While Sockeye salmon are present in our waters and spawn in nearby rivers, they are almost impossible to catch on a rod and reel in the ocean. Sockeye eat a pretty strict diet of krill so getting them to bight on any thing is difficult. I catch one or two a year in salt water and that’s about it.
Sockeye can be caught in rivers by snagging them in the mouth with a fly (flossing). Unfortunately our nearest major sockeye river is about 30 miles away by boat.
Sockeye are similar in size to silvers and look very much alike. The main difference being that sockeye have no spots on the back or tail and there is no silver in the tail. Sockeye have a very distinct lateral line where their blue green back turns to silver.