A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage: 41°/53°/Partly cloudy
Fairbanks: 31°/63°/Partly sunny
Juneau: 39°/62°/Mostly clear
Acrobatic fish show aggressive power in saltwater and streams
Silver salmon, or cohoes, are fighting fish. Their acrobatics and reel-humming runs make stream and saltwater fishing a thrill.
Saltwater silvers (Oncorhynchus kisutch) are bright silver with small black spots on the back. Spawning males develop a prominent hooked snout with large teeth. Spawners of both sexes have dark backs and heads with sides colored maroon to reddish.
26 pounds, caught in 1976 in Icy Strait, near Glacier Bay National Park, by Andrew Robbins. The average weight is 8 to 12 pounds.
Silvers move into streams from July to November. In salt water, these acrobatic jumpers are taken by trolling or drifting with herring or by fishing along the shore with flies or lures. In fresh water, silvers hit salmon eggs, flies, spoons and spinners.
Sources of information include the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.