Choosing the best time to visit Alaska is not always an easy decision. With multiple runs of Alaska salmon, as well as resident species, saltwater tides, weather, crowds, and Alaska lodging availability factoring into the mix, a lot goes into setting specific dates for the perfect Alaska fishing trip.
There really isn’t a bad time to visit Alaska. Every portion of our season has its own unique pluses and minuses, so your decision should really begin with what your Alaska fishing goals and preferences are and use that as a starting point. You should ask yourself two questions: “Do I want to take home a lot of fish from my Alaska fishing trip?” or “Am I just catching lots of Alaska trophy fish for the thrill of the sport?” Many of the most popular times for keeping your catch, such as mid to late July for sockeye salmon, come with the trade-off of dealing with the height of the tourist season and large crowds. Some of the more scenic and picturesque times to visit, such as late fall for silver salmon and trophy rainbow trout, come with the trade-off of colder weather and a need for more supplies.