If you want to fish salmon, Alaska is the perfect place to come. You’ll find here many fishing companions who come to Alaska every year to enjoy a good share of sport fishing. Though there are plenty of species, most of them embark to Alaska fishing trips just for the great salmon.
Fishing is quite an industry in Alaska so there is a very generous range of services available to help you create the best fishing trip. You can browse online for an accommodation suitable for your budget and preferences. You’ll also have to check the areas where your favorite type of salmon is found.
There are actually five basic species of Alaska salmon: King Chinook, Silver Coho, Red Sockeye, Pink Humpback and Chum Keta.
The most popular is the King salmon. It is the largest one and it’s available throughout the whole year. In order to become a record holder of a trophy king salmon, yours has to weigh at least 75 pounds if you catch it in the Kenai River and 50 pounds for the rest of the state. It’s found in large rivers with high water flow. There is abundance in the Kenai River, Cook Inlet and Southeast areas.
The Silver Coho is found in very accessible bodies with fresh water such as the coastal waters, tributaries of big rivers or the Yukon River. If you’ll go from Southeast to Point Hope, you’ll get lucky and catch plenty of them. They have an average size between 6 and 12 pounds. If you’ll get one over 20 pounds, you can get a trophy certificate.
The Red Sockeye Salmon is considered to be the most delicious Pacific salmon. The popular fishing spots in Alaska are the rivers nearby Bristol Bay, the Kenai Peninsula or the Kasilof River. When one weights over 12 pounds, you are eligible for a trophy certificate.
The Pink Humpback is the smallest one and it’s common in September or August in coastal regions. It has an average of 3-5 pounds. If yours weighs more than 8 pounds, you can get a trophy.
The Chum Keta is mostly found in northwest or arctic regions. It is sometimes caught while trying to fish other species of salmon. It typically has between 10 and 15 pounds. If has over 15 lb, you can get a trophy certificate.
There is no better place on the planet to fish for salmon. Just pick a variety and go get it. You can choose a certain lodge according to the location and the proximity to a certain species. You won’t find any other place that offers such an abundance of salmon and such a captivating landscape to enjoy while fishing.