Discover the future of Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2024 forecast. Anticipating a return of 39 million fish, this year’s outlook promises a sustainable harvest aligned with historical averages.
A size 4000 (40) spinning reel is generally the best choice when fishing for salmon. Such reels have a powerful drag system, enough durability, and a sufficient line capacity to battle large salmon in any river.
While it’s usually no problem to beach or hand-land smaller salmon, getting the big fellows safely out of the water can often be a real challenge. That’s why having an appropriately sized landing net with you is essential when fishing for salmon.
Alaska is home to all five Pacific salmon types: king, coho, chum, pink, and sockeye. While pink salmon are the most abundant Alaskan salmon species, Alaskan king salmon are the least abundant of the five.
As the state has so many great salmon waters to explore, I have written this complete angler’s guide to give you a quick and informative overview.
I found a few very detailed, helpful, and frequently updated reports, and I sincerely hope this article will help you prepare for your upcoming fishing adventure on the Cowlitz!