Silver salmon hang from a board.

Five species of Pacific salmon fill the waters of the Refuge in a series of runs lasting from mid-summer through fall. Fishing opportunities for salmon are best from August through September. Depending upon location and time of year, lucky anglers can also expect to harvest Dolly Varden char and Steelhead Trout from refuge and local streams. The annual Silver Salmon Derby is held in Cold Bay every year during the Labor Day weekend. As always, when fishing, be bear-aware! The large coastal brown bears are feeding on the same salmon you're trying to catch. Listen to Refuge employee Matt Nielson talk about Dolly Varden (and how the rivers can get a little "furry" with bears) here

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