Alaska is the last place on the planet where one can catch all 5 species of Pacific salmon in abundance. The fishing is still stellar compared to other areas of the Pacific that once had amazing runs of salmon. Fortunately, Alaska is well managed and has been able to keep away from Dams that are and were one of the major reasons for the declines of salmon in the lower 48. Sure, there are other environmental issues that are in battle right now as I type that could possibly upset the last great runs of salmon but that is a whole other topic.
Alaska salmon coming from the Bering Sea side of the Peninsula are still pristine. The fact is that there are no hatcheries here to enhance the runs, just a pure biomass of salmon rearing rivers, estuaries, and of course the Bering Sea. King, Sockeye, Calico, Pink, and Coho salmon roam the rivers and are still in abundance supporting not only a thriving commercial fishery in July for sockeye salmon, but also an incredible sport fishing industry for all 5 species of salmon. The salmon supports all bonus species of Trout, Arctic Grayling, Arctic Char, and Dolly Varden as well.
Sockeye salmon are noted as being the best tasting salmon in all of Alaska. They are the number one targeted species for commercial fisherman with their rate of $1.00 or more per pound every year. But, this is not an article on how to catch sockeye salmon with a net. Fly fishing for sockeye salmon is also very popular and this article gives tips and advice for those anglers looking to target sockeye.
Sockeye salmon spawn in a lake or most spawn above a lake as part of their life cycle. Once the sockeye salmon hit their native spawning river, they usually only stop a few times to rest unlike the other salmon species. These salmon pretty much charge up the river in a migrating stupor that is an amazing sight to see. Just think what it must look like when over a million salmon swim by our shoreline hugging the bank on this migration that lasts weeks. It is truly a sight to see.
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