5 Top Places for Salmon Fishing [USA / Canada]

By Dan Thornberg

Salmon fishing brings you closer to nature and family, and you can also catch a great meal. If you want to be successful, it’s important to go to the correct place at the right time. There are five of the best places for salmon fishing in North America.

1. Port Eliza Inlet in Tahsis, British Columbia

Come for the amazing fishing opportunities and stay for the breathtaking scenery. While salmon are the most popular fish in the area, there are plenty of other fish to be caught, too! Chinooks and around between May and September. Coho are prominent between June and September. Halibut, snappers, rockfish, lingcod, and prawns are also commonly caught in the area.
Simply book your British Columbia fishing lodge and bring your equipment for the adventure of a lifetime. Ask the people at your British Columbia fishing lodge about what extra services they might offer. A guided tour can help you get the best out of your trip!

2. Ship Creek in Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska is known for its amazing salmon fishing, and this is the place where the true fisherman go! Catch King Salmon between May and July. Catch Silver Salmon between July and September.
Get your license (King Salmon require a special license) and head to the creek during one of their derbies to see if you can win the coveted grand prize. The largest salmon caught so far was 41 pounds.
Ship Creek is a must-see when in the area, but Anchorage is filled with other activities for you and your family to enjoy. Plus, you’ll be blessed with some of the most beautiful sites in the country.

3. Wind River in Skamania County, Washington

This small 30 mile river has a small fishing season in the summer, but that short season is prolific for people who want to catch salmon. There are usually a lot of Chinook salmon in the water during this time, and you will find plenty of steelhead salmon, too.

4. Lake Oahe in South Dakota

Even the Midwest can have a great salmon fishing location! Next to the Cheyenne River, the fish find their way into these shallow waters. Most people find success in the winter, but fish as large as 25 pounds have been caught in the summer as well. The area is filled with unique Native American culture for you to experience after your fishing trip.

5. Salmon River in Pulaski, NY

Winter is the most popular time to come catch the Steelhead Salmon which are in the area from October to April. The fishing is known to be good, and two fishermen received records for their salmon fishing in this river. Camping and hotels are very busy in the winter, so plan accordingly.

When you’re done fishing, there’s plenty more to do in the area and plenty of restaurants.

These places are definitely worth the trip if you want to have a successful fishing trip! While these locations have great fishing, don’t forget to experience what other things each area has to offer.

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