by Kris Krug
Salmon fishing Alaska is some of the best fishing you will find anywhere. Imagine for a second hooking into that monster king salmon; a fight that just seems like it will never end. It tests the endurance of both fish and angler, but eventually one side is going to come out on top. Hopefully it is the angler!
Fishing in Alaska is literally unlike anywhere else you can find. Average fish that could be shrugged off as nothing more than common here in Alaska, would be trophy sized fish elsewhere. Alaska is truly a unique place that not only contains some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere, it also has top of the line fishing that you simply can’t find anywhere else.
The Alaska coastline stretches for nearly 34,000 miles which is larger than the coastline of the rest of the united states combined! Salmon fishing Alaska is an adventure in its own right. With over three million lakes (94 of these have a surface area that is over 10 miles) along with countless rivers, salmon fishing in Alaska is something that can be experienced by nearly anyone at anytime.
Salmon is the common name given to a variety of fish species residing in the family Salmonidae. There are a variety of other fish that can be found in this family as well such as the trout. The major difference is that trout basically stay in a generalized location for most of their lives, while salmon migrate over long distances to spawn. This isn’t a hard and fast rule however.
Salmon can be found along the coasts of both the North Atlantic Ocean (Salmo salar can be found here) as well the Pacific Oceans (a dozen species of the genus oncorhynchus reside here), and they have also been introduced into the Great Lakes of North America. Salmon are also produced quite intensively in aquaculture throughout many different areas of the world.
Salmon fishing can be a total rush for someone who’s never fished before, but it can just as easily deliver that same rush to the serious angler who has been at it for years. Even if you don’t score the catch of the day, just being on the water and gathering in all of your surroundings will be enough to call it a great day!
Whether it be halibut or salmon, there are plenty of fishing lodges to be found throughout Alaska to make your dream vacation come true. Salmon are typically what you would call anadromous. This means they are born in fresh water, migrate out to the ocean, and then ultimately return to fresh water where they can reproduce. As with anything though, populations of several species can be found that are restricted to fresh water throughout their whole life.
Throughout history, folklore has claimed that fish will return to the exact spot that they were born in to spawn. Tracking studies have actually proven this to be true by means of a homing behavior by the fish that is dependent on an olfactory memory.
Salmon fishing Alaska will take you from catching the smallest of the five salmon, the pink, all the way up to the monster of them all, the King Salmon! The largest king salmon ever caught weighed in at just under one hundred pounds! If you happen to have taken a charter, whether it be for Alaskan halibut fishing or for salmon fishing, getting your catch home might just be easier than you thought.
salmonMany charters operating out of a variety of ports in Alaska will fillet your fish as well as freezing and shipping them. Expect a bumpy and wild ride if you are on a halibut charter, because they typically cross large areas of open ocean where you are completely at the mercy of the sea. But hey, here’s the good news…. If you are fishing for salmon, you probably won’t ever have to deal with this!
Salmon is a very popular food, classified as an “oily fish”, salmon is considered to be extremely healthy due to the fish’s high protein, high omega-3 fatty acids, and high vitamin D content. This is believed to greatly improve overall heart health. In addition, salmon is also a source of cholesterol, containing a range between 23-214 mg/100g depending on what species it is.
The flesh of salmon is typically an orange red color, but there are a few examples of white colored wild salmon. This natural color of the salmon is derived from carotenoid pigments which are largely astaxanthin, but also canthaxanthin in the flesh. These wild salmon get the carotenoids by eating krill and an assortment of other tiny shellfish.
If you do happen to get the chance, salmon fishing Alaska is something I believe everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to take place in some remote place way back in the boondocks of the Alaska landscape. You could start catching salmon just a couple of miles outside of the port in downtown Anchorage, AK!
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