Bristol Bay salmon implies sockeye or red salmon to most people, especially these days, as the numbers of sockeye entering Bristol Bay and pouring into the area streams and rivers each year is mind boggling. Record breaking year over year, the sockeye fishing we experience is incredible. The Bristol Bay region is home to the largest wild run of sockeye salmon in the world with recent annual runs nearing 70 million returning salmon.
Home River Sockeye Fishing
Sockeye are the most abundant salmon that is sought after both commercially and by sport. Our home river, the Naknek has an annual escapement goal of over 1 million fish, with daily escapement up to one hundred thousand and at peak season up to four hundred thousand! The Naknek tends to run very clear during July, and this makes for very interesting sight fishing opportunities, as thousands of sockeye salmon swim up the shorelines of the river. We feel that sockeye salmon are the hardest fighting salmon we encounter all summer. They are also very good to eat! We aid guests in learning a special sockeye catching technique called flossing where we line a hook into the salmon’s mouth to legally catch and harvest it.