By Scott Michaels
Alaskaís fishing vacations are one of the most popular with
tourists. With people wishing to escape the hustle-bustle of
the daily life, these relaxing fishing vacations are a great
way to can get closer to nature.
Salmon is common along the Alaskan coast. So is giant halibut.
Visitors can also catch salmon weighing up to 50 pounds. King
salmon over 50 pounds are not at all uncommon. Grayling and
northern pike are easy to catch in many inland streams. Other
varieties of fish, like grayling and northern pike, are easy
catch in many inland streams. And you can fish amid some of
most incredible scenery on the continent.
To be sure, itís not perfect. The productivity of most Alaska
streams is not high in comparison with those in warmer climes.
This means that some heavily fished streams do not quickly
produce many large fish, particularly in the Interior. Large
salmon runs compensate in many streams, however.
The extreme tides and ocean currents surrounding Alaska
ideal habitats for baitfish, which in turn attract returning
salmon and bottom fish in astounding numbers. Alaska promotes
fishing as its main sporting event. Large numbers of tourists
visit the place to take part in this adventurous sport.
South-central Alaska is home to the most famous fishing areas
in the state. Coastal waters and watersheds embody the place
with varied land and seascapes. In addition to salmon and
halibut, other fish like trout, pike, grayling, Dolly Varden,
burbot, whitefish and other species can be found year-round in
the many watersheds that form the main tourist attractions.
Southeast Alaska, sometimes called the "panhandle," is a land
of deep fjords, rushing mountain streams and glaciers. Much of
the land is in the Tongass National Forest. Summers are cool
and moist; winters are cooler and snowy, but much less cold
than portions of Alaska not warmed by the ocean. Salmon return
in large numbers to thousands of streams. Halibut move into
near shore waters in the summer. Several species of trout are
available. A variety of bottom fish can be caught. Shrimp and
crab can be found in some waters.
Lower Cook Inlet is also a popular fishing destination in the
summer months. Clams, halibut and salmon keep the anglers busy
throughout the day. The Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers drain most
of Interior, Arctic and Western Alaska, which is sparsely
covered by trees. Grayling are most widespread in the region,
along with trout, pike, burbot, char and shellfish.
It is advisable that first-time visitors should have a
professional guide to advise them. It is always wise to visit
the place as part of a guided tour, which will provide all
necessary fishing equipment.
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