Alaska Salmon Fishing

Are you ready for a salmon fishing trip in Alaska?

Also see Alaska king salmon fishing, Alaska red salmon fishing and Alaska silver salmon fishing

alaska salmon fishing, salmon fishing in AlaskaThe opportunity to try their hand at Alaska salmon fishing brings many sport fishermen to Alaska's fresh and salt waters. 

There are five types of salmon present in Alaska, king salmon (also known as chinook), chum salmon (a.k.a. dog), silver salmon (a.k.a. coho),  pink salmon (a.k.a. humpback) and red salmon (a.k.a. sockeye.) 

Of these five, there are three types of salmon: king salmon, silver salmon and red salmon, that are the most popular species for Alaska salmon fishing.  These three species of salmon are all edible and highly prized for their flavor and texture. 

Over time, each salmon species has developed different characteristics and different times for spawning.  Due to the varying times for spawning, the season for salmon fishing in Alaska lasts from late May until early October.  It is during this time that salmon are fortified with nutrients and fat deposits, so it is the peak season for harvesting.  With king fishing starting in May and followed by sockeyes through late July, dogs from July to September, pinks through mid August and silvers from early August into early October, the lengthy salmon season gives anglers ample time to catch some of Alaska's most coveted fish.

Fishing Alaska Salmon - Understanding The Life Cycle Of Alaskan Salmon

The life cycle of Alaskan salmon slightly differs by species, but generally follows a similar pattern.  Salmon are born in freshwater and the small fry move into small pools and channels to feed on plankton, small insects and crustaceans.  After spending a few years in freshwater (anywhere from 1 to 3 years), the adolescent salmon migrate into the sea.  They stay close to the shoreline until they're large enough to brave the open ocean.  Some types of salmon stick close to the shore for the duration of their time in saltwater while others migrate into the far reaches of the North Pacific and Bering Sea.  Salmon return to freshwater for spawning between ages 2 to 7, perishing after laying or fertilizing eggs.  

Alaskan Salmon Fishing For Sustenance

The mighty salmon has always been an important part of Alaska's history.  Over 15,000 of Alaska's households rely on salmon as a food source.  Those families are eating well considering that Alaska's salmon is some of the best in the world for eating.  The flavor of salmon is determined from both diet and fat content.  Alaska's pristine waters and flourishing ecosystems provide the perfect place for salmon to thrive.  The result is meat with naturally developed texture and flavor that is unmatched.  Salmon can be prepared a variety of ways including grilling, smoking, canning, drying, poaching, frying, and broiling.  If fresh enough, saltwater salmon can even be eaten raw. 

Alaskan salmon provides many health benefits and exceptional nutritional value.  Low in calories and saturated fat while high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, selenium, and B vitamins, salmon is an ideal health food.  Studies show that consuming wild salmon regularly benefits cardiovascular health as well as aiding in preventing stroke, cancer, macular degeneration and even Alzheimer's disease.