It’s ev­ery an­gler’s dream: a trip to Alaska.

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Just the thought of bouts with salmon and hal­ibut near breach­ing whales and soar­ing bald ea­gles stirs the soul. Alaska’s phe­nom­e­nal boun­ties of wildlife and sea life beckon; here are six op­tions to turn that dream into a re­al­ity. Al­though you could, in the­ory, ex­plore 6,640 miles of Alaska coast­line — more than all the other 49 states com­bined — the best fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences hap­pen along the state’s south­east and south­west coasts from May to mid-Septem­ber. North of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, you’ll find a dearth of fish­ing lodges and el­e­ments more se­vere; most trav­el­ing an­glers find it far more sat­is­fy­ing to base fish fights out of lodges where a cozy bed, good eats and ex­pe­ri­enced guides can tip a trip into the un­for­get­table zone. An­other coastal ben­e­fit is that salmon mi­grate up rivers to spawn, al­low­ing boun­ti­ful in­shore fish­ing for them as well. To help with the chal­lenge of se­lect­ing a premier Alaska fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the fol­low­ing lodges (listed al­pha­bet­i­cally) of­fer a mix of lo­ca­tions that aim to please. (Note: Al­ways check be­fore book­ing for cur­rent rates and sea­sonal spe­cials; un­less oth­er­wise noted, all meals are in­cluded. Keep in mind that posted rates are often ne­go­tiable.)

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