Cook Inlet is an outstanding body of water for anyone who loves to fish. With over 100,000 miles of fishable water, Cook Inlet becomes one of the most important staging ground for Salmon, Steelhead and Pacific Halibut.
Cook Inlet stretches from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage where it splits into two arms. The Knik Arm and the Turnagain, which eventually become the confluence of Susitna River and Matanuska River, which are both lodged between the Alaska Range and the Aleutian Range. There are many rivers here and the Knik River, and the Little Susitna River are both tributaries.
Fishing the Cook Inlet
- The King Salmon are available here year-round, but they peak from May-August because they congregate in the Inlet to gorge and fatten up before they make their way upriver to spawn.
- The Sockeye Peak from June-July.
- The Silver Salmon peak from July-August.
- The Pink Salmon peak from July-August on the even numbered years.
- Steelhead fishing is outstanding from August-October.
- The Pacific Halibut peak from May-October, though they are present here year round.
- Rockfish peak from May-August.
- Seagoing Dolly Varden peak from July-August.
Cook Inlet is one of the biggest destinations for Saltwater fishing in Alaska. There are plenty of charters that will take you on salmon and halibut expeditions. One of the least fished fish available here are the rockfish. You can fish from the shore without a guide if you are careful about the bears. Rockfish are not small. This is also an area that is good for spin caster fishing or for those daring people who like to fly fish, you can do that here too. A good sinking fly may attract any of the salmon species and if you are lucky you might battle a Ling Cod.