Seward Fishing

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One of Alaska’s oldest communities, Seward is nestled in lower south-central Alaska at the foot of Mt. Marathon and the head of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula. Local ventures into the wilderness include kayaking, horseback riding and summer sled dog tours. There are a number of comfortable hotels and lodges, near shops and art galleries where you can explore and mingle with this friendly, expressive community that dates back over 100 years. Alaska Sea Life Center, the newest and largest marine research center in Alaska, offers educational and interactive fun for kids of all ages. As “Gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park”, Seward is a perfect vantage point to behold glaciers and stunning mountains draped by forest. Exciting day trips by ferry or charter boat to the Gulf of Alaska, Montague Island and Prince William Sound can be fun for the whole family, or merely scenic distractions for erstwhile anglers.

Seward Highway, designated as a National Scenic Byway, offering breathtaking views of waterfalls, wildflowers, and other scenic wonders, connects historical downtown Seward with Anchorage, only 127 miles away. The southern end of the Alaska Railroad is Seward, where many northern bound cruise ship passengers take transport further into Alaska. You may also arrive by small craft into Seward Airport, via flight-seeing or general aviation; commercial flights into nearby Kenai and Anchorage link with regular bus connections into Seward.

When the snow begins to melt in April Seward awakens from winter slumber, assuming once again the title of “Saltwater Sport Fishing Capital of Alaska”. More Coho Salmon and Halibut are caught here than any other part of Alaska, and it is the seventh-most lucrative fisheries port in the United States per value. Seward is protected by Resurrection Bay and enjoys great fishing, during season, seven days a week. Chinook and King Salmon start trolling in Resurrection Bay during the spring thaw and as temperatures rise Silver Salmon, mighty Pacific Halibut, Ling Cord, and biting Rockfish swell to fantastic numbers. Charters offering day and night trips, long range charters as well as overnight excursions, are plentiful in Seward, even during the winter months.

If bountiful fishing against a marvelous natural backdrop of mountains, gleaming glaciers, and rich forests sounds good to you, then Seward is the place to spend a few memorable days and nights. Whether mingling with friendly locals and playful puffins, gazing at the majesty of whales, basking in the glare of soaring eagles, or perusing galleries and interesting shops, you will never want for distraction during down-time. Much more does Seward offer than a wealth of fishing opportunity and reward – as if that weren’t enough!

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