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Alaska Pink Salmon Fishing Trips

Alaska pink salmon fishing is the ultimate venue for the novice spin or fly fishing enthusiast. Pinks or 'humpies' are the most numerous of Alaska salmon species, are very aggressive and can be caught throughout the river system. 100 fish per day is achievable, so it's ok to pinch yourself.
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Alaska Pink Salmon Fishing Guide & Trip Planner

Alaska Pink Salmon, or "humpback" "humpy" salmon enter into Lake Creek Alaska by Mid-July in large numbers. Pinks are the smallest of the salmon species, but are the most numerous. Alaska pink salmon run 3-6 lbs and provide an excellent fight on light tackle. Being extremely aggressive, they attack any lure or fly presented in the correct manner. Both spin and fly fishing for pink salmon is highly productive and you can expect to catch large numbers of fish in a variety of locations throughout Lake Creek and surrounding tributaries. Pinks run strong in Lake Creek until Mid-August when they begin the onset of their spawning season. During this time, thousands of pink salmon congregate in the shallow gravel areas off the main river channel. Rainbow trout can be see cruising through spawning schools of pinks feeding on eggs that escape from spawning redds.

  • Pink Spin Fishing
    Humpback salmon fishing Alaska

    Spin Fishing Alaska Pink Salmon

    Pink salmon respond most readily to Vibrax, Panther Martin or Mepps Aglia spinners. Spinners are much easier to fish in shallow haunts where pink salmon congregate. A good combination of spinners of different sizes, colors and different shaped spinner blades will allow a wide variety of options and presentations. Pink/silver and green/silver seem to be the best color combinations preferred by pinks in our river system. As mentioned with other salmon species, special attention is needed to casting beyond holding fish so as not to spook the school.

    Equipment Needed for Spinning/Bait Casting for Alaska pink salmon

    Rods: Typically 3/8oz - 1/2oz spinning rod geared to 8-14 lb. line.
    Reels: Bait casting - we suggest Abu Garcia's Ambassador C3 5500 or 4500 series. Spinning - size = 195yds/10 lb test, we like the Pflueger President 6935
    Lines: Stren or Berkeley Trilene XL - for castability 10 - 14# test
    Lures: Blue Fox Vibrax Spinners #2 or #3, Mepps Aglia 1/4 - 3/8oz, Panther Martin 1/4oz
  • Fly Fishing Pinks
    Alaska Pink Salmon Fly Fishing

    Fly Fishing Alaska Pink Salmon

    Alaska fly fishing trips for pink salmon is an awesome experience for novice and accomplished fly fishermen. We spot cast to large schools pink salmon congregating throughout our river. Fly fishing for pinks is cast and retrieve, much like silvers and chums. The sheer numbers of pinks in our river system in July and August offers non-stop action. It's a great first fly fishing experience for those who have not tried the art. You can learn the basics of fly casting and presentation with the luxury of hooking dozens of pinks in the process!

    Equipment Needed for Fly-Fishing Alaska Pink Salmon

    Fly Rods: We use 6-7 weight medium action fly rods
    Reels: Lamson Konic 3.5 is a good economical, high performance fly reel. The Ross Evolution LT #4 is an awesome, more expensive reel, but will be a top-rate and versatile reel for life

  • Pink Salmon Flies
    Alaska pink salmon flies

    Alaska Fly Patterns for Pink Salmon

    • Prawn Fly
      size 4 - 1/0 pink
    • Hotshot
      size 4 - 2 pink, green, black
    • Egg-Sucking Leech
      size 4 - 2 pink, green, black

    Pink salmon flies are smaller, lightly weighted streamers. Typically, we fish size 2 fly patterns with a fairly strong, low-profile long-shank hook. Pinks almost always trail flies, but don't always hit immediately, so it's important that the fly looks as natural as possible. Any kind of a pink prawn imitation fly is a great choice. It's always good to have a variety of weights and sizes to change up the action & presentation depth. Stripping flies with a short popping actions is often the most effective presentation. Please also view our lodge's signature Alaska fly patterns page for more.

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