Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters

Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters

Top Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishing Destinations

Best Chinook Salmon Fishing Charters in Alaska

Alaska: 81 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(27 reviews)
Kenai
trips from $150
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(40 reviews)
Juneau
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850
Kasilof
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trips from $224
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Homer
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $3,236

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
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27,943 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Chinook Salmon Fishing in Alaska

The weather can be sketchy in October. July through September are better for peak salmon season and more stable weather conditions
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The weather can be sketchy in October. July through September are better for peak salmon season and more stable weather conditions
REX  M.
REX M.
Make plans with your guide before booking your room. They may be able to help you find a good place and a better deal right in Cooper landing. I booked a room in Soldotna before I made fishing plans and spent a little extra time traveling. It wasn't too bad, but it would have been nicer to be right there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make plans with your guide before booking your room. They may be able to help you find a good place and a better deal right in Cooper landing. I booked a room in Soldotna before I made fishing plans and spent a little extra time traveling. It wasn't too bad, but it would have been nicer to be right there.
Kevin  G.
Kevin G. United States
First time salmon fishing and first time salmon fishing on the river. The fishing is sitting right off the bank anchored down while you lure is diving close to the bottom from the current. Just a lot of sitting waiting for a bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First time salmon fishing and first time salmon fishing on the river. The fishing is sitting right off the bank anchored down while you lure is diving close to the bottom from the current. Just a lot of sitting waiting for a bite.
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Anchorage, Alaska
Bring rain gear and wear layers. You never know what the weather will be like until you are out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring rain gear and wear layers. You never know what the weather will be like until you are out.
Sharra  S.
Sharra S. Seattle, Washington
Go in July and first part aug, unless you a resident of alaska, and yous this charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go in July and first part aug, unless you a resident of alaska, and yous this charter.
Kenneth  E.
Kenneth E. Anchorage, Alaska
Go with Noah and his crew...... very helpful, on the ball and committed to your having a good time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Noah and his crew...... very helpful, on the ball and committed to your having a good time
Kelley  E.
Kelley E. Eagle Mountain, UT
Bring a lunch, appropriate shoes and clothing and an eagerness to have fun.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring a lunch, appropriate shoes and clothing and an eagerness to have fun.
Glen  B.
Glen B. Kasilof, AK
Make it a priority to fish in Seward on your trip, it is an absolutely stunning setting and the fish did not disappoint.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make it a priority to fish in Seward on your trip, it is an absolutely stunning setting and the fish did not disappoint.
Julie  L.
Julie L. Seattle, WA
Don't be disappointed if you don't catch all the fish you expect to. So many variables with weather and conditions. Enjoy the experience of it all. The camaraderie, the scenery is wonderful, being out on the big water. Being able to go fishing in Alaska is a blessing, not a given.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Don't be disappointed if you don't catch all the fish you expect to. So many variables with weather and conditions. Enjoy the experience of it all. The camaraderie, the scenery is wonderful, being out on the big water. Being able to go fishing in Alaska is a blessing, not a given.
Susan  T.
Susan T. Ruth, MI
Plan on wet rainy weather. Temp is 58 to 60 deg. F, but feels like 70. wear a ball cap to keep the rain hood out of your face. Bring anything you like to drink with you ie: beer, whisky, etc....And the most important thing is to enjoy yourself!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan on wet rainy weather. Temp is 58 to 60 deg. F, but feels like 70. wear a ball cap to keep the rain hood out of your face. Bring anything you like to drink with you ie: beer, whisky, etc....And the most important thing is to enjoy yourself!
Paul  M.
Paul M. Meridian, ID
Being rain grear and waterproof boots, Don’t expect a guarantee to catch salmon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Being rain grear and waterproof boots, Don’t expect a guarantee to catch salmon.
Marie  P.
Marie P. Dalton Gardens, ID
This is surf fishing. We thought it was specific for halibut which is not true. Title of this fishing expedition needs to change. It was a great experience. We caught fish without sea sickness and if you need to go pee there is bathroom :) beautiful scenes to view while fishing. Take your chairs, coolers, relax, enjoy and have good time. My grandsons (10 & 13) recommend and so do we.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is surf fishing. We thought it was specific for halibut which is not true. Title of this fishing expedition needs to change. It was a great experience. We caught fish without sea sickness and if you need to go pee there is bathroom :) beautiful scenes to view while fishing. Take your chairs, coolers, relax, enjoy and have good time. My grandsons (10 & 13) recommend and so do we.
Lynne  K.
Lynne K. La Mesa, CA
Set back relax, enjoy the scenery and know that this operation will put you on fish. We seen whales, seals and eagles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Set back relax, enjoy the scenery and know that this operation will put you on fish. We seen whales, seals and eagles
Randy  J.
Randy J. Seattle, Washington
Prepare for rain but bring a short sleeved shirt just in case the sun comes out! Plenty of space to store your backpacks and coolers so if you think you may need it-bring it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Prepare for rain but bring a short sleeved shirt just in case the sun comes out! Plenty of space to store your backpacks and coolers so if you think you may need it-bring it.
Stacey  L.
Stacey L. Wasilla, AK
Allow enough time to get at least two good fishing days. Be prepared to spend 500.00 to 1000.00 on processing and shipping costs.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Allow enough time to get at least two good fishing days. Be prepared to spend 500.00 to 1000.00 on processing and shipping costs.
Paul  H.
Paul H.
Make sure you know what days correspond with the fish you desire to catch. For example, you are not allowed to keep Halibut on Wednesdays.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you know what days correspond with the fish you desire to catch. For example, you are not allowed to keep Halibut on Wednesdays.
John  D.
John D. Newton, AL
check the dates; mid to late july for reds, mid august for silvers. We went in between and it really didn't work out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
check the dates; mid to late july for reds, mid august for silvers. We went in between and it really didn't work out.
John  C.
John C. Atascadero, CA
Be prepared for cold and wet weather and listen to the captain and crew-they will do their best to guide you to catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for cold and wet weather and listen to the captain and crew-they will do their best to guide you to catch fish!
Stacey  L.
Stacey L. Wasilla, AK
Perfect time to catch salmon! We almost didn’t do and can’t believe we almost missed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Perfect time to catch salmon! We almost didn’t do and can’t believe we almost missed.
Stephanie  R.
Stephanie R. Seattle, Washington
Rain gear, be prepared for cooler weather....dont expect 100 pound halibut....take the good normal 30-50 pound ones if you get the opportunity....
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rain gear, be prepared for cooler weather....dont expect 100 pound halibut....take the good normal 30-50 pound ones if you get the opportunity....
Charles  Y.
Charles Y. Seattle, Washington

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