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Sockeye Salmon Swarm at Rainbow King Lodge

Pat Ford

Photographer and author Pat Ford captured this footage of a sockeye swarm at Rainbow King Lodge in Iliamna, Alaska.

Alaska’s vast expanse of beautiful scenery, top notch fisheries, and natural wilderness areas bring visitors from all over the world. Known specifically for its salmon runs, Alaska’s rivers provide a bounty that has the potential to make any pescatarian salivate.

Alaska’s annual sockeye runs are the source of legends with so many fish you can walk across the river on their backs. While that may be nothing more than folklore, breathtaking footage showcasing the density of these fish when they return to the river to spawn give some merit to just how many of these fish can actually cram into a small space.

Photographer and author for Soly Mar Magazine Pat Ford captured this footage of sockeye salmon schooled in the gorge behind the Rainbow King Lodge in Iliamna, Alaska. Ford, who was visiting the lodge from Miami, Florida captured the footage in late July.

Rainbow King Lodge has been highlighted by multiple fishing publications, including Salmon and Steelhead Journal, which had this to say about the lodge,

“It’s kind of like your own personal Alaska, only with fringe benefits of 30 inch rainbows and salmon runs so strong they can choke off a stream.”

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Sockeye Salmon Swarm at Rainbow King Lodge