The Sockeye Salmon, also known as the Red Salmon or Blueback Salmon, is an anadromous species of Salmon found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and rivers discharging into it. It’s the third-most-common Pacific Salmon Species, after Pink and Chum Salmon.
Like all other Pacific salmon, they are born in freshwater. Once hatched, juvenile Sockeyes will stay in their natal habitat for up to three years, more than any other Salmon, before they then take the mammoth journey out to sea. The fish have been recorded, travelling over distances of up to 1,600 kilometres. Once at sea, they stay for up to four years, growing rapidly on vast reserves of zooplankton, before they then return to freshwater to spawn and die.
Due to their relatively short lifespan, the Sockeye Salmon don’t grow huge; they’re among the smallest of the seven Pacific Salmon species and range in size from around 5lb to 10lb, with the world record fish standing at just over 15lb. Despite not having size on their side, they’re still incredibly popular amongst freshwater fly fishing anglers. One, their succulent, bright-orange meat is prized above all others, two because they can often be abundant and easy to catch and three because of their incredible looks. As they return to their spawning grounds, their bodies turn bright red, and their heads take on a greenish colour. Breeding-age males have a distinctive look, developing a humped back and hooked jaws filled with tiny, easily visible teeth.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Sockeye Salmon Fishing.
Fraser River Lodge, nestled on the shore of the mighty Fraser River in British Columbia, is the perfect location to spend a relaxing week's holiday while being surrounded by some of the world's best scenery and wildlife. Choose between Sturgeon, Salmon, or Wilderness Fishing. We can customise your fishing trip around your favourite style of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is the perfect wilderness fishing retreat. Boasting a world-famous run of all five species of Pacific Salmon, plus a host of resident fish, such as Leopard Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char and Grayling. No set itineraries fish with your guides each day for the species of your choice.
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 87%
"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."
"I have been going back to Mission Lodge for many years now and it has never let me down. The fishing , lodge, food and staff are absolutely outstanding. This is a top notch place with a top notch staff; bar none! All you have to bring is yourself. they take care of everything."
"A great place and easily the best lodge in Bristol Bay. The people and accommodations are wonderful and the fishing is spectacular, whether you are a novice or have lots of experience. I have been to other lodges and none compare to No See Um!"