Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters

Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters

Top Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishing Destinations

Best Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters in Alaska

Chinook Salmon Fishing in Alaska

Chinook Salmon
  • Size 10-50 lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Inshore, Lake, River, Nearshore

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Nothing says “Alaska” like Salmon, and there’s a reason why this fish has become such an icon of the Great Land. Of all the Pacific species, King (Chinook) Salmon are the biggest. Naturally, they don’t make them any bigger than right here in the nation’s largest state, where some Kings reach up to 100 lbs or more!

Each year, local waters grow crowded with anglers who are eager to try their hand at King Salmon fishing in Alaska. Peak season generally runs from March to September, but some towns have access to this fish year-round. Many also get runs of Silver (Coho), Sockeye (Red), Chum, and Pink (Humpback) Salmon in late summer. With such variety at your fingertips, it’s no wonder why Alaska earned its reputation for world class Salmon fishing.

Top Salmon Fishing Spots in Alaska

The Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai River

The Kenai River is famous for its Salmon, including a 97 lb, 4 oz King that set the rod-and-reel world record in 1985. This river consistently produces the biggest Salmon in Alaska, which means some of the best fighting action in the state. It’s also one of few rivers in the world where you can find all five Pacific Salmon species. Most Kenai River Salmon fishing trips launch out of Cooper Landing, a two-hour drive from Anchorage. 

Seward and Homer

Anglers on the Kenai Peninsula also have access to some of the state’s finest saltwater Salmon fishing. Charters out of Homer target ocean Salmon year-round, including a resident King Salmon population and other species in summer. Trips out of Seward feature excellent fishing accompanied by breathtaking scenery and wildlife viewing.

South Central Alaska

Anchorage

Just north of the Kenai Peninsula sits Anchorage, a premier destination for light tackle and fly fishermen eager to experience the King Salmon fishing Alaska is famous for. You can find some decent opportunities around town, but serious anglers often catch a plane here and head elsewhere for one of the state’s iconic fly-in fishing experiences in remote wilderness.

Talkeetna

Various rivers in Talkeetna (two hours north of Anchorage) offer even more chances to hook into all five Salmon species. If you’re aiming for an experience of Kenai River proportions, Talkeetna is the next best thing. The Salmon in these parts aren’t as big as those in the Kenai, but there are twice as many of them.

Southeast Alaska

Yakutat

If you’re hoping to escape the fishing pressure in southcentral Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula, head southeast instead. At the top of this region is Yakutat, a small town off the beaten path made accessible by daily jet service. This hidden treasure boasts all five Salmon species close to shore.

Sitka

Continuing south brings you to Sitka, another small town with big opportunities. You’ll find Salmon here in both fresh and saltwater. Local Saltwater Salmon give Alaskan Halibut a run for their money, often exceeding 100 lbs in size. Several species grace the local rivers, along with Trout and Grayling.

Ketchikan

Ketchikan boasts plenty of Salmon and almost as many lakes, streams, and creeks where you can catch them. Located at the far south of Alaska’s southeast region, this town is a popular stopping point for cruises. You can also fly in from Anchorage or Seattle.

How to Fish for Salmon

There are many ways to fish for Salmon, whether you cast your line in the ocean or one of Alaska’s many lakes and streams. You can target these fish in local rivers using spinning, conventional, or fly fishing gear. Many anglers backtroll and drift roe.

Saltwater Salmon fishing usually involves trolling or “mooching,” a form of drift fishing that offers a more hands-on experience. It’s common to use downriggers since these fish swim relatively deep in the ocean. In some cases, you may also jig. Live and cut-plug Herring are the most common baits.

Alaska Salmon Fishing Trips

Salmon fishing in Alaska is in high demand, and you’ll find no shortage of guides who are ready supply their expertise. The best time to plan your trip is usually from May through August, when you’ll have a chance to catch King Salmon in addition to other species. In accessible locations like Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula, you can book a trip for several hours or a full day.

For serious anglers, a variety of Alaska Salmon fishing lodges offer multi-day packages in more remote locations. These often include gear, a guide, meals, and lodging. Some packages also include flights in from Anchorage and may offer to clean your catch and package it for shipping.

Resident anglers age 18 and above (or non residents 16 and above) must purchase an AK fishing license, whether fishing in freshwater or saltwater. A single day license costs about $20 (price subject to change).

You also need to buy a King Salmon stamp. Residents can buy an annual stamp for $10 and non-residents can buy a single day stamp for $15 (prices subject to change).

Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Chinook Salmon fishing in Alaska varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to August. Low season is January to February and October to December. There is no closed season.
Alaska
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Based on 28,936 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Chinook Salmon Fishing in Alaska

The fishing was fantastic and the crew of Captian Paul and Bub on the Yanichk were fantastic.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing was fantastic and the crew of Captian Paul and Bub on the Yanichk were fantastic.
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka
Blue Ice Alaska Charters – Yanichka
I would recommend booking your fishing trip in later July or August. You may have a better chance at catching salmon. We were in Juneau for a wedding, so we were there in June. We still caught halibut, but if you want a combination try for the later summer months.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend booking your fishing trip in later July or August. You may have a better chance at catching salmon. We were in Juneau for a wedding, so we were there in June. We still caught halibut, but if you want a combination try for the later summer months.
Big Jim’s Charters
Big Jim’s Charters
Would like to say great- but, the fish get there on their own time. No fault of your guid
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Would like to say great- but, the fish get there on their own time. No fault of your guid
Scout Lake Adventures
Scout Lake Adventures
Reach out to Jake, he is very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reach out to Jake, he is very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions.
Jake's Saltwater Adventures – FV Nauti Nellie
Jake's Saltwater Adventures – FV Nauti Nellie
Book with these guys! Book longer trips or more trips. You won’t regret it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with these guys! Book longer trips or more trips. You won’t regret it.
King Salmon Fishing Near Anchorage, AK!
King Salmon Fishing Near Anchorage, AK!
We enjoyed the beautiful boat. It had an inside cabin that was heated. It also has a flush toilet-important to a female such as myself!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We enjoyed the beautiful boat. It had an inside cabin that was heated. It also has a flush toilet-important to a female such as myself!
Go Time Charters
Go Time Charters
If there is time in their vacation, rent a pole down for $10 by the marina, there’s a salmon inlet where anglers try their luck. I’ve seen some big kings taken from the inlet. Also it’s cheaper to buy food from the Safeway than eating at the restaurants. Most of the restaurants have great food but I think they’re a little over priced.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If there is time in their vacation, rent a pole down for $10 by the marina, there’s a salmon inlet where anglers try their luck. I’ve seen some big kings taken from the inlet. Also it’s cheaper to buy food from the Safeway than eating at the restaurants. Most of the restaurants have great food but I think they’re a little over priced.
Homer Fishing Addiction
Homer Fishing Addiction
Dress appropriately. It will be colder once you're on the water and you'll be out there all day. And if possible wear rubber boots
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately. It will be colder once you're on the water and you'll be out there all day. And if possible wear rubber boots
Alaskan Widespread Fishing Adventures
Alaskan Widespread Fishing Adventures
Don’t be fooled- fishing in June can be chillier than you think! Being an extra coat and gloves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t be fooled- fishing in June can be chillier than you think! Being an extra coat and gloves.
Heaven’s Gate Charters
Heaven’s Gate Charters
Bring lots of extra clothes, winds on the ocean can be pretty cool and intense.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of extra clothes, winds on the ocean can be pretty cool and intense.
Homer Fishing Adventures – Black Pearl
Homer Fishing Adventures – Black Pearl
I would recommend going out later in the month of June. Water conditions were that of late May on the river, likely due to the late snowmelt.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend going out later in the month of June. Water conditions were that of late May on the river, likely due to the late snowmelt.
King Salmon Fishing Near Anchorage, AK!
King Salmon Fishing Near Anchorage, AK!
Check the weather forecastand be aware of how rough the seas may be. If you get easily sea sick, be prepared!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather forecastand be aware of how rough the seas may be. If you get easily sea sick, be prepared!
Jake's Saltwater Adventures – FV Nauti Nellie
Jake's Saltwater Adventures – FV Nauti Nellie
It was chilly and overcast. Definitely dress warm. The boat I was on wasn't real wide so it will wobble. Just sit back, pay attention and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was chilly and overcast. Definitely dress warm. The boat I was on wasn't real wide so it will wobble. Just sit back, pay attention and have fun!
King Salmon Fishing Near Anchorage, AK!
King Salmon Fishing Near Anchorage, AK!
Best excursion during our cruise!!! Excellent customer service. Dress warm.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Best excursion during our cruise!!! Excellent customer service. Dress warm.
Reel Alaska Fishing Charters 1-5px
Reel Alaska Fishing Charters 1-5px
Bring rain coat, warm layers and good attitude:) also bring snack and drinks- we never really needed them, but for some people it might be important. We had too much fun catching fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring rain coat, warm layers and good attitude:) also bring snack and drinks- we never really needed them, but for some people it might be important. We had too much fun catching fish!
Discover Alaskan Adventures
Discover Alaskan Adventures
Book a trip with Captain Sandra on the Scarlet Grace! You won’t regret it!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Sandra on the Scarlet Grace! You won’t regret it!
Chick Charters
Chick Charters
Wear layers of clothes for most comfort. Easy parking, enjoyed spending half a day in Homer.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Wear layers of clothes for most comfort. Easy parking, enjoyed spending half a day in Homer.
Heaven’s Gate Charters
Heaven’s Gate Charters
If fishing in May, be prepared not to catch any salmon. But the other fish make up for it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If fishing in May, be prepared not to catch any salmon. But the other fish make up for it!
Heaven’s Gate Charters
Heaven’s Gate Charters
This would be a great trip for a first time fisherman that wants to experience reeling in a fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This would be a great trip for a first time fisherman that wants to experience reeling in a fish
Alaskan Widespread Fishing – Power Boat
Alaskan Widespread Fishing – Power Boat
Fishing in May is hit and miss. Catch and release fishing and it’s still early for salmon. However, the weather was comfortable and the waters were very navigable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in May is hit and miss. Catch and release fishing and it’s still early for salmon. However, the weather was comfortable and the waters were very navigable.
Fishhound Expeditions LLC
Fishhound Expeditions LLC

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