Silver Salmon (Coho) The
coho salmon has always been considered important
by commercial and sport fishermen in across
Canada and Alaska. The best catches are made
from July to September with a peak in August.
Fly fisherman take cohos at stream mouths
using bucktail flies and those anglers using
lures, frozen or pickled herring and salmon
eggs have plenty of luck. Coho salmon can
be canned, mild cured, smoked or if troll
caught, sold fresh or fresh-frozen.
Prior to entering the rivers along the coast,
these fish gorge themselves on massive schools
of tiny baitfish, often gaining two to three
pounds or more in the last months of their
lives. Returning adult coho salmon begin
arriving at the Homer Spit "Fishing
Hole" in early August
and continue to arrive through mid September.
Coho generally weigh 7-16 pounds and swim
along the Homer Spit en route to their spawning
grounds in the Fox River area at the head
of the Bay. Artificial lures from the The
Spit can be as good as trolling from a small
boat. Brightly colored spoons and spinners
are also a good choice. Look for a concentration
of " bait jumpers"
and position yourself within casting or trolling
distance of these fish.
This is a great chance to use light tackle
and experience a fighting fish in its prime
and its last throws of existence"
If you want something substantially bigger
try the monster Halibut!
King (or Pink) Salmon can
also be caught. Since pinks are relatively
small salmon usually about 18-24 inches long
reaching an average weight of 3-5 pounds,
small baits and lures are most effective.
The safest rule for color is simple - use
pink for pink. Small pink spoons and hoochies
are productive in salt and fresh water. Small
spinners are also effective. A small tuft
of pink yarn will produce dozens of pink
salmon per day during peak runs.
Other successful fishing techniques aroudn
Homer include casting with artificial lures,
offering salmon egg clusters, shrimp and
cut herring. Trolling herring and lures along
the eastern shoreline of the Spit can alsobe
lucrative. The run begins in late May, peaks
in mid June, and ends in early July.
If you are interested in commericial fishing