Fishing in Alaska
In addition to the animals you'll see on land, Alaska is home to hundreds of species of fish. Fishing is a very popular activity in this state, and because it is fairly easy to get a license, travelers can also enjoy it. If you're traveling by RV or Motorhome, fishing is especially easy because you can carry all of your equipment with you as you move from river to river looking for that one that got away. Here are some of the species you can see and catch in Alaska:
- Arctic Char: Found primarily in Alaska's lakes, the char has a black coloring with lighter spots. You can fish for Arctic Char in a number of regions in Alaska, especially the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island, and near Denali Park
- Salmon: There are many varieties of salmon in this state, including the Chinook Salmon, the Chum Salmon, the Coho Salmon, the Pink Salmon, and the Sockeye Salmon. Salmon migrate according to their breeding schedule, but there will be some kind of salmon in whatever area you're visiting no matter what time of year it is.
- Rainbow Trout: Before and after salmon come through Alaska's streams and rivers, the waters are filled with rainbow trout. These beautiful fish are common in the Bristol Bay area, as well as in many streams in southern Alaska.
There are a number of licenses available for nonresidents who are traveling through Alaska and wish to fish. You can even get just a 1-day sport fishing license for only $20! You can also purchase a 3-, 7-, or 14-day licenses for $35, $55, or $80, respectively. Or, if you plan to stay in Alaska for the entire summer, you can purchase an annual sport fishing license for $145. Get a hold of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for more information.