Did you know that Ketchikan, Alaska is the Alaskan salmon fishing capital of the world? In Alaska you can find deep sea fishing charters as well as fresh water fishing using salmon fishing rods in the many fresh water streams, rivers, and lakes. Here are seven more interesting facts about Alaskan salmon that will provide salmon fishing tips.
1. The average lifespan of a salmon is eight years.
2. Salmon are amazing athletes. They can swim upstream and jump up 12 feet high waterfalls. Fishing in rushing streams and near waterfalls makes Alaskan salmon fishing the most scenic type of fishing.
3. Salmon can adapt from fresh water to salt water back to fresh water. Alaskan salmon start life in fresh water. Then they migrate to the sea and adapt to salt water. After living in the ocean for several years, they return to their fresh water spawning area to reproduce. They are able to navigate back to their original location after several years at sea by remembering the unique smell of their origin.
4. Most Alaskan salmon spawn only once then they die. The female salmon lays her eggs in fresh water streams. The female fish uses her tail to create an area in the stream bed, called a redd, to lay her eggs. The female salmon can make up to seven redds before exhausting her egg supply.
5. Salmon have 300 degree vision and can see in all directions except directly behind them. This makes Alaskan salmon fishing a real challenge.
6. Salmon can benefit from beaver dams. Beaver ponds provide an ideal habitat for juvenile salmon since the salmon can find better protection from predators.
7. Salmon is a very healthy food. Salmon is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin D.
Near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, the BC salmon fishing season runs from April through October. Take a trip to British Columbia, Canada or Alaska to find some of the best Alaskan salmon fishing in the world.