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Alaska fishing: Wrangell area

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Anglers who travel to Wrangell Island will be delighted to find an array of fishing on this second main stop of the Marine Highway. In saltwater all 5 species of Pacific salmon reach this area along with Pacific halibut, lingcod, Pacific cod, greenling, herring, Dolly Varden char and rockfish. In freshwater the salmons are accompanied by limited wild steelhead, Dolly Varden, and cutthroat trout; and in some lakes there are stockings of rainbows, brook trout, and even Arctic grayling. Wrangell sport fishing is full of opportunity and even the most discriminating angler will be pleased here.


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Wrangell is located midway between Juneau and Ketchikan in southeast Alaska’s Inland Passage. Nestled in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, the area is distinguished by thick forest that contrasts with glaciers and mountain peaks. The mainland coast and islands are incised with fjords. The island contains numerous creeks and lakes, and easy roadside fishing opportunities are supported by about 100 miles (160 km) of asphalt and gravel roads. The community of Wrangell is home to about 2,500 residents. Neighboring large islands include Etolin, Woronkofski, and Zarembo, and many charters originating from Wrangel will reach them

Best saltwater fishing times in the Wrangell area (ADF&G data)




king salmon

year round

May and June

coho (silver) salmon

July through October

July through September

Pink salmon

June through August

July and August

Chum salmon

June through September


Dolly Varden Char

April through November

May through July


February through December

June through September

sea-run cutthroat

April through October

July through September

ling cod

year round

June through September


year round

April through June

Best freshwater fishing times in the Wrangell area (ADF&G data)




King salmon

July and August

end of July

sockeye (red) salmon

May through August


coho (silver) salmon

August through November

September and October

pink salmon

July and August

early August

chum salmon

July through September


Dolly Varden Char

January through December

April and May, August through October

steelhead trout

April through June


rainbow trout year round year round
cutthroat trout year round July and August


year round

year round

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Wrangell is served by the Alaska Marine Highway, Alaska Airlines, and smaller aircraft. The state ferry operates regardless of weather and is the easiest way to bring your vehicle onto the island. Rental vehicles can also be leased in Wrangell but advance reservations are necessary.



Wrangell’s weather is similar to many communities in the Pacific Northwest coastal area. Summertime will average in the high 60’s F (15.5 C) to the mid 50’s F (10 C) for lows. Winters are mild with some snow, and temperatures average between 20 and 40 F (-6.6 and 4.4 C). Visitors are always advised to layer dress and quality raingear is recommended due to a yearly average of around 80 inches (203 cm).

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Wrangell is among one of Alaska’s newest travel destinations and is a hidden jewel among island towns. The community is rich in the heritage of the Tlingit Indian culture, and is also distinguished by Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. Wrangell offers the angler a full complement of retail services in shopping and dining, and accommodations range from campsites to full service luxury lodges. Summer is the busiest time, and advance reservations will be needed.


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