The Pink Salmon is a species of the Salmon family and most abundant of the Pacific variety, and its name stems from the Russian word Gorbúša which literally means humpie. This down to the fact that during their spawning migration, males develop a famous pronounced humped back. The Pink salmon are coldwater fish and inhabit thousands of rivers and streams worldwide; they’ve also been introduced into many lakes, including the Great Lakes of North America, where there are now self-sustaining populations.
The life of a Pink Salmon is short, only living for two years. The young are hatched in streams and rear for several months before migrating towards the ocean; after spending less than two years here, they migrate back into the streams, spawn, and die. Due to their short life span, the Pink Salmon is the smallest Salmon species, an average fish is around 5lb in weight, and the biggest ever landed on rod and line is only 14lb.
Despite not growing very large, the Pink Salmon is still considered a great sportfish; the willingness to take lures and flies make it an angler’s favourite. When they’re running up the rivers from the ocean, they can provide some fantastic sport on balanced freshwater fly fishing tackle; they’re aggressive little fighters and tend to move in large numbers providing some non-stop action.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Pink Salmon Fishing.
This exclusive Sportquest-hosted trip ventures into the Alaskan wilderness, to the famous Goodnews River Lodge. This exciting freshwater fly fishing adventure offers travelling rods the opportunity to target and catch all five Pacific Salmon species, as well as Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char and even Dolly Varden.
The Chinook Salmon, or King Salmon, are the biggest and most aggressive of all the Pacific Salmon species and the Skeena watershed in British Columbia, Canada, is one of the best places to catch them. So if you’re a fly fishing angler looking for one of the ultimate freshwater experiences, then our Nicholas Dean Chinook Salmon package is perfect for you.
Our British Columbia Sturgeon fishing tour provides travelling anglers the chance to fish for the mighty White Sturgeon on the Fraser River. These prehistoric river dinosaurs can grow to over 10ft in length and half a tonne in weight, and provide one of the most exciting freshwater fishing challenges on the planet.
No-See-Um Lodge is ranked among the finest Alaskan fly-out fly-fishing operations for over 30 years. The Holman family has a well-earned reputation for pampering its guests. John and his team have many years of experience in fishing and guiding in Alaska. They know the best fishing spots and how to get you there safely.
Rapids Camp sits right on the bank of the famous Naknek River and offers everyone their own private room. This is the most diverse and flexible lodge in Alaska, where you the customer, decide what to fish for in your itinerary each day. All five species of Salmon plus huge Rainbows make this lodge very popular.
Located on the Kanektok River, only 5.5 miles from its mouth is by all standards a remarkably diverse fishery. Perfectly suited to both single-hand and spey anglers, offering one of Alaska’s best opportunities to catch Salmon where high catch-rates and easy wading is the norm.
If you are looking for an incredible fly fishing holiday for Steelhead, Salmon or Trout with the comfort of having your own single room with private en suite bathroom our lodge on the banks of the Skeena River is the perfect destination. Our guided Steelhead and Salmon trips offer spectacular fishing for all levels of anglers.
If you are looking for a Fishing Lodge that puts you and the fishing first, then look no further. Goodnews River Lodge is the ONLY full-service lodge on the entire river system. Experience the solitude and peaceful beauty of Alaska; it’s just you and the fish. No crowds, no flying to the “best” river. It’s all here on the Goodnews River.
At Mission Lodge, you are never fixed to a set itinerary. Each night the head guide will sit down with you to discuss what you wish to fish for and how they will then explain all the different options. With over 40 boats stashed within fly distance from the lodge, one thing for certain is you will not be short of places to fish.
Designed for complete beginners and experienced fly fishers alike, this hosted Kalum River Lodge trip with our Sportquest Holidays host is perfect for either single anglers or small groups of friends. Enjoy the benefit of having a fully qualified host with you at all times, as well as enjoying privacy and comfort with private single rooms.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 85%
"I had a brilliant week fishing the waters of the Kalum, Skeena and even the Kitimat! Luckily the river conditions were incredibly favourable and I landed some nice fish from each system. The Cedar Lodge was first class and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for an adventure fly fishing trip across the pond."
"Mel, just a quick thank you for both recommending Goodness and handling the whole operation. Fantastic service from start to finish. You asked would we use Sportquest Holidays again and would we recommend your company services, easiest question we have ever been asked. A very large yes. Rupert"
"To catch a Chinook, a chum and a Sockeye in one week totally blew me away. What an amazing spot on this planet. I have travelled to may far away places but this will take some beating. See you again next year same week please and I will really try and find some time to send you some pictures"