If you are planning a vacation this summer and want to experience the great outdoors with your family, consider Alaska for your next adventure. While Alaska offers many activities, none garner more excitement than an Alaska fishing vacation. Imagine the look on your child's face as they tangle with a feisty salmon or Alaskan halibut.
The rewards of fishing in Alaska go beyond filling up your fish boxes. Each day will bring a new adventure. You'll be surrounded by Alaska's pristine wilderness, while encountering the largest concentration of wildlife in America.
Some important points to consider:
Are there activities to keep the kids and spouse (and yourself) busy when not fishing?
Fishing vacations near to larger centers will usually be a better match for families where only one or two people in the family want to seriously fish, and the rest of the family want to vacation or sight see. Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka and other centers all have tours, sight seeing opportunities, nature walks and even more modern conveniences such as museums, art galleries and shopping centers.
What are the amenities that the lodge or fishing resort can offer?
Fishing lodges typically are one of two different styles with regards to amenities. There are individual cabin style lodges that offer the opportunities for an Alaska salmon fishing vacation that is very private and secluded, or there is the larger, lodge or chalet style fishing resort that has more typical hotel style accommodations. Some resorts will provide central meals, restaurants and even lounges whereas others provide kitchens within the cabins and allow guests to bring in and cook their own food.
What type of fishing are you planning on doing?
If you have small children fishing from either a boat or the shore, or wading in for fly fishing all have safety issues that parents must discuss. If you are bringing children be sure to notify the lodge and guide so that they can have the correct safety equipment and fishing supplies for kids. Typically there will be a minimum age limit for children to come out on the boats, so talk to the guides in advance.
What is the cancellation policy and what conditions is it in effect?
Before booking one of the many Alaska salmon fishing vacations it is important to completely understand the refund policy for the vacation, including any advanced payment for guides or equipment rental. If there is insurance offered for cancellation and you are planning on traveling with children, it may be a good idea to consider the option of paying for travel insurance.
It is also important to do some research about the average temperature, rainfall, and the types of environmental conditions you can anticipate experiencing while on your Alaska salmon fishing vacation. Lodges and chalets will usually provide this information when you book, but there are also great online sites that give seasonal weather conditions to help with packing and planning.