5 Types of Salmon

There are 5 species of salmon in Kachemak Bay.  King, Silver, Pink, Sockeye and Chum.  Here is a great illustration on how to remember all the salmon.

The King salmon or Chinook will grow to be the largest. The State Record is 97pounds. In 1987 Alaska Fish and Game began stocking king salmon in Seldovia  Bay to develop a king salmon sport fishery.  This created an annual harvest of about 1000 King salmon.  Theses salmon range between 10 and 50 pounds. The prime King season is late April thru early September.

Silver Salmon or Coho can grow up to 20 pounds. They are known for their fight.  The Silvers will start entering Kachemak Bay middle June to middle August.  Their spawning grounds are in the Fox River which is at the head of Kachemak Bay.

Pink salmon range from 3 to 6 pounds. The main time to catch Pinks is July and August.  They are fantastic to catch on light tackle. 

Sockeye or Red salmon are mainly for commercial fishing.  They are stocked by the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association and are funded by commercial fisherman.

Chum salmon or Dog salmon are widely distributed as Pacific Salmon.  Most range from 3 to 6 pounds.  The majority of these fish are caught by commercial fisherman.  Chums are a great source of dried winter food. They are the #1 salmon sold internationally.

The Lodge at Otter Cove sees all 5 species pass through the water yearly.  Their migration is absolutely amazing.  Schools of 10,000+ salmon can be seen swimming under our docks.  Commercial fishing boats setup in sight of our property.  The salmon population is beyond what words can describe.