Salmon Fishing in Alaska

Alaskan salmon fishing is a great adventure for any fisherman and is today more attainable than ever. A wide range of companies offer salmon fishing charters for all types of fishermen and budgets. If you are a novice sports fisher or an experienced fishing enthusiast, you will be able to find a fishing trip that is ideal for you. Salmon fishing in Alaska is open for individuals as well as for large groups that like to enjoy a remarkable escapade together. You will have the chance to catch Silver Salmon and Sockeye Salmon, as well as the gigantic King Salmon.

Silver salmon is also known as Coho salmon, and its scientific name is Oncorhynchus kisutch. In addition to the Alaskan waters, you will also find Silver salmon in Japan, along with the U.S east coast and around Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands in Russia. The Silver Salmon is an appreciated game fish and is caught in fresh as well as salt water. During the spawning season, Silver salmon will swim up the Alaskan rivers to mate. It is wonderful to watch as this active fish relentlessly chases baits. Silver salmon like to congregate and form large schools in shallow waters, preferably close to the beach, which makes it possible to catch them from the shore as well as from boats. Silver salmon are a delicious food fish, especially when ocean caught. The amount of fat will affect the taste, and only spring Sockeye salmon and the King salmon can compete with it when it comes to fat levels. This has made it a critical part of an Alaskan native diet. Native American tribes that inhabited the region relied on Silver salmon, Sockeye salmon and King salmon for their survival. The Silver salmon was highly regarded and viewed as a symbol of life and sustenance. The fat in the fish that you catch while fishing is the healthy kind of fat that can prevent heart conditions.

On your fishing tour, you may also encounter the Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Bristol Bay in Alaska is where you will find the world’s biggest harvest of Sockeye salmon. A Sockeye salmon can reach a length of 33 inches and weigh up to 8 pounds. It is known by many names, including Blueback Salmon and Red salmon. It is also possible to let your fishing experience in Alaska take place in landlocked bodies of water since Sockeye salmon inhabit such water too in additions to rivers and saltwater. When caught in landlocked waters, the Sockeye salmon is called Kokanee. The color of a Sockeye salmon will change as it moves from saltwater to freshwater during the spawning season. In saltwater, the Sockeye salmon features a blue and green coloration on top and is silver colored at the bottom. In freshwater, the body coloration will instead turn vividly red while the head will look pale and greenish. Females will sometimes develop yellow and green spots. Sockeye salmon is a popular canning fish since the flesh has an appealing orange color. Fresh Sockeye salmon is typically more expensive than the other types of salmon that you can catch during your Alaska salmon fishing trip.