copper river salmon

premium wild Sockeye from Alaska’s renown COPPER RIVER

Fisherman's Market partner Nelly with Drifters Fish on the deck of her F/V holding a freshly caught Copper River Salmon
Drifters Fish owner and commercial fisher, Nelly, holding a fresh caught Copper River salmon. Photo courtesy of Drifter’s Fish.

Copper River Salmon
Wild and Free, Naturally Delicious

First Copper River Sockeye Salmon of the season is here!

Huge thank you to Drifters Fish for the opportunity to bring our community super fresh, sustainably harvested wild Copper River salmon. Drifter’s Fish is family owned by a small team of fishers based in Cordova, Alaska.

Each fish was hand cut onboard, packed in ice, carefully boxed up and shipped out to us. Hurry down and get some of the world’s finest salmon while it lasts!

Give us a call for current pricing and availability: (541) 484-CRAB, extension 3 to talk to a live Monger.

Copper River…Home to Premier Salmon Species

The Copper River is home to three premier wild Alaskan salmon species: King, Sockeye and Coho. Each year, from May through September, these resilient salmon undertake an extraordinary 300-mile journey up the river’s challenging and turbulent waters to spawn.

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Sockeye (Red) Salmon

run through May, June and July

Sockeye Salmon, also know as Red Salmon, are known for their deep red flesh and robust flavor. They are smaller than King Salmon but are highly sought after for their firm texture and vibrant color, which remains even after cooking.

Fisherman's Market King Chinook Salmon Illustration

King (Chinook) Salmon

 run through May and June

King Salmon, also known as Chinook, are the largest of the three species. They are known for their high oil content and rich, buttery flavor. These fish are prized for their size and the quality of their meat.

Fisherman's Market Coho Silver Salmon Illustration

Coho (Silver) Salmon

 run through July, August and September

Coho Salmon, or Silver Salmon, are known for their bright silver skin and delicate flavor. They are smaller than both King and Sockeye Salmon, making them a popular choice for grilling and smoking.

Rich Flavor, Firm Texture and High Fat Content

The high fat content gives the salmon a rich, buttery flavor and a firm, moist texture, which makes them particularly sought after by chefs and seafood enthusiasts. Copper River salmon are known for their exceptionally high omega-3 fatty acid content. This is because the fish need to store a lot of fat to sustain them during their long migration up the Copper River, which is one of the longest and most challenging salmon migration routes with an average elevation gain of 12 feet per mile!

Culinary Uses

Copper River salmon can be prepared in various ways, including grilling, broiling, baking or smoking. Their rich flavor and firm texture make them versatile for different culinary dishes, from simple preparations that highlight their natural taste to more elaborate creations.


The Copper River salmon fishery is managed sustainably, with strict quotas and careful monitoring to ensure that salmon populations remain healthy and robust. This commitment to sustainability helps maintain the long-term viability of the fishery.


The fishing season for Copper River salmon is relatively short, typically beginning in mid-May and lasting until late September:

King salmon: May and June
Sockeye (also known as Red salmon): May, June and July
Coho salmon (also called Silvers): July, August and September

This limited availability adds to the exclusivity and desirability of Copper River salmon.

Nutritional Benefits

Beyond their exquisite taste, Copper River salmon are also a nutritious choice, being high in protein, vitamins (such as B12 and D) and minerals (like selenium). The high levels of omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for heart health, brain function and reducing inflammation.

Fisherman's Market Monger holding fresh whole headless Copper River Salmon
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Give us a call for current pricing and availability

(541) 484-CRAB, extension 3 to talk to a live Monger