Dec 20

Would you like to know how to catch sockeye? Sockeye salmon is the third most abundant salmon species and therefore it is an important resource, both culturally and economically to professional fishermen in Alaska, Oregon, British Columbia and Washington. Sockeye salmon represent the smaller Pacific salmon species weighing approximately 4 to 15 pounds and 18 to 31 inches long. Sea-going sockeye salmon are prized due to their bright-orange, firm flesh. Those sockeyes have a metallic blue-green top, their belly is white and flanks are iridescent silver. Sometimes they have fine black speckling, but large spots do not occur. Sockeyes returning upriver have the name “red” salmon, due to its brilliant red bodies and greenish colored heads.

All of Pacific salmon species are anadromous, meaning they leave in the Pacific, but they enter fresh water when they spawn. Generally, sockeyes spend 1-3 years in the ocean and 1-4 years in fresh water. Spawning itself usually happens in streams, rivers, along lake beaches. Alaskan sockeye salmon usually spawn in June and July in lakes.

Many Alaskan fishermen, but also those coming to Alaska for some nice Sockeye catch can find really useful information on catching Sockeye at Whatever you want to know about Sockeye, its life cycle, threats, range and habitat, how, when and where to catch it, which equipment to use, you will find it here. This website is still developing, but it is designed to gather all the information and to share them with anyone interested in sockeye fishing. We look forward to that recipe section (still under construction), because after proper catch, cleaning and care, many of us would like to enjoy delicious dinner and fresh sockeye salmon prepared appropriately might be a tasty nutrient-rich meal. So, check out to encourage this excellent “one place – all the information” idea!