Alaska king salmon, "Chinooks", are the largest of the salmon species and are renowned for their tackle-testing runs and long sporting battles. King Salmon enter into Lake Creek in early June and good fishing continues into early July. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game closes Alaska rivers to King salmon fishing typically on the 13th of July so they may productively spawn and complete nature's cycle. King Salmon typically run between 20 - 40 lbs. In Lake Creek with trophies running in excess of 50 pounds.
If you prefer spin or bait-cast fishing, there are a wide variety of tactics that we use to successfully catch king salmon in our clear-water river system. We fish spoons, spinner, plugs and a variety of drift rigs. Drift rigs, including Corky rigs and Spin-glo rigs are used by means of casting and drifting on the river-bottom in the deepest slots where kings hold in large densities. Corkies and Spin glos are rigged on a snelled Gamakatsu Octopus hook on a 2-3 foot 25# mono leader. The leader is attached to a snap swivel, which then is attached to the main line. We drop 2-4" sections of 1/4 oz. pencil lead from the snap swivel to sink the rig directly to the bottom of the river.
Equipment Needed for Spinning/Bait Casting for Alaska king salmon
|Rods:||Typically 8 to 9.5 foot med-heavy spin/bait cast rods with strong back-bone, but preferably sensitive rod tips|
|Reels:||Bait casting - we suggest Abu Garcia's Ambassador C3 6500 series. Spinning - Shimano makes a durable model with unmatchable drag in the Stradic ST 6000 FG.|
|Lines:||Maxima Ultragreen 25# - 30# Mono or 50lb Power Pro Braid|
|Lures:||Storm Wiggle Wart - combinations of orange, green, and metallic silver colors. -- Blue Fox Pixee spoons ¼ oz. or Corky floater or Spin-Glo drift rigs with Yakima Tackle Glo-bug yarn and 2/0 to 4/0 snelled Gamakatsu Octopus hooks in various colors. We have much success on black/silver, yellow/silver, orange/silver.|
Fly Fishing King salmon is probably the most exciting sport fishing venue in Alaska. We are usually fly fishing kings from shore or wading from gravel bars to pursue these giant fish. Casting a fly to kings requires proper gear and technique. Water conditions vary greatly during June through early July. When fly fishing for king salmon, it is essential to have a wide array of fly lines, sink tips and shooting heads to achieve proper presentation. Consistent fly drift near the river bottom through deep water greatly increases your hook rate. Alaska Fly Fishing Guide & Information: Click Here
|Fly Rods:||We use 10 - 12 weight fly rods in order to cast the desired tackle as well as to exert enough pressure to have a prayer of turning the head of a 40+ lb. King Salmon. Many of our fly fishing guests prefer the 2-handed spey rod, 12-15ft in length for ease of casting, presentation and strength for fighting big king salmon in fast water.|
|Reels:||Large! 3.5-4.0 inch spools. & a strong, dependable drag system. i.e. Billy Pate Bonefish saltwater reels, Sage 5500, Ross Saltwater, etc.|
Also, be sure to visit our signature Alaska fly patterns page for more suggested king flies. Most of our King flies are weighted, either by wrapped lead wire mid-way on the shank of the hook, or by cone-heads, bead-eyes or dumbbell eyes. King flies are swung through fast current in deep holes, so the flies must get down. Weighted sink tips, weighted flies and short leaders assure a deep presentation near the river bottom where kings hold in the main channel. Many of our fishermen prefer tube flies that allow the use of Gamakatsu Octopus hook notorious as a very strong, sharp alternative that decreases the chance you will lose a big fish in fast water. Black, Purple, Yellow and Pink flies work best, but note water conditions and morning, afternoon and evening patterns. Color and size trends change regularly with kings. Be adaptive. Proper presentation is key to success!
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