What Species Of Salmon Are In Alaska, And When Is The Best Time To Fish Them?

There are many different species of salmon, each with a unique taste, size, and temperament. At Green Rocks Lodge, our waters are home to five distinct salmon species.

They all peak at different times, so below is each of the species that you may catch on your trip, their peak times, and their flavor profiles!

King (Chinook) Salmon

Mid-May through the end of July is the peak time for King/Chinook salmon!

Flavor Profile: buttery flavor and thick texture. Regarded as the best- it isn’t called “King” for no reason!

Red (Sockeye) Salmon

Red/Sockeye salmon peak in mid-June to mid-August.

Flavor Profile: strong flavor and fatty texture.

Chum (Dog) Salmon

Chum/Dog Salmon peak from mid-July to the end of August.

Flavor Profile: lighter in taste and less fatty. 

Pink (Humpies) Salmon

Like Silver/Coho salmon, Pink/Humpies salmon peak from mid-July to early September!

Flavor Profile: What most think of when they hear “salmon.” Mild flavor and low in fat. 

Silver (Coho) Salmon

Towards the end of the season is typically best for Silver/Coho salmon. These peak from mid-July to the end of September!

Flavor Profile: mild flavor and fatty texture.

In general, the best time to fish for any salmon in southeast Alaska is the Summer. Aim for your trip to be in mid-July to get the best shot at catching as many species as possible! Spots fill up fast, so to make sure you can join us here at Green Rocks Lodge, book now!

Our per-person rate includes a 7-day fishing/hunting trip that starts Saturday morning and ends Friday Morning. We give you everything you need, including fileting your catch, freezer space for your catch, and unlimited vacuum sealing, ensuring every fish you catch can stay fresh for you to take home! We also include three daily meals, comfortable lodging, and transportation to and from the airport.

You only need to worry about your transportation, Alaskan hunting and fishing license and stamps, and any personal items and alcohol.

With all our amenities and competitive rates, it is easy to see why so many choose to stay here with us at Green Rocks Lodge. To ask any questions or to begin booking, visit us online or call us at  435-817-1595!