Sockeye Salmon

Oncorhynchus nerka

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  • Sockeye Salmon |  Photo: NPS
  • Sockeye Salmon |  Photo: NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Salmoniformes

Family

Salmonidae

Size

Sockeye Salmon are generally up to 3 feet in length.

Weight

Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) facts, description, habitat, range, pictures and fly fishing tips to help you catch and identify the fish.

Range

Bering Sea to California

What does the Sockeye Salmon look like?

Saltwater coloration is a blue-green top with a silvery bottom. Freshwater coloration is the familiar bright red with a pale green head. Its snout is blunt and gills are close together. Adipose fin is present.

How to catch Sockeye Salmon

Alaska is your best chance for landing a big one.

Sockeye Salmon Facts

Sockeye Salmon spawn in freshwater streams and lakes. Young will spend a few years there before migrating towards the ocean. They will mature in the ocean for 2 to four years before returning to freshwater to spawn. Landlocked Sockeyes are called Kokanee Salmon.

Sockeye Salmon Distribution



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