish in the rain. Even if you tell your kids pack for colder weather and rain, make sure they packed rain gear
Joseph  E.
Joseph E. United States
Buy your license at Fred Meyer...very easy. If you catch a king salmon you will not be able to fish for the rest of the trip, but you can enjoy the boat ride.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Buy your license at Fred Meyer...very easy. If you catch a king salmon you will not be able to fish for the rest of the trip, but you can enjoy the boat ride.
Dennis  R.
Dennis R. Vancouver, WA
Work on strengthening your biceps..Cause these salmon give you a run for your money....
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Work on strengthening your biceps..Cause these salmon give you a run for your money....
Tammy  H.
Tammy H. Centralia, WA
Do it and have fun... be flexible... we caught a 40 inch Halibut, had to release it as sport fishing guidelines the halibut has to be 38 inches or less. Salmon wasn't running, so went for Rockfish. Which were more plentiful and good for tacos. We did not have fish sent back, kept it and grilled some and froze the rest. Stayed at private residence in Juneau so could do that.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it and have fun... be flexible... we caught a 40 inch Halibut, had to release it as sport fishing guidelines the halibut has to be 38 inches or less. Salmon wasn't running, so went for Rockfish. Which were more plentiful and good for tacos. We did not have fish sent back, kept it and grilled some and froze the rest. Stayed at private residence in Juneau so could do that.
Marjorie  F.
Marjorie F. Juneau, AK
If you really want to catch fish. You need at least a few days. with 1 day ,do not complain about no fish result (target is King salmon.)
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you really want to catch fish. You need at least a few days. with 1 day ,do not complain about no fish result (target is King salmon.)
Yoshi  S.
Yoshi S. Fort Payne, AL
Stick to halibut and other deep water fish if Captain knows salmon are slow
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Stick to halibut and other deep water fish if Captain knows salmon are slow
Jim  G.
Jim G. Saint Paul, MN
Good charters fill up early, but weather is unpredictable. Gear up for it. I'm a Scout so like to be prepared. Rain gear, waterproof boots, layers, sunscreen, gloves, Dramamine, barf bag. Plan for 10-15 degrees cooler on the water than the shore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good charters fill up early, but weather is unpredictable. Gear up for it. I'm a Scout so like to be prepared. Rain gear, waterproof boots, layers, sunscreen, gloves, Dramamine, barf bag. Plan for 10-15 degrees cooler on the water than the shore.
Sam  A.
Sam A. Parker, CO
Get there early so you are not rushed. You can get breakfast before you go out. Bring a camera for all the sites,Whittier and Prince William Sound is beautiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get there early so you are not rushed. You can get breakfast before you go out. Bring a camera for all the sites,Whittier and Prince William Sound is beautiful.
James  S.
James S. Gig Harbor, WA
Fishing in June is great because we got there before the big tourist season and didn’t have to fight the croweds.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in June is great because we got there before the big tourist season and didn’t have to fight the croweds.
Travis  B.
Travis B. Homer, AK

ChasingTales Alaska
ChasingTales Alaska
Fishing charter in Sterling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Weather didn’t fully cooperate but even in the cold rain, we had a great time. William was a wonderful Captain and Jackson the furry black lab was a great guide. He enjoyed watching the fish get reeled in. William was patient teaching us how to fly fish and was fun to spend an afternoon with. Great Alaskan adventure. We’ll be back! Great communications as well.
Kay  C.
Kay C. Fuquay-Varina, NC
Fishhound Expeditions LLC
Fishhound Expeditions LLC
Fishing charter in Willow
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Shane was a great guide, gave us lots of good fly-fishing tips! Thank you, definitely recommend!
Teresa  K.
Teresa K. Grand Rapids, MN
Alaskan Adventure Guides
Alaskan Adventure Guides
Fishing charter in Homer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
The day out on the water with Capt Corey was stellar even without having a second mate on board. Everyone caught fish and there were quite a few keepers - salmon were not in the cards but it was still a great day
Beth  S.
Beth S. Crystal River, FL
Five Dogs Fishing
Five Dogs Fishing
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
I would highly recommend this guide service to everyone. We had the best time!!
Rory  M.
Rory M. Spearfish, SD
Kachemak King Fishing Charters
Kachemak King Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Homer
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(67 reviews)
A long run out followed by the fastest halibut limit in all my alaska fishing trips. Less than 45 minutes and we were done. Outstanding day on the water. Would strongly recommend these guys to anyone interested in a trip out of Homer
John  G.
