Fishing Seward Alaska

Advice and information about fishing in Seward

Also see Alaska salmon fishing and halibut fishing in Alaska

fishing Seward Alaska, Seward Alaska fishing tripOne of Alaska's most frequently visited destinations, Seward is a scenic coastal city with excellent fishing.  During the summer months, anglers head for the beaches, stream mouths and docks for superior fishing in Seward Alaska

You can do many types of fishing in Seward, but the area is best known for halibut, silver salmon and king salmon fishing. 

Not only is Seward, Alaska abundant in fish, but it is also one of the more beautiful places for fishing in Alaska with mountain ridges, glaciers and thick forests surrounding the area.

Fishermen angling for halibut will generally have better luck fishing from boats.  Fishing tourists can either rent a boat in Seward or use one of the many salmon or halibut fishing guides in the area.  The city's two summer fishing derbies make for busy waters during the peak seasons for fishing in Seward.

Silver Salmon Fishing In SEward at The Silver Salmon Fishing Derby

A local tradition for over 50 years, the annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby is one of Alaska's richer fishing derbies.  Taking place in August when the waters of Resurrection bay are teeming with salmon, the derby brings lots of fishermen into the area, all eager to land a prize-winning silver.  The top prize for the heaviest fish is $10,000.  The contest also includes other prizes of up to $100,000 in value including money for catching special tagged fish.  Recent contest winners reeled in salmon weighing around 18 pounds.

Halibut Fishing In Seward At The Jackpot Halibut Fishing Derby

A newer derby by Alaskan standards, the Jackpot Halibut Derby in Seward takes place in June around the waters of Resurrection Bay.  Awards go to the first, second and third heaviest fish caught.  There are also daily prizes.  Winners generally bring in halibut that weigh over 150 pounds.  

fishing Seward Alaska, Seward Alaska fishing tripWeather for fishing in Seward

The weather in Seward is generally cool all year but comfortable for fishing.  Summer temperatures have highs in the lower 60's and lows in the mid 40's.  Winter temperatures range from the low 20's up to the low 30's.  The average rainfall in Seward is about 74 inches per year.

Traveling to Seward

Only 126 miles from Anchorage, Seward can be reached a number of ways - via the Alaska Railroad, bus, air, cruise ship or car.  Bus lines carry passengers from Anchorage to Seward daily.  There isn't a large airport in Seward, but charter planes are available from Seward into Anchorage.  Visitors can drive the Seward Highway Scenic Byway and experience some of Alaska's beautiful scenic vistas along the roadway. 

But by far the most visually stunning way to travel to Seward is aboard the Alaska Railroad.  The railroad operates daily between Anchorage and Seward during the summer months.  Many cruise lines, including Holland America, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and Regent use Seward as a beginning or ending port for Alaska northbound or southbound cruises due to the close proximity to Anchorage.