Saltwater king salmon, known as chinook salmon, have two significant runs in Alaska. The first run is around May 15 – June 30, and the second run is around July 1 – 31. Since these mighty fish are known for their power and endurance, chinook salmon are an angler’s most desirable catch. Plan for this year’s Alaska king salmon season to ensure a successful fishing trip, both in and out of the boat!

4:45 a.m.

Beep! Beep! Beep! It’s time to wake up and have an exciting day in Sitka, Alaska. 

5:15 a.m.

After slipping into your fishing attire, make your way to Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge for a free breakfast. You can select a light breakfast option, such as muffins, cinnamon rolls, yogurt, and fruit. Or, indulge in a large, hearty meal with eggs, bacon, and more! Forget about packing lunch, snacks, and beverages, since they’re all included during your guided or self-guided fishing trip.

5:50 a.m.

The boats are now warmed up and ready to go. Head down to the dock and board your fishing charter. While guided fishing trips and self-guided fishing trips may run differently, both trips include your fishing gear

6 a.m.

You’re officially out on the water! During your self-guided trip, cruise around Sitka Sound’s protected waters. The sound is home to all five species of salmon, halibut, and rockfish. Depending on the month of your vacation, you may need to travel quite a ways away from our lodge to catch a trophy salmon. If you’re embarking on a guided trip, your USCG certified captain will bring you to the best salmon fishing spot. They’ll even teach you proper techniques on how to catch salmon, such as trolling, mooching, or jigging. 

3 p.m.

It’s time to head back to the dock. We hope you took photos of your catches for the day because everyone will be eager to see your trophy fish! If you caught some salmon worth keeping, Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge’s staff will clean and prepare the fish for you.

4:30 p.m.

Depending on the season, continue to fish from our dock. If you’re visiting right now, you can be successful and catch halibut and rockfish without traveling on a boat. Or, if you need a break from fishing for the evening, enjoy Sitka’s beauty with your loved ones. Our lodge accommodates eight to 10 guests at a time, so you’ll truly be in a serene environment.  

6 p.m.

Head inside and clean up for dinner. Our lodge also serves our guests dinner every day to ensure a stress-free vacation. The meals range from steak to chicken to fresh seafood. And of course a sweet treat at the end! 

Alaska’s Big Salmon Lodge

Since king salmon runs are extremely popular times for visitors to go fishing, it’s wise to reserve your lodging accommodations as soon as possible. To learn about how you can have a successful Alaska king salmon season, explore our website, or talk to our staff at 1-907-290-7030.