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6 Tips for Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing

Alaska is a land of vast wilderness and draws many adventurous anglers. Silver Salmon pulse into Alaskan rivers in July, August, September and October depending on the location. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy great fishing for Coho Salmon (Silvers) in the land of the Last Frontier.

Tip 1: Alaskan Silvers Love Spinners

Silver Salmon are well known for their aggressive demeanor and will readily snap and strike at hardware such as Spinners or Spoons. Spinners are the most versatile lure for Alaskan Salmon. Whether the river is high from rain & snowmelt or low & clear, every angler’s arsenal should include a variety of Spinners.

My favorite lure for Alaskan Silver Salmon is the Blue Fox Vibrax Spinner. Vibrax Spinners are available in a variety of colors and sizes. Every fishermen should include Size 3, Size 4, Size 5 and even the jumbo Size 6 in their tackle pack. Silver Salmon are attracted to the flash of the rotating silver blade more than anything (it mimics the flash of the baitfish they have spent their entire lives feeding on). Color seems to be less important than size but popular colors are Chrome Blue, Chartreuse Yellow, Hot Pink, Rainbow Trout and Firetiger Yellow. Smaller Spinners work very well even when low water diminishes a Silver Salmon’s aggression. When targeting trophy Silver Salmon during normal to high water the bigger the Spinner the better!

Tip 2: Pack Your Fly Rod

Alaska is the perfect place to test your fly fishing skills and Silver Salmon will attack a fly with a vengeance. Fly fishing for Silver Salmon can be a lot of fun, even for someone who has had little fly fishing experience. Select a quality 8 weight fly rod, a fly reel with a sturdy drag and a floating fly line for your next Alaskan fishing trip. A variety of large salmon flies in Pink, Purple, Black and Chartreuse. I always recommend carrying a selection of split shot sinkers for deeper rivers & streams.

Tip 3: High Water & Low Water Strategies

Alaska is a land of extremes… weather included. To maximize your fish catching on your next fishing trip, be prepared for high & dirty to low & clear water conditions. When the water is high and colored, bring larger and brighter lures that will get down in heavy currents and attract Silver Salmon in murky water. During periods of low water, bring smaller spinners, jigs, cured roe to target Silvers when they are less aggressive.

Tip 4: Step off the Beaten Path

Many fishermen travel around the Alaskan road system looking for Silver Salmon. The most popular Silver Salmon areas are typically within close distance from a road. Hiking into the bush will get you away from the roadside crowds and can present some pretty amazing fishing opportunities. Anytime you travel into the wild, make sure you are prepared for anything. Familiarize yourself with the area and pick up a detailed map; make sure to pack bear spray, first aid kit, compass, topo map, extra food and communication device if applicable.

Tip 5: Consider Catch & Release Options

While Alaska is world famous for its abundance of Salmon, practicing catch and release will help to ensure the health of the returns. If you are planning your Alaskan fishing adventure, consider just how much salmon your family will consume in the next six months. Frozen/Vac-Packed salmon will keep for 3-6 months, so try not to overload on fish that will be left uneaten. I’ve seen countless groups of anglers come up here and experience “Fillet Greed”. Keep enough salmon to enjoy it at home for a few months and catch & release the rest. There is no worse feeling for a fisherman than having to throw away freezer burned salmon.

Tip 6: Take Care of Your Catch

Salmon is one of my favorite foods and I pride myself in taking good care of my catch from the minute I land a fish. Upon landing a Silver Salmon that you plan on keeping be sure to bleed your catch. If you are fishing on a warm summer day, be sure to keep your fish cool as long as possible. I always carry a small rope so that I can string up my Salmon and keep them in the cool river. When you get back to camp, be sure to process your fish as soon as possible. Fillet and freeze. Vacuum packaged Salmon will keep twice as long as any Salmon just thrown in a Zip-lock baggie. I prefer to label my bags with the date so I know when I need to eat it.

I hope you all get a chance to experience Alaskan Silver Salmon fishing. It is a true experience and a lot of fun!



Alaskan Sockeye Fishing Cordova

Red Salmon Fishing in Cordova Alaska

The mention of Alaskan salmon fishing conjures up thoughts of cold running water set with a backdrop of towering snowcapped mountain ranges. The Alaskan fishing experience can mean a run-in with a brown bear, eagle sightings and yes… plenty of salmon. Here in Cordova, Alaska we have some of the most amazing salmon fishing on the planet. The guests here at Orca Adventure Lodge travel to Cordova in May, June and July for amazing fishing for Reds. The guides at the lodge use top quality fishing gear, provide waders, and land a mountain of Reds during each salmon fishing season. As a guide for Orca Adventure Lodge one of the most rewarding experiences is seeing the huge smile that a guests’ first salmon can bring. We see a lot of smiles.

Today was a great way to start my Alaskan summer. I had a group of college students from Fort Collins, Colorado. They were on a mission to catch fish. We hunted around until we found a large school of Red Salmon in one of my favorite fishing spots. After setting up the ‘kids’ (by the way, college students never think of themselves as ‘kids’), we set up the rods and began our assault.

Within mere minutes, several of my new friends began hooking ocean fresh Sockeye salmon. It was the perfect day. We were drenched in the Alaskan summer sunshine, hooking dozens of Red salmon and landing a few less than that. By the end of the day all of my new friends had landed at least a few salmon, many of them caught their first salmon ever! The great people, warm weather and amazing fishing of today are the reasons that being a fishing guide is so fulfilling!


Flyfishing for Silver Salmon

Flyfishing for Silver Salmon: Prince William Sound

The hot fishing action just keeps getting better and better here in Cordova! We have been targeting Silver Salmon on many small rivers, streams and tidewater areas around Prince William Sound. When torrential rains flood out our favorite haunts, we hit several of the tributaries that can handle the precip. When bluebird skies and a lack of rain turns our favorite Silver Salmon streams to an unfishable trickle, we head to the salt! It’s a great place to visit for unbelievable fly fishing.

Today we headed out to fish one of our favorite tidal lagoon, chocked full of aggressive Silvers, eager to take a fly! Guide Andrew and some of his favorite clients hit the tide perfect, and everyone had an amazing day. Due to the large tidal swings in this area, the fishing window is about 4 hours. Everyone hooked at least 20 Silvers each…fly choice? Didn’t matter…poor cast? Nope! Didn’t bother those fiesty Silvers one bit! Here’s to another great day and many more to come!

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Cordova Sockeye Fishing Midseason

Sockeye fishing on our local Cordova rivers have been hot for the past 3 weeks! We have been seeing catches of 10-20 ocean bright Sockeye each day. These fish average 6-11lbs and are known for their high Omega 3 fat content and delicious flavor. Fishing has been very good, we have been drift fishing with cheaters and yarn. This fishery won’t last much longer, so if you are planning on making a trip to Cordova and want to tug on a few Sockeyes make it soon! Check us out at our website. http://www.orcaadventurelodge.com/