Places to go fishing in Alaska
Alaska is absolutely beautiful and one of the most unique places on earth to fish. There are so many freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and creeks to fish for salmon, trout, char, and more. The saltwater (coastal) area Alaska covers over 6,600 miles and has plenty of salmon, rockfish, lingcod and, of course, HUGE halibut. Alaska is a perfect place to go for your next fishing adventure.
For a list of licenses, fees and where to buy, see our Alaska Fishing License page.
The locations below are listed alphabetically and just a sampling of the many places to go fishing and some of the species you can catch in Alaska.
Freshwater Places To Go Fishing In Alaska
Beach Lake: This beautiful lake is 90 acres and home to the Artic Grayling and landlocked Chinook Salmon. According to the Alaska DFG, it is best fished from a boat or conoe. It is located off Glenn Hwy and South Birchwood Loop Rd.
Popular Fish To Catch: Arctic Graying, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout
Birch Lake: This lake is roughly 841 acres in size with a max depth of about 49 feet. It is off Hwy 2, southeast of Fairbanks by about 50 miles. The lake has been regularly stocked with fish since 1966 and is popular for ice fishing in the winter.
Popular Fish To Catch: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike
Campbell Point Lake: This lake is on the smaller side at around 8.6 acres. It is located in Kincaid Park, Anchorage off Highway 1 and is a fantastic little fishery.
Popular Fish To Catch: Chinook Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon, Arctic Char
Harding Lake: At 2,192 acres and a max depth of around 140 feet, Harding Lake definitely has some space to move around in. Fun fact: before it was renamed as Harding Lake, it was previously known as Salchaket Lake. Accss the lake via Richardson Highway.
Popular Fish To Catch: Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Coho Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead, Arctic Char
Lower Fire Lake: This lake is 58.8 acres in size with a max depth of about 20 feet. It is about 15 minutes northeast of Anchorage. This little lake has been regularly stocked with trout since 1992.
Popular Fish To Catch: Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout
Saltwater (Coastal) Places To Go Fishing In Alaska
Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Spit: This is a popular “fishing hole” for both residents and visitors. It has handicapped access with a platform and ramp. King and Silver Salmon are stocked here. Fish cleaning tables, restrooms, and picnic areas are also provided. Camping is also available nearby.
Popular Fish To Catch: King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Fry, Halibut
Many more locations to come. If you have any favorite spots or bodies of water that you think should definitely be on this page, please send us a note.
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