Alaska Whitefish Fishing Spots

In the world of fisheries and fish markets, Whitefish is often a generic term to describe different species of fish with white flesh that live near the sea or ocean floor, like halibut, cod, and rock fish. But, confusingly, whitefish also refers to a number of species in the salmon family, a few of which can be found in Alaska. Here’s where to cast your line:

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Whitefish Fishing Spots

Sun­shine Creek flows into the Susit­na Riv­er. There is an access road off of the Parks High­way. Most pop­u­lar for fish­ing for sil­vers late August through September.

This con­flu­ence is one of the most pop­u­lar fish­eries in South Cen­tral Alas­ka. Locat­ed about 60 miles north of Anchor­age on the Parks High­way, it offers excel­lent fish­ing for four of the major salmon species: kings, sil­vers, chums and pinks. It also fea­tures big rain­bows (up to 30 inch­es) and Dol­ly Var­den, as well as Arc­tic Grayling. You’ll also find, in small num­bers, bur­bot and whitefish.

Arc­tic grayling, pike, and whitefish.

Fish for Arc­tic grayling, bur­bot, and white­fish. South Fork of Bonan­za Creek is acces­si­ble from the Dal­ton Highway.

Arc­tic grayling, bur­bot, and white­fish. Salmon are also present, but sport fish­ing for salmon is prohibited. 

Arc­tic Grayling fish­ing spot that can be accessed from the Dal­ton Highway.

This trib­u­tary of the Kenai Riv­er flows along­side the Ster­ling High­way, just north of Coop­er Land­ing (from mile­post 40 – 45). There are plen­ty of des­ig­nat­ed pull-offs along the high­way — like Quartz Creek Road, which leads to Kenai Lake, as well as the pop­u­lar access point at the Quartz Creek Bridge.

This is the largest lake you will see on the Demp­ster High­way. It was named for Ernest Chap­man, a trad­er, trap­per and prospec­tor. There are many oth­er small­er lakes in the vicin­i­ty and togeth­er they sup­port a vari­ety of water­fowl and shorebirds.