If you are looking for an amazing fishing experience, there is no better place than Sitka, Alaska. This small coastal city offers incredible opportunities for both fresh and salt water fishing and offers access to lakes, streams, and the Pacific Ocean. The waters around Sitka are home to many kinds of fish including salmon, steelhead, halibut, rockfish, trout, and dolly varden. With plentiful fish and beautiful vistas, a fishing trip to Sitka should top the “places to go” list of every fishing enthusiast.
A fishing trip to Sitka may require a little more planning and preparation, even for the most seasoned of fishermen. Here are 4 tips to help you plan the ultimate Sitka, Alaska fishing excursion.
1. Plan Ahead
While you may be able to grab a pole and some bait and drop your line without much fuss in many parts of the country, taking a fishing trip to Sitka requires a little more pre-planning. You need to make some important decisions up front because they will help determine when you should go, what you need to bring, and who you will be interacting with while you are there. Get the most of your trip by doing your research and making any necessary reservations before you arrive.
2. Know What You Need
What you will need during your trip is largely dependent on two things, what you want to do while you are there and whether you plan to pay for a fishing charter or wing it on your own. Lodges cater to fishermen and provide everything needed in all inclusive packages. There are many cozy bed and breakfasts located in and around the city. This may be a great fit for you if you don’t want to travel with your own equipment. You need to bring your own fishing equipment if you plan to fish on your own without a guide or charter. But if using a guide or a charter they provide you with all you need to fish. There are many fishing charters in Sitka and the Alaska Ocean View Bed & Breakfast can assist you in finding a great local charter when you stay with them.
3. Know When to Go
Peak sport fishing season in Sitka generally begins in May and runs through September. If you were to equate the season to the different seasons in the lower 48, you may consider May is Spring, June, July, and August are summer, and September is fall. If you are interested in going after a specific type of fish that will dictate when you should go. Here is a breakdown of the standard timeframes for the most popular types of fish:
- King Salmon – May thru July
- Sockeye Salmon- June 11 thru July
- Silver (Coho) Salmon – Mid-July thru September
- Pink (Humpback) Salmon – August
- Trout – June 11 thru October
- Pacific Halibut – May thru September
- Steelhead – End April thru end of May
- Dollie Varden – late July thru September
- Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout – July thru September
3. Make Reservations
In order to get the best fishing opportunities while you are in Sitka, you need to make reservations for charters and guides before you arrive. There are a variety of charter companies that offer different kinds of fishing excursions. You may also be interested in an all-inclusive package that provides lodging and fishing for a single price. Visit the Sitka Visitors Bureau for charter companies and additional information on planning your stay in Sitka or ask your Bed and Breakfast for a recommendation for a good local charter.
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