Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fishing
"Reds"Salmon fishing in Alaska wouldn't be complete without catching a Alaska sockeye! The first run of Alaska sockeye “red” salmon typically enters the Kenai River the beginning of June. With a limit of 3 a day, these fish provide a real fight. Red Salmon are frequently in numbers so plentiful that it is difficult not to snag them occasionally but only fish hooked in the mouth can be kept. Reds can be fished from the bank off our platforms right in front of our Alaskan fishing lodge. These meaty Alaska sockeye salmon weigh an average of 10 pounds and are considered by many to be the best eating of all the salmon. They are easily caught using a streamer fly and a flip type casting method. We fish the first run of reds in the middle to upper parts of the Kenai and Russian Rivers.
At Krog's Kamp, we believe that every Alaska sockeye salmon fishing trip should be the adventure of a lifetime, so visit our Alaska travel planner and book your Alaska sockeye fishing trip today.
Alaska Sockeye Salmon Identification
When your out Alaska sockeye salmon fishing, it is useful to know your species. Alaska sockeye salmon range between 24" - 33" in length and weigh between 5 -15 pounds in the wild. Sea faring sockeye salmon have silver sides with black speckles and blue top (nicknamed blueback). Upon return from the ocean, Alaska sockeye salmon turns bright red and their heads begin to take on a green color. Breeding aged male sockeye have a humped back with a hooked jaw.
The life of a Sockeye Salmon
No Alaska sockeye salmon fishing expert would be caught dead without knowing the lifecycle of the Alaska sockeye. Sockeye salmon are born in fresh water, but unlike other salmon types they require a lake to rear their young. Upon hatching, sockeye fry will stay in their rearing grounds for up to three years before they head out to sea. Their diet of choice is zooplankton while basking in the ocean currents before returning to spawn in one to four years. Both male and female sockeye salmon die within a few weeks of spawning.
Interesting Sockeye Salmon Facts:
- The name "Sockeye" is a failed attempt at interpreting the suk-kegh which is Salish for "red fish".
- Alaska Sockeye get their color from the orange krill they eat while ocean bound.
- Sockeye salmon fishing world record (sport) is 31 inches 16 lbs.
- Sockeye Salmon Fishing world record caught on the Kenai River.
- CONCLUSION: Krog's Kamp sits on the best sockeye salmon fishing location.
Sockeye Salmon Nutrition
Sockeye Salmon is naturally low in Sodium and a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin and Phosphorus. It is also a very good source of Protein, Niacin, Vitamin B12 and Selenium. More nutritional data on Sockeye Salmon can be found at nutritiondata.self.com