Sockeye Salmon In Alaska

IMG_8805-eiiep0jzzc.jpg I just got back from Kenai, Ak. I was visiting my daughter and family. I fish for sockeye salmon in the mornings and play with grand kids in the afternoon. By the end of the day I am exhausted.

This year I hit the peak of the run. In 6 of 7 days I caught my 3 fish limit and a couple of days did some catch and release.

These sockeyes are the hardest fighting fish I fish for. It is combat fishing but I have gotten to know a lot of the regulars. They are a great bunch to fish with. I just love catching the salmon on the Kenai River. Can’t wait for the grand kids are big enough to go.




So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment.


  • Ron: Great pictures, thanks for sharing your trip with us. Share with us the equipment used and the methods used to catch these beauties. 👍🏻😋
  • stumpjumper: This is how I do it, Ron.
    I use a 6000 Ambassador on a 9′6" Loomis rod, medium to heavy action. 30lb mono line. A lot of fisherman use a 9wt fly rod. I tie a snap swivel to the end of my line and add about a 4′ to 5′ leader with a snelled 4-0 to 6-0 hook and add some fuzzy yarn to it. So it is a lure. I then add a 1/2oz to 1oz barrel sinker depending on current.
    Method used is called flipping and sometimes called flossing. There is some debate if sockeyes bite or not. I don’t believe they do. Sockeyes from what I can find out are plankton feeders. Not legal to snag them but with this flipping method you snag them in the mouth. It is a legal method.
    Here is how flipping is done. Holding my rod straight up I let out enough line until the sinker hits the water. I grab the line at the real and pull in about 4". I then flip the line up stream at about 2 o’clock. I then let it drift down until it is down straight down stream and then pull fast that last foot or two or "rip it". That is where you will get most of your fish. Sockeyes run the edge of the river. As your sinker is drifting down the leader is drifting below it. Sockeyes swim with there mouths open and close to the bottom. The line goes into there mouth and the hook then goes into there mouth and they get hooked. You will foul hook some fish and they have to be released. If you don’t release the mob around you will make you. Some over do the ripping and foul hook more than they should. My technique must be pretty good. In 7 days I foul hooked one fish.
    Some turn there nose up at fishing for sockeyes because you snag them but it is the only way to catch them. I was fishing with a guy one time and he didn’t care to fish for sockeyes because you snag them. My comment to him was "You never snagged one". With your feet planted in the river and the current sockeyes test equipment and fisherman to the test.
  • stumpjumper: If anyone wants to see sockeye fishing on the Kenai River. Just go to youtube and put in sockeye fishing on the Kenai. There are hundreds of video’s.
  • Vale: Thanks for sharing this with us! Looks like a great trip!
  • Ron: Thanks for the lesson. Always something new to learn. Sounds like a lot of work.
  • Huckster37: Thanks for the blog & the Sockeye fishing instructions. I have never fished for Salmon of any kind, but I have eaten Sockeye & like it very much. I really enjoyed this tutorial on how hook these fish, hopefully one day I’ll get to try it myself.
  • stumpjumper: Dennis, glad you enjoyed the post. If you want a hard fighting fish they are all of that. You owe it to yourself to do it once. It is the least expensive of all the salmon to fish for because you don’t need a boat. Lots of public areas to go. If you ever decide to go. Plan on reserving a place to stay 9 months to a year ahead of time or you will have a hard time finding a place. If you want to know more feel free to pm me.
    I can’t wait for July 29th. I will be on the Kenai catching sockeyes for 2 weeks. Can’t wait!

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