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Posted by BlueMoose on Oct 07 2004
Great question Wildone, and excellent time of year to fish in AK.
I like fishing out of the Port of Valdez with Dave Buress he has continued to produce great fishing year after year. Dave was born and raised there and has won the Derby more than once. I am sure there are other good charters as well I just have not had to find them. Seward, Homer, and Deep Creek offer the same and if your planning on being down below Anchorage those places may be your logical choice. On a side note Ling Cod season normally opens after the 1st of July so you will be right in the mix.
Salmon and Trout on a combo fishing trip the wek after the fourth of July um!!!!!!! Upper Gulkana 4 day three night float trip, Raft rental or guided you can't go wrong. Kings, Grayling, and Rainbows. Peak Time is directly after the 4th of July for Kings up there.
The Parks will also offer additional fishing for Kings, and Trout, but those are road side fisheries and tend to be crowded at best "still good fishing" just crowded
Then you have the Kenai / Russian rivers again below Anchorage they speak for them-selves as far as fishing in concerned, but they put the Combat in combat fishing. Still they are a world class fishery.
Kings - will be finishing up on most Parks Hgwy creeks "regulation state as such", Will be going full on the Gulkana, and Kenai.
Chums / Dog Salmon really does not get started till mid July on most of the rivers
Pinks / Humpy Salmon starting hard on the Parks Mid July, Should be Great in Valdez during that time frame.
Red / Sockeye Salmon June 10 through Mid Augsut on the Richardson Hgwy System, "Gulkana Klutina" rivers, June 15 through mid /end July on the Kenai"
Silvers / Coho Salmon Late July - Mid August Parks Hwgy Creeks, August on the Chulitna Drainages, late August / Sept on the Kenai.
I have only offered some of the easy choices there are many others that you can make. You could consider a Fly In to just about any place with-in an hour of Anchorage and be in to great Rainbow fishing, as well as Great Salmon Fishing.
If you would expand on mode of travel, Fly Fishing vs Spin fishing, looking for a guide or a do it your-self type trip the forum will provide ample information to help you plan your fishing adventure in Alaska.
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