Fishing for Alaska Sockeye (Red) Salmon, Chum salmon, and Pink Salmon

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Alaska Sockeye Salmon (also called Red salmon) arrive shortly after the Alaska king salmon fishing begins on the Knik River and the Little Susitna River here in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

These chrome bright acrobats range from 4 to 12 pounds. Pound-for-pound, red salmon are one of the best fighters of the Alaska salmon species, and are our favorite on the grill. The Sockeye salmon appear in a second and more abundant run in mid-July, and sockeye fishing can go right through August.

Around the time of the second red/sockeye salmon run, the chum salmon (also called dog salmon by Alaskans) and pink salmon (nicknamed “Humpy salmon” or “Humpies”) also start filtering into the Matanuska-Susitna Valley rivers in mid-July. The chum and pink salmon fishing continues through the month of August also.

Though best for smoking, the chum salmon and pink salmon are both superior fighters and are great fun fishing, fighting and catching!

There were 19,110 Alaska chum salmon that passed through the weir on the Little Susitna River during the 2023 salmon fishing season. The Alaska sockeye salmon run on the Little Susitna River was poor for 2023, at a count of 1,272, due to poor management by the State.