Alaska Salmon photos

Red salmon "sockeye" leap up the falls of Brooks River. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Red salmon “sockeye” leap up the falls of Brooks River. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Wild Alaska Salmon

Alaska salmon photos

Wild salmon used to be distributed broadly throughout the world. However, and sadly, due to damming, habitat loss and other factors, wild salmon are now highly restricted. Alaska still has a healthy wild salmon population. Salmon are normally anadromous, meaning they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, and then return to fresh water to reproduce. All of the Alaska salmon photos on this site are available as stock photos for commercial licensing or as fine art display pictures for home and office decor.

Alaska salmon photos: Red salmon migrate up the Brooks River and leap up the Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Red salmon migrate up the Brooks River and leap up the Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Alaska’s Five Species of Salmon

Salmon is a popular and important food, considered healthy due to a high content of protein, vitamin D, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Most Pacific salmon are wild caught, although farmed fish contribute to salmon consumption. Alaska has five species of wild salmon, all of which are harvested for personal use by individuals, and/or by commercial fishermen. The five species include:

  • King salmon also called the Chinook salmon
  • Silver Salmon, also called the Coho salmon
  • Chum Salmon, also called the Dog salmon
  • Red salmon also called the Sockeye salmon
  • Pink salmon also called the Humpy salmon
Alaska salmon photos: Commercial fisherman Bill Webber holds a King Salmon caught in his gill net during a 12 hour sockeye and king salmon opener on the Copper River Delta, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Commercial fisherman Bill Webber holds a King Salmon caught in his gill net during a 12-hour sockeye and king salmon opener on the Copper River Delta, Southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Alaska salmon photos: Sport fishing for red salmon on the Brooks river in Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Sport fishing for red salmon on the Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Alaska salmon photos: Sockeye salmon smolt from the Gulkana hatchery outmigrate from Summit Lake, interior, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Sockeye salmon smolt from the Gulkana hatchery outmigrate from Summit Lake, interior, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

King (Chinook) Salmon

King Salmon is the largest of all Pacific salmon, commonly weighing over 30 pounds. It is Alaska’s state fish and highly sought after by anglers and commercial fishermen due to its size and rich oily meat. In Alaska, it ranges from the panhandle to the Yukon River. It is caught in rivers as well as the ocean open ocean waters. As the fish migrates up the river, it slowly changes color as it nears it’s spawning grounds.

Alaska salmon photos: Fisherman holds a large king salmon caught on a fly rod in red creek, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

A fisherman holds a large king salmon caught on a fly rod in Red Creek, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Alaska salmon photos: King salmon charter fishing in Sitka, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

King salmon charter fishing in Sitka, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Red (Sockeye) Salmon

Red Salmon grow to as long as 33 inches and 6-8 pounds. They are blue and silver in the ocean but turn red with a green head when they enter fresh water to spawn. Males also develop a hump on their back. Some consider red salmon to be some of the best-tasting fish in the world. Many animals feed on salmon, and brown bears are known to consume great quantities to increase their fat storage for winter hibernation.

Alaska salmon photos: Red salmon, sockeye, Granite creek, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Red salmon, sockeye, Granite Creek, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Fly fishing for red salmon on the Brooks river, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Fly fishing for red salmon on the Brooks River, Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Alaska salmon photos: Alaska salmon photos: Brown bear attempts to grab a red salmon as it jumps the Brooks river falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear attempts to grab a red salmon as it jumps the Brooks river falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Alaska salmon photos: Red salmon or "sockeye" in spawning phase (red body and green head) in a small stream in the Alaska mountains. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Red salmon or “sockeye” in spawning phase (red body and green head) in a small stream in the Alaska mountains. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Alaska salmon photos: Dipnetting for sockeye salmon in the Copper river, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Dipnetting for sockeye salmon in the Copper River, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Alaska salmon photos: Salmon dry in the air in the coastal village of Teller, Seward Peninsula, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Salmon dry in the air in the coastal village of Teller, Seward Peninsula, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Pink Salmon

Pink Salmon are the smallest of the Pacific salmon, growing to around 4 pounds. They are also the most abundant and are important for the fishing industry. Harvests of greater than 100 million pink salmon have occurred in Alaska alone. Black bears also feed on salmon in the streams along the shores of coastal Alaska. Pink salmon do not migrate great distances up rivers, unlike the other four species of salmon.

Pink Salmon spawn in stream adjacent to the Sitka Sound, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Pink Salmon spawn in the stream adjacent to the Sitka Sound, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Pink salmon in stream along Western Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Pink salmon in stream along Western Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, Southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Black bear fishes for pink salmon in a stream along western Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Black bear fishes for pink salmon in a stream along western Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula, Southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Pink salmon stream along the shore of Knight Island, Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Pink salmon stream along the shore of Knight Island, Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)