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Salmon Fishing

Fishing for Salmon

The fishing season begins with the return of the first runs of salmon in the spring. The largest of the five species and the first to return to the streams where they were born is the mighty King, also referred to as chinooks. (You should know that each salmon species has at least two names, so a bit of confusion is understandable, especially for the newcomer.) Kings begin to show up in mid-April in the Kodiak and Bristol Bay area, and by mid-May they're available in Southeast and Southcentral. The Kings are followed closely by reds (or sockeyes), pinks (humpies), chums, (dogs) and silvers (cohos). All five species offer exciting fishing experiences whether they're pursued in fresh water or salt, and spawning salmon are available nearly everywhere in the state during the busy summer season.

Anchorage visitors can take advantage of the King and silver salmon runs in Ship Creek, almost within the shadows of the downtown hotels and office buildings. For most of the summer local fishers take time off from work at lunchtime and stop off after office hours to mingle with visitors who have gotten the word on this excellent urban fishery. Another supremely accessible alternative is the Seward silver salmon fishing from shore in July and August.

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