The World Record Salmon

Sun, Jun 18, 2017

We’re in Soldotna on the Kenai river where salmon fishing is king.

Chinook salmon are commonly called king salmon and they’re the largest of all types of salmon.  And the strain that runs in the Kenai are the largest of the kings.  So it shouldn’t be surprising that the world record salmon was pulled from the Kenai.

Back in 1985, a local Soldotna fisherman landed a 97 lb beast.  The story is told in this article and you can imagine trying to haul that in.  The locals at the Soldotna visiter center say that he fought the fish for two hours before getting it on board.

The fish was preserved by an expert taxidermist and is on display at the Soldotna Visitor Center.  Here’s a shot looking through the plexiglass.


This shot doesn’t do justice to the size so I’ve grabbed a shot from the article linked above.  Mega fish, no?

Big Salmon


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