Updated November 2023
Alaskan Fishing Features
Alaskan Fishing is a 5 reel non-progressive slot machine, but with an important extra feature that sets it apart from most of the other machines in your favourite online casino. Alaskan Fishing, launched in November, 2009, is one of Microgaming's first slot machines to completely dispense with traditional paylines. Instead, a winning combination occurs anytime the same symbols appear on adjacent reels from left to right regardless of their position on each reel. This amazing innovation gives you 243 different ways to win! Since you no longer have to worry about traditional paylines, wins of all sizes, including the various jackpots for hitting like symbols on all five reels, can happen a lot more often. The downside, though, is that even the jackpots are quite small.
Another distinctive characteristic of this game is that you won't be dealt any playing cards to distract you. Every symbol on the reels is directly related to the fishing theme. You almost feel like you could be fishing in a real lake, or at least you want to be.
The buttons you select while playing all have fish icons, and the spinning reels are under water. From the boat or plane that takes you to the fishing site, to the patiently waiting fisherman and the tackle, reel, and bait box he will be using, to the trout and salmon that look good enough to eat, the authenticity is incredible. A bear and eagle appear on the scene, too; they are trying to catch some fish themselves.
Whenever you hit a winning combination, even if you don't immediately look at the win meter, you will know because the brightly coloured symbols in question become animated. For example, a swooping eagle, a boat bobbing up and down, or a salmon suddenly leaping up from the water might be your first clue that you just reeled in something big.
While you are happily spinning away in calm blue waters without a care in the world, soothing piano and guitar music plays in the background. But the second you win, the music switches to up-tempo old-style rock n' roll, more in keeping with your own upbeat mood celebrating what just happened on the reels.
On the other hand, if your fishing adventure seems to be going a bit awry, before you call it a day, it might be as good a time as any to take a break and watch a short video clip about various aspects of fishing. Then, return to the game recharged,
hoping to find this time that the waters are a lot more inviting.