Frequently Asked Questions About Alaska Salmon Fishing

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Where should I stay when fishing in Alaska?
•When fishing with Fisherman’s Choice Charters, if you choose to stay in Anchorage, Alaska, we suggesting getting accommodations in Anchorage and staying at Hotel Capt. Cook or at The Lakefront Anchorage. If you choose to stay in Wasilla, Alaska, we suggest getting accommodations at Lake Lucille Inn, Grand View Inn and Suites and Trout House-Windbreak Café.

How much does it cost to go salmon fishing in Alaska?
•Our Alaska fishing trips cost $175 per person for a ½ day fishing trip.
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Fisherman’s Choice also offers private charters. if your looking for a private Alaska fishing charter,
please inquire about pricing and details.

What is included with an Alaska Fishing Charter?
•We at Fisherman’s Choice Charters include the following: All Alaska Fishing Equipment, rods, tackle and bait. We also include waders for fishing when fishing out of the boat in the Alaska rivers and rain gear. Bug Spray is a big thing in Alaska, and yes, we include that too. Also included on our Alaska Fishing Charters is the fish filleting. We will filet your fish and put them in plastic bags so you can take them to the Alaska Fishing Processor for processing. Each Alaska Fishing Charter company is different. Not all Alaska Fishing Trips include the above.

How much do Alaska Fishing Licenses cost?
•It depends on how many days you want to fish.
•There are 1 day Alaska fishing licenses to annual Alaska fishing licenses
for both resident and non-resident.

Non-Resident 16 Years and Older
• Nonresident 1 Day Sport Fishing License $15.00 – Nonresident 1 Day King Salmon Stamp $15.00
•Nonresident 3 Day Sport Fishing License $30.00 – Nonresident 3 Day King Salmon Stamp $30.00
•Nonresident 7 Day Sport Fishing License $45.00 – Nonresident 7 Day King Salmon Stamp $45.00
• Nonresident 14 Day Sport Fishing License $75.00 – Nonresident 14 Day King Salmon Stamp $75.00
•Nonresident Annual Sport Fishing License $100.00 – Nonresident Annual King Salmon Stamp $100.00

Resident 18 years and older
• Resident Annual Sport Fishing License $20.00 – Resident Annual King Salmon Stamp $10.00
•Resident Duplicate License $5.00 – Resident Duplicate King Salmon Stamp $5.00

How do I get an Alaska Fishing License?
•Alaska Fishing Licenses can be purchased online through the ADF&G Website 

What is the best time to go salmon fishing in Alaska?
•The rivers we fish, in the Mat-Su Valley, The Alaska King Salmon start to show up in the Alaska rivers first (mid-May). Following the Alaska King Salmon, will be the Alaska Silver Salmon (Coho) (beginning of July), Alaska Sockeye Salmon( mid-July), Alaska Chum Salmon and Alaska Pink Salmon(mid-July). The Alaska Silver Salmon season lasts the longest when it comes to Alaska Salmon seasons (thru mid-Sept).

How many salmon can you catch in Alaska? (How many king salmon can you keep in Alaska? )
•Each Alaska water system has its own regulations. In the Mat-Su Valley, where we fish for Alaska salmon, depending on which river we are on, you can take 1 Alaska King Salmon per day. No more than 5, annually. You are allowed either 2 or 3 Alaska Silver Salmon per day, no annual limit. 3 Alaska Sockeye Salmon, 3 Alaska Chum Salmon and 3 Alaska Pink Salmon. However, you cannot take more than a total of 3 Alaska Salmon, in combination, per day. Consult the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations more information and be sure to check the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Emergency Orders as well.

What do I need to bring with me on my fishing trip in Alaska?
•On our fishing trips, you need to bring along with you your Alaska Fishing license, food and beverages. Stay Hydrated. We also suggest bringing your camera. If fishing on your own, don’t forget the bug spray.

How should I dress for an Alaska Fishing Trip?
•Dress according to the Alaska Weather Forecast for the day of fishing.
Layers, definitely dress in Layers. Our Alaska mornings can be very cold, however, our afternoons can also be very warm. Since our Alaska Midnight Sun is around almost 24 hours, we also suggest wearing sunscreen. You will be glad you did after a day on the water.

Is there a guarantee that I will catch my limit of Alaska Fish?
•There are no guarantees that fish will be caught. As like most Alaska Fishing Charters, we give our best effort at getting you on fish. There are many factors that Alaska Fishing Guides deal with and have no control over. However, they work hard for you and strive to help you get fish.

Can I continue to fish after I get my limit of Alaska Salmon?
•No, you cannot continue to fish after you catch your limit of Alaska Salmon. Furthermore, when keeping your limit of Alaska Salmon, you can no longer fish the rest of that day in ANY waters that carry the same species of Alaska Salmon that is part of your limit. Consult the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations for further information.

Can I do catch and release while on an Alaska Fishing Charter?
•Although some Alaska Fishing Companies do allow catch and release while fishing in Alaska, we discourage it on our Alaska Fishing Trips. There are only certain terms as to why we would allow catch and release…small Alaska Salmon, not hooked correctly, Alaska species not targeted or not edible. The mortality rate on our Alaska Salmon is high enough for us not to allow a regular practice of catch and release.

How do I get my fish home after fishing in Alaska?
•There are processors in most towns where Alaska fishing is available. The Alaska fish processors will filet, pack, freeze and ship your Alaska caught fish for you. Consult the Alaska Fish Processors for pricing.

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