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All about fishing for rainbow, steelhead, cutthroat, brook and lake trout in AK lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Alaska offers an incredible trout fishing experience, with a variety of trout species found in its pristine lakes and rivers. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state. The state is home to several species of trout, including rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, lake trout, and Dolly Varden trout.

Rainbow trout are perhaps the most famous and sought-after trout species in Alaska. Known for their vibrant colors and acrobatic leaps, they provide a thrilling angling experience. These fish can be found in both lakes and rivers throughout the state, offering ample opportunities for anglers to hook into these prized catches.

Cutthroat trout are another popular species, known for their distinctive red slash marks on the underside of their jaws. They are primarily found in coastal rivers and streams and offer a unique fishing experience for those seeking a challenge in a stunning natural setting.

Lake trout, also known as Mackinaw, are native to the large, deep lakes of Alaska. They are the largest trout species in the state and can reach impressive sizes, providing anglers with a chance to land a true trophy catch.

Dolly Varden trout are closely related to Arctic char and are often found in the same waters. They are beautiful fish with striking coloration and can be caught in both saltwater and freshwater environments.

Alaska's lakes and rivers offer a vast and diverse playground for trout fishing enthusiasts. From the world-famous Kenai River to remote backcountry streams, anglers have numerous opportunities to target different trout species. The state's abundant waters and healthy trout populations have resulted in numerous state records for various trout species, creating an allure for anglers looking to break records and make lasting memories in Alaska's pristine wilderness.

Trout Fishing Waters

Trout fishing in Alaska

Find excellent trout fishing all across Alaska including Aleknagik Lake, Becharof Lake, Lake Clark, Iliamna Lake and many other lakes plus plenty of streams and rivers which hold nice populations of trout. Other waters with trout fishing opportunities include Atigun River, Bear Creek, Byers Creek, Chatanika River, Chena River, Clearwater Creek, Copper River, Delta Clearwater River, Dietrich River, Donnelly Creek, Galbraith Lake, Gulkana River, Jim River, Klutina River, Kobuk River, Kwethluk River, Koyukuk River, Phelan Creek, Mulchatna River, North Fork of Bonanza Creek, Oksrukuyik Creek, Piledriver Slough, Quartz Creek, Riley Creek, Sagavanirktok River, Selawik River, Summit Lake, Tanana River, Windy Creek, Yukon River and many others.

Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 42 lbs 3 oz*

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 6 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 47 lbs 0 oz


Steelhead Fishing


World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 42 lbs 3 oz*

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Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Alaska State Record Trout

The state record rainbow/steelhead trout was caught from Bell Island.

The state record cutthroat trout was taken out of Wilson Lake.

The state record brook trout was taken out of Green Lake.

The state record lake trout was caught in Clarence Lake.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Alaska Trout

Rainbow trout

Visit the Alaska Department of Fish & Game website for information about rainbow trout and steelhead fishing in Alaska.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts. Steelhead are rainbow trout which migrate to and from the ocean to spawn.

Additional trout information

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