Fishing and sailing with my kids in Alaska

Vanessa & Paul Hunt

02/23/2008

Alaska, the largest and northernmost state in the United States, is famous for many things, including amazing fishing! Ask any fisherman if Alaska is on their list of places to fish and you will see it is. Alaska offers a wide variety of species, and it’s a beautiful state!

We are big salmon lovers, children are fans too! During our walk in Alaska, salmon fishing was of course on our priority list. Although we were a little late in the salmon fishing season. We were very lucky!

We left Seward, Alaska, about two hours from Anchorage. Our guide Steve helped us out with life jackets for the kids and fishing poles for the whole family. I appreciated that he was very patient with the children. It can be a little difficult to take four young children in a boat in the middle of the sea, but it taught us many things and developed our fishing skills.

Even though we were at the end of the salmon season there is always something to catch. The salmon season in Alaska is fascinating, we’ve learned that.

There are five different species of salmon in Alaska. The type of salmon you catch depends largely on the time of year you come to fish.

Alaska salmon season

  • Late May – early July – king salmon (this is the largest species of salmon, also known as chinook)
  • June – end of July: sockeye salmon (this is the most traded salmon)
  • Mid-July to August: pink salmon (probably the least desirable type for flavor)
  • July – October: Coho salmon (this is the last species on the farm, also known as Coho)

There are many other amazing ways to fish in Alaska too, like halibut and stonefish, but we were looking for salmon on this trip!

We walked through Resurrection Bay to find the perfect fishing spot. We settled in a beautiful little place called Emerald Cove where we started casting. Steve cut chunks of herring as bait and hooked them up for us. After about 15 minutes of patience, Ethan, our four year old, turned around with his silver salmon #FirstCatch. I was so excited and proud!

After our first catch, we got a visit from some large sea lions, who frightened all of our fish. It was a bummer, but we caught a few small stone fish that we threw back. And above all, we had our great silver salmon for dinner.

The kids enjoyed hanging out in the bay all day observing wildlife and fishing. It was the perfect end to our time in Alaska. We had a great time, we are already planning a fishing trip to Alaska next summer!

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Vanessa & Paul Hunt

Vanessa & Paul Hunt

Vanessa and Paul Hunt are a married couple who travel full-time with their four children around the world and attend the world school. They love to live a life full of adventure and learn all they can together.

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