Alaska Silver Salmon

Silver Salmon

The late Betty Pearson with a 20lb Kenai Silver.









Silver Salmon (Coho)

Wild Silver Salmon are aggressive biters and are known for their acrobatic fights, making them the favorite of anglers. These fish can be quite a handful especially on light tackle. Once they arrive, action is nonstop and limits are common. Returns to the Kenai River support the largest recreational freshwater silver salmon fishery in Alaska. These fish are popular on the Russian River as well as the Kasilof.  We also fish a number of fly out silver salmon runs on the West Side of Cook Inlet including Big River Lake, the Kustatan, Bachatna Creek, the Chuit, the Theodore and Crescent Lake among others.

•Kenai: August 10 – September 30.
•Fly Outs: July 15-Sept 1.
•Silver Salmon start entering the Kenai in late July and fishing usually stays good through late September.

Average Size and Record:
•Silvers average 10-12 lbs. Larger fish can exceed 20 pounds.
•The state record is 26 lbs, Icy Straight, 1976.

Fishing Gear & Methods:
•Fly fishing, back-bouncing, backtrolling, tossing spinners, drifting roe.