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The state of Alaska offers a variety of fishing including rivers, lakes and streams. In addition to major lakes, Alaska has over 3 million lakes which are more than 20 acres in size. There are fishing guides and charters to take you into unbelievable fishing waters and find fly fishing like you've always dreamed about. You can fish for a wide variety of species, including rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, lake trout, steelhead, coho salmon, chum salmon, chinook salmon, pink salmon, sockeye salmon and northern pike.

The major rivers in Alaska are the Yukon River, the Kuskokwim River, the Colville River and the Copper River. The Kuskokwim River is the longest river in Alaska at over 1,875 miles.

Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for details about fishing licences, fish species and fishing locations.

Major Alaska Lakes

Alaska major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in AK, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Fishing Alaska Lakes

Aleknagik lake is located on the Wood River in the southwest corner of the state. The fishing includes chum salmon, king salmon, sockeye (reds), silver salmon, dolly varden, arctic char, rainbow trout, greyling and northern pike.

Becharof Lake is located at the head of the peninsula in the southwest corner of the state. Fishing in the lake and surrounding streams includes five species of Pacific salmon along with arctic grayling, dolly varden, trout, northern pike and burbot.

Lake Clark is located immediately north of the mouth of Cook Inlet. It is accessible by plane only. The fishing includes Arctic char, grayling, dolly varden, northern pike, lake trout, rainbow trout and five species of Pacific salmon.

Iliamna Lake is located 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, just north of Kamishak Bay. All access is by plane. The fishing is great for big rainbow trout, sockeye salmon, grayling, king salmon, dolly varden, northern pike, lake trout and silver salmon.

Fish Species & State Records in Alaska

Steelhead

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead

World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 42 lbs 3 oz*

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 42 lbs 3 oz*

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 6 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 47 lbs 0 oz

Salmon

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 97 lbs 4 oz

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon

World record: 35 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 32 lbs 0 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 26 lbs 0 oz

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 7 oz

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon

World record: 15 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 38 lbs 8 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

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State Fishing Information

Visit the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for additional information about fishing in Alaska.

Find Alaska Fishing License information here.

 

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