River TunaKing SalmonPink SalmonSalmon Rushdie
Chinook aka King Salmon are the biggest of the Salmon species. The world record King Salmon was taken from the Kenai River in Soldotna, AK weighing in at 97lbs.!
River ChickenRiver TunaSpeckled SalmonSilver Salmon
The Coho aka Silver Salmon is a highly sought after game fish due to their hard fighting, acrobatic tendencies. Their catching appeal also comes from the fact that they are aggressive strikers and will readily hit spoons, lures, and salmon roe.
PlanktonSmall BirdsSmall FishSalmon Eggs
Sockeye Salmon is the smallest of the pacific salmon, but their meat is prized above all. Their diet however consists solely of plankton, thus making them the trickiest salmon of all to catch.
Pink SalmomSilver SalmonRed SalmonRainbow Salmon
Sockeye are also known as Red Salmon, they tend to migrate up rivers in big hoards, so once you find one, there are usually many, many more!
Ketchikan is well known as the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for sport fishermen and naturalists alike. During the summer months, our town bustles with visitors from all over the world. While the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street preserves a distinct historic feel, the town hums with new construction to keep up with the ever-expanding wave of tourism.
The world record King Salmon was taken from the Kenai River in Soldotna, AK weighing in at 97lbs.
Chinook SalmonCoho SalmonSockeye SalmonSilver Salmon
The trick to catching a Sockeye is to get your leader line to thread their mouth thus bringing the hook to the corner of the jaw, and wham! Fish on! This is what has been dubbed flossing.
Yellow SalmonChum SalmonGreen SalmonEmperor Salmon
Salmon snobs of Alaska will often turn up their noses at Chums because they are thought to be only fit for dog food. However, the Chum is a popular fish on the national and international markets being found usually by the name of Silverbright.
Humpback WhalesGraylingA species scientifically known as the "megalops"Trout
In fact, they are so closely related that fishermen and scientists often have a difficult time classifying the individual species. Both fish are classified as “an oily fish”. Technically Trout are a species of freshwater and saltwater fish and Salmon belong to some of the same family as trout. However unlike most trout, most salmon species spend most of their lives in salt water and are not usually found in fresh water on a regular basis.
There are five species of Alaska salmon: king (or chinook), red (sockeye), pink (humpys), silver (coho), and chum (sometimes called dog).