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Fishing in Alaska: King Salmon

Fishing in Alaska:  King Salmon

The King Salmon is the official state fish of Alaska. The world record for King Salmon is held by the Kenai River in Alaska, and stands at 97.25 lbs. Of the entire top ten record catches internationally, nine of those occurred on the Kenai River. As there are over 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska, the average size of King Salmon over the entire state is much lower than this, at approximately 20lbs. However, the average King Salmon caught on the Kenai River today is about 50 lbs in weight. Therefore if you plan to go King Salmon fishing in Alaska, the Kenai River is one of the top locations.

The King Salmon fishing season in Alaska lasts from the beginning of May to August, and the Kenai River and Kenai Peninsula are typically the biggest draws for local and visiting anglers. These are both saltwater and freshwater fish, and their spawning run begins as they round the Kenai Peninsula in the Pacific, aiming for the mouth of the Kenai River. It is here that many saltwater fishermen catch large King Salmon. Once the salmon reach the mouth of the Kenai, they begin to work their way upstream, and there is therefore excellent fishing along the river at this point.

If you are inexperienced at King Salmon fishing in Alaska, it is advised that you hire the services of a professional guide. Statistics show that, despite the abundance of King Salmon in these waters at this time of year, an inexperienced angler can spend up to 40 hours fishing before hooking a single King Salmon, never mind landing these often huge fish. However, the help of a guide reduces this period to just a few hours, in which a King Salmon should be both hooked and landed.

The best bait to use for King Salmon in the Kenai River is herring attractors, or you can also troll cut herring. A variety of weights and jigs can be used, depending on your position on the river and various other factors. Again, the assistance of a guide is recommended here.

Salmon fishing in Alaska is by far the most common type of fishing in the state and a higher percentage of Alaskans fish than in any other state in America. During the summer months the daylight hours in Alaska are very long, due to the state’s proximity to the North Pole, and will last 24 hours during midsummer. Therefore a King Salmon fishing trip in Alaska will provide you with plenty of opportunities to hunt this mighty fish.