Trolling for Alaska King Salmon

Author Chris Brewer with the Alaska king salmon she caught while trolling

By Chris Brewer For many people, if not most (Alaskans included), when you talk about fishing for King salmon, the first thing that comes to mind is river-fishing, either from the bank or from a boat. The banks and waterways are crowded as anglers from Outside (people from anywhere other than Alaska), as well as locals, vie for a chance to land one of the legendary “monster” Kenai River Kings. Everyone is hoping that maybe, just maybe, they’ll be the one to catch the fish that beats Les [Read More]

Alaska King Salmon Fact Sheet

Guest Russ Andrus Alaska King Salmon fishing

Names Common Name: King Salmon Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Other Names: Chinook Salmon, Blackmouth, Spring salmon King Salmon Description Color & Markings: Black irregular spots on their back, dorsal fins, and both lobes of the tail fin. Black gums and black mouth under the tongue. Size: 36+ inches and 30+ lbs at maturity. Distinguishing Features: The only Pacific salmon with both black mouth and black gums. King Salmon Fishing Book your King Salmon [Read More]

Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fact Sheet

Boardwalk fishing guide Kris Atkins holds sockeye salmon for guest photo op

Names Common Name: Sockeye Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Other Names: Red Salmon or Blueback Sockeye Salmon Description Color & Markings: Sea going Sockeye (and those that have recently entered rivers to spawn), have iridescent silvery sides and a white belly. Their backs are a metallic blue-green color. They may have fine, black speckling on their back, but they do not have large distinct spots. As the fish progress farther up river, they turn bright red (hence their [Read More]

Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing on the Fly

Coho Salmon fishing (aka Silver Salmon) in Southeast Alaska

by John Conger As originally published in American Outdoorsman Magazine — Summer 2018 Wham, another wild ‘Slamming Silver’ Salmon just crushed my 1982 Pink Pixie lure on light tackle on a remote stream on the last day of my salmon fishing trip on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Just like the previous five, (limit is six) this 15-pound hooked-nosed beast took the monofilament out of my spool at warp speed. Down the stream it flew, using the swift current like a [Read More]