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Old 02-02-2015, 08:42 AM
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Planning a trip for this summer to rent an rv in anchorage and drive to fishing areas. Traveling with a viet nam vet who has some limitations due to agent orange exposure. Would like advise on where to go, when to go etc. interested in salmon fishing mostly. What would be ideal time to go? Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:39 PM
Location: On the Border
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I fished all summer of '12 towing a 18' trailer and living in it and here what I found as far as easy access from Anchorage (trip of a lifetime). You'll be limited to combat fishing (shoulder to shoulder) without a flyin or getting a boat. There aren't that many good spots you can drive to so they are full of people when the fish are running.

June best bet is the Kenai River for reds riding across on the ferry. Not as much fun flossing reds as it is catching Silvers, Kings etc later in the year but they're the best eating. Drift boat guides are widely available out of Soldatna. I caught one King that way but had throw him back there aren't many of them left unfortunately. It wa a little pricey too but fun and the guide knew his business.

July start looking at the Suisitna drainages for Silver and maybe a King. Easy access was Willow Creek and the fishing was very good at the end of the month. Camping in a Parking lot surrounded by all sorts (the kids immediately next to me got busted for being obnoxious about 3 in the morning) is not the experience everyone anticipates. They thought I called on them but I didn't. I was a kid once and damn obnoxious to boot. Most people behaved.

The Suisitna drainage is great for rainbows too, catching a native bow was one of the highlights of my trip. Whole different fight from the stockers I catch in the lower 48 even though I've caught some whoppers down here. An 18 inch native is a whole lot of fun. A lot more widely distributed and available all the time. Don't short sell that. I had a vietnam vet with me too for a couple weeks, lost a leg to a mine, and he enjoyed the stream fishing for bows more than salmon. Salmon is a lot of work and the water is usually big water moving fast.

Check the Alaska G&F website often the rules change every day. Hope you have as much as I did, I'm sure you will.

This is what I thought of off the bat there is a lot more. Be happy to try and answer any other questions from the perspective of a fellow tourist. Having a boat or access to one is really a key thing I learned.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:51 PM
Location: Homer ak.
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come to Valdez two weeks before Labor Day and fish for Silvers almost guaranteed. Day after LD the commercial fishing is opened and the fish are cleaned out.
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