Preparing for Fishing Season
One of the main reasons so many people visit Alaska throughout the year is because of its excellent fishing opportunities. Whether you’re a local getting ready for your next fishing trip or a tourist visiting for the first time, it’s important to do some good Alaska fishing preparation.
Below, we’ve provided a fishing prep guide that will help ensure you’re ready for fishing season in Alaska:
- Make sure you’ve got everything: Before hitting the water, it’s extremely important that you have all your supplies. Of course, you’ll need your fishing rod, bait and life jacket, but it’s also good to bring plenty of food and water. You don’t want to accidentally get dehydrated or lightheaded during your trip. Be sure to also pack some sunscreen, as it’s possible that UV rays can damage your skin even when it’s overcast. If it’s sunny, you’ll probably also want to bring a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Bring your fishing license: Any residents 18 or older who want to fish in Alaska have to get their fishing license. The same is true for non-residents older than 16. The only ones exempt from this are residents age 60 or older and disabled veterans who have maintained an Alaskan residency. Don’t skip getting your fishing license, as this could result in major fees and other legal trouble. The process is easy, quick and doesn’t cost very much.
- Decide what kind of fish you want to catch: The type of fish you want to catch can greatly determine the best fishing spots. The species will also determine what kind of equipment and bait you’ll need. Common fish species found in Alaskan waters include king salmon, Pacific halibut, yelloweye rockfish and many more. If it’s your first time fishing in Alaska, be sure to ask an expert for advice.
- Sign up for a fishing tour: One of the best ways to have a good fishing season is by signing up for a good fishing tour. The right fishing tour will take you to all the best fishing spots in Alaska and provide in-depth information on the species that swim there. Fishing tours provide a comfortable way to fish in the Alaskan cold, as they sometimes provide heated boats. Making a reservation with a good fishing tour will help ensure you don’t miss out on an excellent adventure!
- Dress for the right kind of weather: You don’t want to get caught in rain without a warm raincoat—this could make your entire fishing experience miserable. That’s why it’s best to check the weather before hitting the water. It’s also a good idea to always prepare for cool weather, just in case.
Before hitting the water, be sure to follow all the tips mentioned in our fishing prep guide. If you’re ready for an unforgettable fishing experience, sign up for a tour with Phantom Tri-River Charters. No matter if you’re an experienced angler or a first-timer, you’re sure to have a great time on one of our tours.