Silver Salmon Fishing

Ketchikan Silver (Coho) Salmon


The Coho or Silver Salmon (Oncorhynchus Kisutch) are hard fighters and are the most popular sport fish in Alaska. Cohos range from 3 to 20 lbs with an 8-12 lb average throughout the summer and fall in Ketchikan. They will spend 1-3 winters in their stream of origin before heading out to sea for 18 months to feed hard and pack on the pounds.

DESCRIPTION: Coho salmon have green spotted backs and a boxy tail with silver streaks and only a few spots on the upper part of the fin. As the male coho nears fresh water his nose will hook and the fish will eventually turn a golden color.

AVAILABILITY: There are several coho runs around Ketchikan. The early summer run begins late June and continues through August. The fall run begins late August and continues through mid October.

FISHING TECHNIQUES: Coho bite best on herring or green hoochies trolled behind a flasher from depths of 70′ to the surface. Mooching cut plug herring is also very effective when large schools are encountered.