Archive for October, 2007

How to Identify Alaska’s Silver Salmon

Alaskan silver salmon can easily be mistaken for king salmon if you don’t know how to differentiate the two salmon species.  Here are some tips for identifying Alaskan silver salmon:

  • 24 to 30 inches in length 
  • Bright silver sides
  • Deep green or gray-blue backs
  • Black spots on upper sides
  • White underbelly
  • 6 to 10 pounds in weight
  • Unlike Alaskan king salmon, silver salmon do NOT have black gums
  • Smaller tail than king salmon
  • Unlike kings, silver salmon have black spots only on upper tail and NOT on lower lobes of tail

When you know these features of silver salmon, you can easily tell one salmon from another.

Happy Fishing!

Find out more information on Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing

Crab Fishing Not So Deadly

Don’t believe the hype of “Deadliest Catch.” Alaskan crab fishermen have never been safer.

The unusual thing about the Discovery Channel’s announcement of the upcoming red king crab season and, more important, the filming for the next season of “Deadliest Catch,” was the date.

Sept. 25, 2007.

See it? No? Look again. That’s right, 2007. From the looks of it, the catch today still is pretty deadly.

But as is said, appearances can be deceiving…

It is interesting to read how the rationalization works.

Best Methods for Catch and Release

Many fishermen practice catch and release fishing in Alaska.  Unfortunately, 16% of fish die after being released.  To improve the odds that your catch will continue living after you release it, use the following tips.

  • Refrain from using nets to bring in fish 
  • Don’t remove fish from the water
  • Take care in removing hooks and cut line
  • Don’t use bait
  • Land and bring in fish quickly to reduce the fish’s struggle time
  • Do not touch fish’s gills or eyes
  • Only handle fish with wet hands
  • If you remove the fish from the water, keep it out for less than 30 seconds
  • Remove the hook carefully and quickly
  • When releasing the fish, hold it in the water until it begins to swim, then let it go

The practice of catch and release fishing ensures that Alaska will continue to be the ultimate fishing destination for generations to come.

Fall Fishing Continues

While Chugiak angler Jerry Saunders is feated Friday at the Homer Halbiut Derby Awards Party, other anglers continue prowling for fall trout.  

For many Alaska anglers, the 2007 fishing season has wound down to a collection of fish stories to be told over through the cool, wet evenings of fall and into the long, cold dark of the northern winter.

A few diehards, however, are hanging in.

See also Alaska fishing seasons