Fishing in Alaska Bear Country
It is important that we don’t teach bears that anglers can provide an easy meal!
Bears Have Rights to the Prime Fishing Sites
- Fish are a critical food source for bears; give them plenty of time and room to fish.
- If a bear approaches while you are fishing, ensure you are not blocking its path. Back away from the shore and allow the bear to pass or fish.
- Find a new fishing site if yours is claimed by a bear.
Splashing Fish Attracts Bears
- If a bear is near enough to notice a fish splashing—STOP FISHING!
- If a bear approaches while you have a fish on the line, give it slack or cut the line to eliminate splashing and prevent the bear from taking the fish away from you.
- If a bear attempts to take fish from you, surrender your catch to the fast moving current.
Secure Your Catch
- Fish remains attract bears. Clean your fish at the beach or shore and cast all remains into the ocean, lake, or river.
- If there are bears on the beach, it may be best to wait until you leave the area to clean your fish.
- Immediately store your fish in a bear-resistant container (available from your KBA guide).
Fish and Travel in the Open
- Avoid places where geographic factors, such as heavy cover, prevent you from seeing what’s ahead.
- Be alert and noisy in areas where the sound of running water may prevent you from hearing bears, and vise versa.
- Remember, bears that are surprised are dangerous.