Monthly Guide: What to Expect in Early, Mid, and Late Summer in Alaska

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Alaska is often referred to as the “Last Frontier” because it’s a place of wild beauty and adventure. It’s also a place that has vastly different experiences available depending on the time of year that you visit. Before you decide when you want to go to Alaska, here’s a seasonal guide to help you understand what you can expect at various times during the summer.

For the purposes of this guide, we’re dividing the “summer” season into three parts:

  • Early: May through mid-June
  • Middle: mid-June through July
  • Late: August through September

Early Summer: May to Mid-June

In the early part of summer you can expect to find some of the best discounts and prices on Alaskan fishing vacation. This is primarily because the weather won’t be really warm yet, but it will be generally more dry than later in the year.

Weather

The biggest question most people have about visiting Alaska early in the season is the weather. It will be cooler this time of year, with average lows around 40 degrees and average highs only reaching around 55 degrees (Fahrenheit).

You will be able to get a decent amount of daylight, though, with around 16 to 18 sunlight hours. Sunlight starts to drop off again in early July, so visiting early gives you more daylight to use each day.

The weather can be pretty unpredictable this time of year, with the potential for very cold days and even late-season snow; however, it is also one of the driest parts of the year, so if you don’t want to encounter as much rain, it’s a good time to plan a trip. Dress warm and bring a variety of clothing if you come in early summer.

Fishing

If you’re heading to Alaska for fishing, early season is when you can expect to find:

  • King salmon
  • Halibut
  • Rockfish
  • Ling cod
  • Pacific cod
  • Keta salmon (starting in June)

Because there is plenty of daylight in May and June, you can fish for eight hours of the day and still have lots of time to take other trips or excursions, like wildlife eco tours, photography tours, and hiking.

Other wildlife and adventures

Beyond fishing you can also find time for adventures to see the local area. The first salmon run occurs in May, which draws the first groups of grizzly bears hoping to get an early start to their feeding season. It’s also a time when wildflowers are in full bloom, which is perfect for nature photographers and hikers. Humpback whales and other marine life are just arriving from their migration so you can expect to see them in the waters around the Inside Passage.

Midsummer: Mid-June to July

Starting in mid-June the weather is warming up and most of the summer activities are open. You will likely encounter more tourists this time of year, and prices are usually higher.

Weather

July is the warmest month of the summer season, but it’s still not going to be really warm. You can plan for around 17 hours of daylight with temperatures ranging from 48 degree lows at night to about 65 degree days. However, if you plan to be out on the water fishing, it will be colder so you still need to pack warm clothes.

Fishing

Some of the early season fish are still around through June and even July, and some additional species start to show up. Mid-season fish include:

  • King salmon
  • Halibut
  • Pink salmon
  • Keta salmon
  • Rockfish
  • Ling cod
  • Pacific cod

Other things to know

Salmon are spawning in the rivers during this time of year so you can often spot grizzlies and black bears feasting, and the days are the longest around late June. You may even have a few nights with very little actual darkness—even after the sun sets and before it rises you still get “civil twilight” when it’s light enough to see. This is perfect for fishing and other excursions, extending your day, although it might be hard on your sleep schedule.

It’s also the time of year when you are more likely to catch bald eagle, grizzly bear, and orca (killer whale) sightings.

Late Summer: August to September

In the final months of summer, days are getting shorter but the weather remains pretty warm and it’s still a great time for fishing and wildlife watching.

Weather

Temperatures start to drop again around the middle of August, and the days will get shorter. By September the temperatures are similar to May and early June, reaching the mid-50s in the daytime and the low 40s at night. September only has about 14 hours of daylight.

Fishing

In the final months of the season the King salmon are gone, but there are still plenty of fish available:

  • Coho salmon
  • Halibut
  • Pink salmon (through August)
  • Keta salmon (through August)
  • Rockfish
  • Ling cod
  • Pacific cod

Other things to know

As the days get shorter in August and September, you will have a chance to catch the incredible natural phenomenon known as the Northern Lights (aurora borealis). It’s only visible at night in the northern sky, so coming early in the year means there’s not enough dark night hours. September is also the start of the migration for many whales and marine life, so you can find them heading south for warmer water in the winter. There are still bears around as well, trying to fatten up before all the fish are gone.

Late August and September are also the time of year when you can see some of the most incredible displays of fall foliage in the world. While it’s a little cooler, this season can be well worth it for your trip.

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Discover why people like you can’t stop talking about Pybus Point Lodge. More than 30 years ago, Pybus Point Lodge opened as a simple fishing camp, drawing a devoted following in spite of basic accommodations. With new owners and experienced captains and crew, our corner of Alaska has become an unbeatable all-inclusive fishing and eco-tourism resort.

Andrea Tate

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Pybus Point Lodge has some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I mean absolutely breathtaking! In addition to the amazing fishing, I hiked to a beautiful secluded lake, soaked in some hot pots, saw several waterfalls, went whale watching, saw bears and all kinds of wildlife and marine life. As a photographer, photographing a wedding under a waterfall will remain a highlight of my life.

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We had the best time! This was our first visit to Pybus, but it definitely will not be our last. The stunning scenery, amazing fishing experience, and the joy of meeting new friends – all outstanding! We did not want to leave!!! If you are thinking about this trip – don’t think any more, just book it. You will not regret it!!!

Sharon Hedding

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had such an amazing time the staff was so wonderful and the lodge was fantastic! capt Joe was so helpful and always doing what ever he could do to make each day special. a special thank you to both Scott and Jody for taking the time to make us feel like family. can't wait to go back next year

Jason Nielsen

Wonderful and Magical Place

We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery.    I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

Brandon Foote

We brought home 100lbs of fish!

My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

Kent Danjanovich

Fun in Alaska

This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.

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