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King Salmon

Fishing for King Salmon

King salmon, also known as Chinook salmon, is the largest species in the Pacific salmon genus Oncorhynchus. The common name refers to the Chinookan people. 

Kings are anadromous fish native to the North Pacific Ocean and the river systems of western North America, ranging from California to Alaska, as well as Asian rivers ranging from northern Japan to the Palyavaam River in the Arctic northeast Siberia. They have been introduced to other parts of the world, including New Zealand, the Great Lakes of North America and Patagonia. A large Chinook is a prized and sought-after catch for a sporting angler. The flesh of the salmon is also highly valued for its dietary nutritional content, which includes high levels of important omega-3 fatty acids. 

How Frontiers Can Help Your Dream King Salmon Become a Reality. 

We have five decades of experience and our services are free. There are no surcharges for our efforts and advice. So why not give our team a call! Remember, we want to speak to you so we can best advise you! Below you will find a list of our fishing experts. Contact one of our consultants and they will do the following for you:

  • Talk you through the options and provide you with impartial advice that you will not receive directly from a lodge. We have 50 years of sporting travel experience!
  • If you like what you hear, we will book your trip and assist with all preparations.
  • Frontiers will provide you with our industry leading pre-trip prior to your departure, which will tell you what to pack and how things will work.
  • If you need equipment, we will put you in touch with some of the most knowledgeable people in the business. They will provide you with exactly what you need.
  • While you travel, Frontiers provides 24-hour emergency contact.

Where can you fish for King Salmon?

We represent a number of lodges in Alaska where king salmon can be targeted.

Fishing tackle for King Salmon   

Kings are more easily caught on conventional tackle. For fly fishing, most anglers will use a 9-weight rod with sinking lines.

Fishing flies for King Salmon 

We suggest large crystal flash streamers.  Articulated flies work well.

Ask The Expert


Senior Program Manager

Specializes in Alaska and Canada fishing, and South America fishing and big game programs.


Department Manager

Specializes in South America fishing and shooting departments. Plus, fishing in Mongolia and Canada.


UK Managing Director


Sporting Travel Specialist

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Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness and Lodge

Catch mint bright huge Kings and steelhead with top guides from a superb lodge

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Goodnews River Lodge

They don’t call it the “Goodnews” River for nothing! Front-page worthy locale

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Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge

Remote 160 private acres within Katmai Natl Park on the fish rich Alagnak River

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No See Um Lodge

Perched on the Kvichak River with access to Bristol Bays finest fly out fishing

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Unalakleet River Lodge

Located on Norton Sound of the Bering Sea, 395 miles Northwest of Anchorage

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Aniak River Lodge

Extraordinary diversity - all five salmon types, trout and everything in between

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Intricate Bay Lodge

Fly out to the best rivers of the Katmai from this newly built luxury lodge

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Hoodoo Sportfishing Lodge

Located on the extreme northwest tip of the Alaska Peninsula near Nelson Lagoon

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Bear Trail Lodge

The Naknek River is the Number One Rainbow Trout River in Alaska

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