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Alaska fishing: southeast region

Southeast AlaskaSpecies

The diversity of fish and shellfish in this productive oceanic near-shore environment is great. The main fish pursued by Southeast Alaska fishermen are the five species of Pacific salmon and Pacific halibut. 

Rainbow, cutthroat, brook and steelhead trout are also available in some freshwater stream systems.  Grayling,  kokanee and Dolly Varden are also locally available. 

Various bottom fish are caught by sport and commercial fishermen.  King, Dungeness, and tanner crab are also in many areas, as are shrimp is appropriate habitats.

Small communities dot the archipelago from Ketchikan at the south to Yakutat near the end of the panhandle.  Other fishing destinations included here are Prince of Wales Island, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Alaska's capitol Juneau, and Haines/Skagway


Southeast Alaska is also known as the Alexander Archipelago.  The landscape is comprised of islands and the mainland Alaska coast. The islands are almost all mountainous or hilly.

This is part of the fabled "Inside Passage" up the west coast, so called because the  inland waterways are fairly well protected from the open Pacific.  Even so, storms can make even these sheltered waters rough. The islands tend to be thickly forested, with mountains rising to alpine vegetation or glaciers on the mainland and some of the northern islands.

Great fishing and even more uncrowded fishing is also available in more remote communities and lodges around the region.


Southeast Alaska weather is well known for its dampness. However, in the eyes of those familiar with its ways, that moistness is just part of its charm. Summers are mild and cool and typically overcast with drizzle.

There are almost always stretches of dry, relatively warm weather during the summer months.  However, anglers should always be prepared with layered clothing, raingear that works even in relentless rain, and an attitude of success even when the weather is less than perfect!

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Division of Sport Fish
PO Box 240020
Douglas, AK 99824-0020
Tel. (907) 465-4270

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