About Salmon

February 8, 2009 by  
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Alaska Salmon begin their lives in the freshwater streams, rivers, and lakes of Alaska before migrating to the ocean, where they remain until it is time to return to their freshwater birthplace in order to reproduce.

Salmon Life Cycle
A female salmon nests in the gravel at the bottom of a stream, river, or lake and then deposits her eggs.  The eggs are fertilized by a male salmon and hatch eight to twelve weeks later.  When the eggs hatch, alevins emerge and live in the gravel for several weeks.  The alevins survive by eating their egg yolk sacks until they become fry and begin eating bugs.  The young salmon typically live in fresh water for one to three years before venturing out into the sea.  The salmon then live in the ocean for between one and seven years before returning to spawn.


2 Responses to “About Salmon”
  1. Gary Gilchrist says:

    When is the best time to visit Alaska and see the peak of the salmon run? Thanks.

    • AlaskaSalmon.com says:

      Hi Gary,

      The Salmon Run typically starts in May and ends in September. The peak is probably around mid July as that is when many different Salmon runs occur simultaneously.