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Alaska Backcountry

Fishing Montana Creek

The Last Frontier Adventure

The Alaskan scenery

Definition of terms below
Location: Alaska
Directions: Fly, drive or take a boat to southern Alaska
Difficulty: Adventure of a lifetime
Distance: 1200+ Miles Roundtrip
Rating: 10 out of 10
Fishing: The best place to go!
Scenery: Awesome, big mountains, lakes, streams and rivers 
Map: Printable Topo Map


Alaska is everything you have heard and more. The greens are greener the mountains are bigger and the fishing is out of this world. 

A few suggestions:

  • Go during the Summer Solstice-21+ hours of daylight
  • Take a head net, gloves and light jacket/pants to keep the mosquitoes off you
  • Don't make a rigorous schedule to hold too, there is so much to see and do
  • Buy an Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer and a Milepost book

On our trip we flew into Anchorage, rented a Chevy Lumina 4-door car at the airport and headed over to Kings, a huge sporting goods store, to buy our fishing licenses. The reasons this trip sticks in my mind is: my brother and I brought our fishing gear, sleeping bags, 12 MRE's a piece, and we bought a case of DR Pepper---we did not have a lot of money to spend and it made the trip all the more memorable. We caught a nap in the car whenever we got tired or when the sun went down for a couple of hours and stayed wherever we ended up after each days travels, we usually fished until 11 or 12 pm. If we were not tired we would drive during the dusk hours to our next fishing opportunity.

We headed northeast up Highway 1 stopping at almost every lake and stream we came across, we usually did not fish too long at one spot unless we were landing a bunch of fish, we let all the fish go that we caught. When we reached Tok, AK the mosquitoes were so bad (when you looked at your hands they were black from so many mosquitoes, literally thousands were flying around your head) we turned south and headed down to Valdez to check it out.

Valdez was a neat fishing village, we stayed long enough to turn around and head back out into the backcountry. We headed north again making our way towards Talkeetna. But on our journey we turned off and headed towards Hope, Ak. The area around Hope was awe inspiring, besides the fact we did not see another person for a couple days. We fished some beaver ponds and nearly ran into a bear (when we crossed a bridge going to the ponds there was not a pile of bear scat but when we returned later there was) we did have a run in with a moose at 15 yards but both parties played it cool and there was no confrontation.

Talkeetna, AK was great, the fish were huge and there was nobody else around. We had the chance to fish Montana Creek, Moose Creek, Sheep Creek and others in the area We caught so many fish we thought we were on a fishing show. We spent the night at a pull off with Mt McKinley in the background, from what we heard the mountain is usually not visible all that much.

Fishing-- We fished and fished and fished and never got tired of catching fish, it was like we were living a dream. 

 Do it again? YES, In a heart beat.

Other Links:

Alaska Fishing- Locations and Times
Alaska Online
Alaska Fishing

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