Sockeye (Red) Salmon
Pound for pound, sockeye salmon are the hardest fighting salmon around. Kenai River
reds, as they are frequently called, arrive by the tens of thousands and usually total
750,000 to over one million strong!
Hooking ten, twenty, or even thirty reds a day is not uncommon during peak season.
These 7-12 lb. silver missiles are considered the highest grade eating salmon of all.
Combine this with a very liberal limit and it is easy to see why sockeye fishing is
so popular. It’s a great opportunity to harvest some incredible wild salmon.
Make no mistake though, you won’t be alone. Sockeye are so popular that you will likely
not be the only red fisherman on “your” gravel bar. In fact, if the reds are “in” you
may have fellow bank anglers above and below you, all working together in sync to hook
and land these wonderful fish. It’s a highly social fishery that is very unique; perfect
for beginners, families, or even experienced anglers who wish to get away from the slow,
serious nature of trophy king fishing.
Like all salmon fishing, location is critical to success. Our guides utilize custom
Willie Boat river sleds to locate prime, remote gravel bars where the fish concentrate
and travel tight to the bank. Wading knee deep with you, your guide will teach you the
specialized technique necessary to hook these up-stream beauties.
The methodical “flip-drift-sweep” technique is easy and effective, once you get the
feel for it. Don’t get hung-up on the semantics of sockeye fishing; just prepare
yourself for tons of fun! It’s a great fishery for those that want a high success rate
charter for one of the hardest fighting, best eating salmon Alaska has to offer.
Check out more Sockeye photos from EZ Limit.