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Alaska Salmon Fishing

All about fishing for chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye salmon in AK.

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Salmon fishing in Alaska

Find salmon fishing all across Alaska including Aleknagik Lake, Becharof Lake, Lake Clark, Iliamna Lake and many other lakes plus plenty of streams and rivers used by salmon for spawn runs. Plan a fly fishing trip to catch big salmon including king, chum, coho, pink and sockeye salmon.

The Alaska state record chinook salmon (king salmon) and the state record sockeye salmon were both caught from the Kenai River. The Moose River produced the AK state record pink salmon (humpback salmon). State record coho salmon and chum salmon were taken from the Pacific Ocean.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Alaska Salmon

Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Visit the website for fishing reports and information about salmon fishing in Alaska.

Alaska Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

AK State Record: 97 lbs 4 oz

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon

World record: 35 lbs 0 oz

AK State Record: 32 lbs 0 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

AK State Record: 26 lbs 0 oz

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

AK State Record: 12 lbs 9 oz

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon

World record: 15 lbs 4 oz

AK State Record: 16 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Alaska salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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