The countdown to summer and the opportunity for the best fishing in Alaska is quickly approaching. The peak of the salmon season starts up in June and lasts through September. Start planning your Alaska fishing adventure now while there’s still time to book your stay at Alaska Rainbow Lodge before the prime Alaska fishing season draws any closer. We’ll give you a rundown on what to bring for your visit as well as what kind of fish you can expect to bring home! 

Checklist Items

Be sure that you’re prepared for your Alaska fishing adventure by bringing all the necessities you may need for your trip. After all, it’s better to overpack than to not be completely ready for your trip! You’re going to need sun protection as you spend most days outdoors fishing in the peak times of the searing sun during the summer months. You’ll want to bring strong sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat to keep the sun away from your scalp. Rain gear should be high on your checklist, as the weather is subject to change at any given moment in Alaska.

Be prepared with waterproof pants, and at a minimum, have a rain jacket on board. Proper footwear and waders are a must whether you’re fishing on land or a charter. Outdoor boots/shoes that have soles to grip the deck and shoes with ankle protection are recommended. Lastly, be sure to bring a camera to capture the moment after a monster catch! Pack a ziplock baggie when using a cellphone to be sure to protect your phone from water damage. 

Best Fishing in Alaska

The best time to head out to Alaska to fish is somewhere between May to September as it is the peak season for salmon fishing. During mid-June, king salmon start to migrate into the Naknek and Nushagak rivers. It is followed by sockeye salmon peaking near late June and early July in the Naknek and Alagnak rivers. You can also expect to catch Arctic char, grayling, and northern pike during June. It’s no secret that the Nushagak River offers the best fishing in Alaska and is especially top-notch for salmon fishing, so there will also be an abundance of chum, pink, and silver salmon in late summer. For the most part, aside from fluke bad weather days, June is the perfect time for clear blue skies and warm weather, so keep this in mind when planning your trip to Alaska Rainbow Lodge.

Photo of a fish dinner at our Bristol Bay lodge.Luxurious Bristol Bay Lodge

Summer is quickly approaching so don’t wait to plan your trip for the upcoming Alaska fishing season. You’ll experience quality fishing at it’s finest during the peak of the salmon season while staying at Alaska Rainbow Lodge. We will provide you with breakfast, dinner, and a packed lunch so you’ll have the energy to reel in your trophy catch! Book your stay with us for the prime Alaska fishing season while there’s still room by calling 1-800-451-6198. Please visit us online to learn more about our beautiful Bristol Bay lodge!