The Great Alaskan Break-Up

Alaska is starting to come alive. Noticeable changes in weather–the longer days, meltings snow and ice with consistent high temperatures above freezing–energize people all across the state. The true signs that spring, or “Break-Up” as the locals call it, has arrived in Alaska can be witnessed by the uptick in recreation and preparations for the upcoming summer months.

Alaskans are eager to shake off the cabin fever and malaise that a long winter can cause. This time of year inspires us to get outside and enjoy many diverse activities on most spring days. You’ll most likely see different people fishing, kayaking, boating, skiing, snow machining, beach combing, hunting, camping and sightseeing, remarkably on the same day.

Spring means summer is close – the most anticipated time of year in our great state. It also means the first vacationers will begin to enjoy the same recreational opportunities as the locals.

Of course, the main thing we like to do this time of year is spring trout fishing on the Kenai, but the occasional hike, beach combing outing or road trip to one of our favorite small towns, allows us to become tourists in our own state.

Though the weather can be unpredictable this time of year, the spring is an excellent time to beat the summer crowds. A handful of businesses are beginning to open their doors for the season, and it can be a good time to take advantage of reduced early season rates.

For us as fishing guides, it is a great time of the year to get out on the water and prepare for the summer guiding season. The rivers are not very busy and offer a feeling like you havethe whole place to yourself. As an added bonus, the fishing can be very good, with trophy-sized trout lurking in some of our favorite runs.

As the landscape turns from white to brown, and brown to green, so too do our adventurous spirits begin to awaken and renew.  We’ve made it! Now let’s get out and enjoy Alaska.

David Lisi is the owner of Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC based in Cooper Landing, AK where he makes his year-round home with his business partner and girlfriend Jackie. He is a professional fishing guide and outfitter on both the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers on the Kenai Peninsula. David has a passion for teaching various fishing techniques.  He spends upwards of 250-300 days a year guiding and fishing on many of Alaska’s famed rivers. David and Jackie are passionate about exploring Alaska and they are excited to share their home with you.

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