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

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