ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fishing BC

Updated on August 2, 2016

Vancouver Salmon Fishing


An Introduction to Pacific Salmon

What are the benefits of eating Pacific salmon? First and foremost, they are rarely farmed, so anyone serving you Pacific salmon is likely serving you a far better piece of fish. They are also more likely to be free of many contaminants that can make their way into farm raised fish imported from places like China.

Pacific salmon fishing is the best way to guarantee that you’re actually eating Pacific salmon. There’s no worry that someone will charge you the price of wild caught Pacific salmon and instead serve farmed salmon. The easiest solution is to buy from a fisherman you know, though not everyone has this option. An alternative is going on a salmon fishing charter and catching your own salmon, freezing the fish for later use. But before you plan that salmon fishing trip, let’s discuss the different types of salmon you could try to catch.
Come visit us and learn more about Salmon Fishing Vancouver

King Salmon

King salmon are so named because they are the largest salmon species. They are also called chinook salmon. They have the most grease and fat that melts like it has been smoked, even when you’re putting it on the barbeque. This makes them prized by chefs, since they are so succulent. If you are in a restaurant, they’ll tell you if it is king salmon because they know how much better it tastes. Looks can be deceiving, since the bright red meat is not in and of itself a sure enough indicator.

Also called chinook salmon, they can weigh over fifty kilos. The largest ones grow in Alaskan waters, but those along the Canadian coast give the Alaskan strains a run for their money. The species is found as far south as Sacramento, California. Their numbers have crashed in the southern range, while over-fishing in the Kenai River has crashed their population there. If you want to go fishing for king salmon, talk to an experienced fishing guide so you know where you can legally find them.

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon are called humpback salmon or simply humpies for the humped backs the males form in their spawning stage. They are frequently available just because they are so abundant. They are found in the tens of millions. Pink salmon are one of the smaller salmon species, but you wouldn’t notice it when they form a living river trying to get upstream to spawn. Their favor, as with all salmon, tastes best before they go upstream to spawn. Even at this stage, they are a pale comparison to the king salmon.

These fish cook better when wrapped in foil to seal in their juices, at which point you can grill them. They are also commonly canned – so if you’re using canned salmon in a sandwich, it is probably pink salmon.

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon has been renamed silverbrite in an effort to improve its image, the same way Chilean sea bass is the popular name for the Patagonian toothfish. It is increasingly called keta salmon from the Latin name for the species. The chum salmon has even been called dog salmon, since it was fed to sled dogs.

They are large salmon and powerful. The reason people tend to ignore them when fishing is their appearance. For spawning season, their mouths curl into a snarl. Their chrome bodies become brown with red blotches or bars. They often mix with pink salmon, the latter of which is regularly caught and canned. Chum salmon’s appearance aside, their relatively low body fat causes some not to consider them for the dinner table. You can offset this by cooking the chum salmon in a sauce.

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon are popular with sport fishermen due to their fight when you reel them in. They are large – up to fifteen kilos. They aggressively strike lures and flies. They’ll fight when hooked and weigh enough to pose a challenge.

The end result is a rich, red meat with high oil content that rivals the quality of king salmon. Coho are more readily available because of their smaller size than king salmon, allowing them to spawn in almost every creek and waterway from northern California to Alaska. Their modest drop in population is more due to streams dammed or drained, reducing spawning locations.

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon are the second smallest species of Pacific salmon. Their flesh is closer to fluorescent pink than pink or red. Their meat is rich, flavorful and firm. One of the benefits of sockeye salmon is the fact that the meat tastes good no matter how you cook it. Grill it, pan sear it, filet it before baking, it is prized for its sheer versatility. It has enough fat to be cooked like a steak and not come out dry, or you can cook it with the recipes reserved for chum salmon.

One of the unusual traits about sockeye salmon is the fact that many of them never enter the ocean. Instead, many of them spawn in river systems connected to lakes. This means that if you’re fishing on a river estuary draining into a lake for salmon, you’re fishing for sockeye salmon.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)