Alaska Freshwater Fishing Adventures

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KING SALMON

King Salmon is the biggest of the 5 Pacific Salmon and one of the most popular. The average fish will weigh 15 to 30 pounds with the bigger fish exceeding 50 pounds. We fish for Kings from our 56′ yacht in the ocean around Kodiak Island. In this area, the King run starts in mid-May and continues through June. Fishing for the bright silver, hard fighting King Salmon is done by trolling in close proximity to Kodiak Island. For shear brute strength and raw power, there is nothing that matches the King.

Jon Baker Fishing Chum Salmon

CHUM SALMON

Chum Salmon runs coincide with the Pinks in our area. We fish in the freshwater streams where they flow into the saltwater. Next to the King, they are the biggest and strongest of all the Salmon. Fish from 15 to 18 pounds are common with the average weighing in between 8 to 10 pounds. Chum like shallow, fast moving water and can give you all the fight you can handle on a spinning rod. They can be a great starter for the novice fly fisherman because of their aggressiveness.

Jon Baker Fishing Silver Salmon

SILVER SALMON

Chum Salmon runs coincide with the Pinks in our area. We fish in the freshwater streams where they flow into the saltwater. Next to the King, they are the biggest and strongest of all the Salmon. Fish from 15 to 18 pounds are common with the average weighing in between 8 to 10 pounds. Chum like shallow, fast moving water and can give you all the fight you can handle on a spinning rod. They can be a great starter for the novice fly fisherman because of their aggressiveness.

Jon Baker Fishing Pink Salmon

PINK SALMON

Pink Salmon start their run in mid July and taper off in mid August. Historically these fish run every other year, but in the lower Cook Inlet area these fish run every year. It is not uncommon to catch 100 fish a day, averaging 3-5 pounds apiece. We fish for the Pinks in the freshwater streams, right where they flow into saltwater. This insures the strongest fish available. The Pinks are extremely aggressive. Always a blast on the fly or light tackle.

Jon Baker Fishing Sockeye Salmon

SOCKEYE SALMON

Sockeye Salmon begin their spawning run late in June and are available through August. They are the most plentiful of the Bristol Bay Salmon with as many as 6,000,000 fish entering the Iliamna drainage yearly. Sockeyes are great fighters that can take you right down to your backing on the first run and are very acrobatic jumpers. Once you develop the fly presentation, the action can be fantastic. These fish average 5 to 8 pounds with the bigger fish weighing 10 to 12 pounds.

Jon Baker Fishing Rainbow

RAINBOW

Rainbow Trout of Southwest Alaska are wild and acrobatic fish that have never been contaminated by the genes of stocked fish. Rainbow fishing is available the entire season with late August and September being the prime time to catch the huge rainbows the Bristol Bay area is noted for. The fish average 2 to 6 pounds and measure 18 to 24 inches during the summer. In late August and September, ten pound plus fish, over 30 inches are not uncommon.

Jon Baker Fishing Lake Trout

LAKE TROUT

 

Jon Baker Fishing Northern Pike

NORTHERN PIKE

Fishing for Northern Pike with a fly on a fly rod or a spoon on a spinning rod is a thrill of a lifetime! To see the water parting as a big pike streaks in for the kill. The fish average 5 to 10 pounds with the bigger fish reaching 20 to 30 pounds. Pike are not what most people come to Alaska for, but it’s a great day trip for those who want a variety of Fishing.

Jon Baker Fishing Char

ARCTIC CHAR

Arctic Char are relatives of the Dolly Varden, Brook and Lake Trout. They are available throughout the summer with September being the best as spawning colors are extremely brilliant and colorful. The fish are strong fighters and can be taken on fly or spinning tackle. Like the Rainbow, they average 2-6 pounds (16 to  25 inches) with trophy fish weighing 10 pounds and more achieving a length upwards of 30 inches.

Jon Baker Fishing Grayling

ARCTIC GRAYLING

Arctic Grayling are often referred to as the sailfish of the North. This sport fish is plentiful and eagerly takes   small dry fly patterns and spinners.They average 1 to 2 pounds and are 14 to 18 inches long with occasional 3 to 4 pounder that can grow to a length of 24 inches. Grayling are available throughout season.

Jon Baker Fishing Dolly Vardon

DOLLY VARDON

 

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