Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing Trips & Resources
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Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing Guide & Trip Planner
Alaska silver salmon fishing is the most popular salmon fishing venue during the second half of the summer season in Alaska. An awesome territorial fish, they are incredible to see as they congregate by the dozens in slack-water areas. The ultimate sight-fishing experience!
Alaska Silver Salmon or "Coho's" appear in abundance in Lake Creek during mid-July. The run remains strong until the end of August. An extreme sport fish, many silver salmon are taken on the fly as well as variable spin-fishing techniques. Alaska Silver salmon fishing is a game of pursuit and tactful casting to pockets and pools of schooling fish. Silvers are very popular with fly fishing guests, both expert and novice alike. Being able to sight-cast in clear, backwater sloughs and pocket water make fly fishing top water or subsurface flies a favorite. Silver salmon in Alaska average 6 - 14 pounds in Lake Creek. In addition, we do have the option to fish neighboring tributaries of the Yentna River within a 20 minute - 1 hour boat ride from the lodge. Adventure "road trips" upriver with shore lunch offers great variety during your stay.
- Printable Silver Salmon Info Sheet-
- Printable Sheet: Silver Salmon Flies for Fly Fishing Lake Creek-
- Printable Sheet: Suggested Spin Fishing Equipment-
Spin Fishing Silver Salmon
Silver salmon can be targeted successfully by integrating a number of spin fishing techniques. We most often fish Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, jigs and Pixee spoons with a moderate to fast retrieve just sub-surface. As silvers congregate in slack-water areas, we are typically sight-casting to pods of holding fish or casting to tailing fish in shallow water areas. Special attention is needed to casting beyond holding fish so as not to spook the school. A variable retrieve of slow/fast/slow often triggers aggressive strikes. Varying color, size and retrieve is important to spike the interest of less active silvers.
Fly Fishing Silver Salmon
Fly fishing silver salmon is a world-class fly fishing experience. We spot cast to large schools of holding fish cruising slack-water sloughs, eddies, oxbows, etc. Fly fishing for silvers is cast and retrieve. We fish weighted sub-surface streamers, un-weighted streamers and top-water flies. The diversity of fly patterns and effective fishing techniques that silvers respond to make fishing for them a very versatile experience. Please see our Alaska fly fishing guide for more details.
Silver Salmon Fly Patterns
Be sure to visit our signature Alaska fly patterns page for more suggested silver flies. Silver salmon flies are often weighted, either by wrapped lead wire mid-way on the shank of the hook, or by cone-heads, bead-eyes or dumbbell eyes. The amount of weight is determined by the type of water you will be fishing silvers and what type of action you prefer. It's always good to have a variety of weights and sizes to change up the action & presentation depth. Silvers will come up for flies, so always have some non-weighted streamers that can be fished just under the surface. Have surface flies at the ready, such as the Gurgler. Top-water flies effectively trigger the most aggressive fish each time you fish a new pool. Stripping flies with a short popping actions is often the most effective retrieve method.
Follow the link above to our Alaska peak salmon run calendar. When you visit will determine which salmon species are running strong in Lake Creek. Silver salmon typically start to show up in our river system during the third week of July and peak through the third week of August with good fishing sometimes extending through Labor Day weekend. Silvers often come in large pushes of thousands of fishing. Peaks and valleys of excellent to moderate fishing success fluctuates day to day.