Salmon spawning season in Western Washington POSTED BY Carole Cancler Beginning in summer and lasting well into fall is the salmon spawning season. Many people enjoy watching wild salmon as they swim upriver or navigate fish ladders to lay their eggs. There are also spring salmon runs, when young salmon migrate downstream to their life at sea.
In the oceans and rivers, salmon are silver in color. As they move upriver to the spawning beds, salmon will turn red. Listed below are some of the primary salmon spawning locations in the Seattle area and other locations around Western Washington. Most are very accessible and make a great day trip or family outing.
When is salmon spawning season?
Beginning in summer and lasting well into fall is the salmon spawning season. Many people enjoy watching wild salmon as they swim upriver or navigate fish ladders to lay their eggs. There are also spring salmon runs, when young salmon migrate downstream to their life at sea. But the spring salmon runs are less dramatic.
One inquiry we ran across in our research was “When is salmon fishing season in Alaska?”.
We discovered typically runs during the last two weekends of May and the first two of June. Stay tuned for the official dates. The past couple years, we have seen regulations allowing catch & release king salmon fishing in May. For both ethical and conservation reasons, Alaska Go Fish, LLC does not fish catch & release.
What month does salmon run in Alaska?
They are classified as the Early King Salmon run and the Late King Salmon Run. The early run is May 15 – June 30 and the late run is July 1 – August 15 although King Salmon ends by regulation on July 31st at midnight.
How do you catch salmon in Alaska?
Keeping fish clean is key to having good-tasting fish. KEEP IT CLEAN. The keeping it clean part means to keep your fish deck clean, keep your fish clean, and keep your cooler clean. Some more ideas to keep in mind: keep it cold freezing fish, or bleeding fish next is bleeding.
When is the best time to see salmon in Washington State?
Here are the best salmon viewing times: June through October : Sockeye, or Red Salmon ( best viewing July) July through November: Chinook, or King Salmon ( best viewing last two weeks of August) August through November: Coho, or Silver Salmon ( best viewing last two weeks of September).
Where can I see salmon spawn in Renton?
The Cedar River Salmon Journey, hosted by the Seattle Aquarium takes place at salmon spawning beds along the Cedar River. You might see Chinook, Coho, and sockeye salmon. Weekends in October, see spawning salmon at any of five locations throughout the Renton and Maple Valleys: Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave.