Pink salmon are the smallest of the Pacific salmon found in North America weighing on average between 3.5 and 5 pounds, with an average length of 20-25 inches. They are also the most numerous Pacific salmon and have been harvested and canned commercially in Alaska since the late 1800’s.
When pinks approach their spawning streams, males turn brown to black on their back with a bright white belly. Females have a bright white belly but turn an olive green with dusky bars or patches that can be
lavender or a dark gold.
By the time males enter the stream where they will spawn, they have developed a very large hump, and hooked jaws called a kype. Pink Salmon are available in large numbers and can provide lots of entertainment, due to the fact once you come upon them, you will catch lots of them.