John G. Genoa, OH
Big Butt Charters - Captain Josh
Big Butt Charters - Captain Josh
Fishing charter in Homer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(141 reviews)
Would recommend this fishing charter to anyone. Halibut early and King Salmon after. Couldn’t ask for a better captain. Seemed to know right where the fish would be. Boat was clean and well taken care of. Thanks Josh!
Matthew  Y.
Matthew Y. Felton, PA
King of the River – Powerboat
King of the River – Powerboat
Fishing charter in Kenai
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Don’t hesitate to book Dean. We had an amazing day on the water! Would book this experience again!
Rory  M.
Rory M. Spearfish, SD
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Peninsula Sportfishing – Kenai River
Fishing charter in Soldotna
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
The fish may have not been cooperating but Capt Jared didn’t give up. I caught my first salmon in the last few minuted of the day - all thanks to efforts of our guide. What a great way to celebrate my 61st birthday! Both the boat and equipment were very well maintained and I would definitely recommend this excursion to anyone!
Beth  S.
Beth S. Crystal River, FL
Chick Charters
Chick Charters
Fishing charter in Ketchikan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Great time and a super Captain. Sandra worked hard and put us on fish. I would HIGHLY recommend Captain Sandra and Chick Charters
Larry  K.
Larry K. Lee's Summit, MO
King of the River – Powerboat
King of the River – Powerboat
Fishing charter in Kenai
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
We had an absolute blast on the boat with Eric! Great day fishing and my wife pulled in her first ever silvers! Planning many more trips with Eric!
Cambry  C.
Cambry C. Seattle, Washington
Five Dogs Fishing
Five Dogs Fishing
Fishing charter in Cooper Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
So thankful that we had Dallen. My dad is slow going and my uncle is a cranky know it all and Dallen was super patient and kind. He was knowledgeable and safe. We had an amazing time even though I can't cast to save my life🤓
Kim  S.
Kim S. Anchor Point, Alaska
Chick Charters
Chick Charters
Fishing charter in Ketchikan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Sandra went far above and beyond to show my Son and I a great time. Her help went beyond the trip to suggestions for places to see and go to eat while in Ketchikan. Top notch and a very nice lady and good person!
Robert  M.
Robert M. Issaquah, WA
Anchor Down Sportfishing
Anchor Down Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Seward
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(222 reviews)
Captain Bob put us on the fish almost immediately. Everyone on the boat caught fish, most caught limit. A fun captain and mate made this trip special.
Timothy  B.
Timothy B. Burnsville, MN
Anchor Down Sportfishing
Anchor Down Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Seward
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(222 reviews)
Captain and crew were awesome—helpful/attentive and busted their butts for all of us! Had never done this type of fishing before and can’t wait to do it again
Gregg  C.
Gregg C. McKinney, TX
Anchor Down Sportfishing
Anchor Down Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Seward
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(222 reviews)
Had a fabulous experience with these guys! Highly recommend!! Will go again if I get to come back to Seward!!
William  H.
William H. Seward, Alaska
King of the River – Powerboat
King of the River – Powerboat
Fishing charter in Kenai
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Dean is the top. He is super professional. His boat is top notch, clean, and well organized. With Dean it seemed everything just ran so smooth. Even though looking around I didn't see many fish being caught, our group caught nice fish. If you are going out on the river and need a guide, go with King of the River. If he has any openings.
Daniel  R.
Daniel R. Andover, MN
King of the River – Powerboat
King of the River – Powerboat
Fishing charter in Kenai
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
We had a blast, the captain and deck hand were very helpful and patient with us. Caught fish and made memories!
Jed  K.
Jed K. Alva, FL
Alaska Affordable Adventures
Alaska Affordable Adventures
Fishing charter in Ketchikan
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
We love to fish and couldn’t leave Alaska without having tried to catch something. We knew with the short amount of time we had on our cruise stop and it being the end of the season our chances were not real good. Anthony took us to a few areas until we found two big ones. Had a blast, crew very experienced and knowledgeable, and even took the time to let us see some whales nearby. Just wished we could have booked the whole day. Definitely hope to fish with them again. Angie
Angela  S.
Angela S. Humboldt, TN
Secret Waters Guide Service
Secret Waters Guide Service
Fishing charter in Kenai
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
Was a great day and experience on the water. Was able to hook up and land my biggest salmon to date with a great guide and good people to share the boat with.
Daniel  C.
Daniel C. Turnerville, WY
King of the River – Powerboat
King of the River – Powerboat
Fishing charter in Kenai
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(118 reviews)
We had a great time with Capt. Dean & Wade. Both were friendly, knowledgeable and did their best to get some fish on. Slow day out there but didn’t leave empty handed. Would certainly fish with them again!
Jason  E.
Jason E. Meridian, ID