Ketchikan Salmon Fishing Runs
King Salmon (Chinook): Mid May – Mid August. Kings or Chinook salmon can be found in Ketchikan year round but the spawning run begins showing up in mid May with the bulk of the local fish passing through in the last half of June and the first week of July. These locally spawning salmon average about 20 lbs. The remainder of July and August we still get Kings, bound for other rivers as well as feeder kings. I’ve had days in August when the King salmon fishing was fantastic, you just never know. Our feeder king salmon average about 14 lbs but I’ve caught them over 30.
Silver Salmon (Coho): Late June – October. In Ketchikan we get a unique summer run of silvers that start showing up the last week of June and continue through August. The early run of silvers average about 8 lbs when they first show up in June and grow to about a 10 lb average by August with a few 15 pound coho starting to show up. The biggest and most abundant run of silvers in Ketchikan is the Fall run. The fall coho start to show up the last week of August and run clear into October. These salmon average from 12 to 14 lbs in September with coho up to 20 lbs available.
Pink Salmon (Humpies): July – August. Pinks are the most abundant and the smallest of the Alaskan salmon but they can put up a pretty good fight and eat well when they’re bright.
Chum Salmon (Keta): July – August. Chums are the second largest of the Pacific salmon species. Alaskan chums are a very important commercial fish but are a great fight on a salmon rod too. Chums will fight similar to a king salmon by taking deep dives and long heavy runs. Bright ocean chum salmon is delicious eating and should not be confused with a spawning dog salmon.