The excitement of Alaska salmon season is underway as anglers from all over the world clamor in search of the Pacific Northwest’s five highly coveted native species. For many fishermen and women, Sitka, Alaska, has become synonymous with salmon. From the many Sitka fishing guides and sport anglers to the commercial fleets that move in and out of the local harbors, anyone fortunate enough to have experienced salmon fishing in Alaska will tell you of the exhilaration associated with landing one of these amazing sportfish.
Although there are several Alaska fishing lodges to choose, Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge is ideally located on the panhandle, near Sitka, where their guests enjoy some of the highest catch rates in Southeast Alaska. In addition to the above-average catch rates, Big Salmon Lodge gives you the option to partake in either guided or self-guided fishing trips. Either way, you’ll be primed to make the most of Alaska salmon season.
Salmon Fishing in Alaska: The 5 Native Species
- Pink salmon—a.k.a. Humpies are the smallest of the “Big Five,” and males are best identified by a protruding hump between their head and dorsal fin. The peak season for pink salmon is late-June to late-September.
- Chum salmon—a.k.a. Dog salmon are characterized by their light-grey back and light orange to yellowish-silver sides. Males exhibit large, dog-like teeth, hence the nickname. The peak season for chum salmon is also late-June to late-September.
- Sockeye salmon—a.k.a. Red salmon are known to be almost exclusively red during spawning and bluish-silver otherwise. While all five native salmon species can thrive in fresh or saltwater, sockeye requires a freshwater lake to develop in as fry, much like their chum and pink salmon brethren, sockeyes peak from late-June to late-September.
- Coho salmon—a.k.a. Silver salmon are a highly adaptable species that prefer a moderate velocity current when inhabiting rivers. Characterized by a greenish-blue hue and silver sides, coho salmon also exhibit a black mouth and white gums at the base of their teeth on the lower jaw. The peak season for coho is July through September.
- King salmon—a.k.a. Chinook is the largest of the five native species and has a blue-gray back and silver sides. Similar to the coho, king salmon have black mouths, but their gums are also black. The peak season for kings runs from April to the end of September.
Alaska Salmon Season with Big Salmon Lodge
So, whether you are looking for a guided fishing trip or a solo adventure, Big Salmon Lodge has you covered with the knowledge and accommodations to get you where you need to be for the Alaska salmon season. Our goal is to give you the ultimate fishing experience, no matter how you choose to go about it. For more information on our packages and lodging, please visit us online or call 907-290-7030.