Thinking about salmon fishing in Alaska?
Have you heard the one about the 220,000 30-pounder Chinooks swimming past a camp site...?
Actually it isn't a joke - it happened for real in 2004 on the Nushagak river in the Bristol Bay area in Alaska - and in 2005 even more were expected to make the journey!
Admittedly no one knows how many were 30-pounders and how many smaller or bigger, but it is not uncommon for King Salmon (as Chinooks are known in Alaska) to weigh in at over 30 pounds. Many tip the scale at 70 pounds and some even weigh much more.
The Bristol Bay area offers many rivers suitable for fishing Chinooks, including the Togiak, Alagnak and Naknek.
However, the 275 miles long Nushagak river with its numerous tributaries, spectacular scenery and impressive diversity of river characteristics is considered the king of King Salmon rivers.
While you will find nearly every fish species of the Bristol Bay area in the Nushagak river, it is for the huge but short King Salmon run during June and July that anglers from all over the world visit this waterway for salmon fishing in Alaska.
Anglers can expect to catch a dozen or more King Salmon per day, and some catch far more than 100 per week.
With 19 hours of daylight during the salmon season, and many contests between you and a 30-pound salmon determined to get away, you are likely to give out long before there's nothing more to catch!
How successful you will be of course depends on many factors, not all of them entirely predictable. It usually helps to set yourself up with a guide who knows the area, and who is familiar with the King Salmon's habits.
If you were to ask your guide about the King Salmon's movements, you will likely be told that the mature King Salmon return from the Pacific to their home streams. http://www.fishing-things.com.