Most anglers believe that Alaska’s Illiamna/Bristol Bay/Katmai fishing season is strictly summer. But that’s not exactly true. Alaska actually offers two totally different fishing periods and your Alaska experience depends on which one you hit. Perhaps the most distinct difference in the two seasons is the availability of king salmon (also called chinook) and silver salmon (also called coho). If you arrive for the early season, which runs from the first week of June through July, you’ll likely find kings and sockeyes. If you choose the later season, which begins in August and runs through September, you’ll likely find silvers. The early season isn’t as highly regarded as the late season, but it offers some great options that often fly under the radar. I think the early season is fantastic and I have the photo support to prove it. Here’s what to plan for and expect if you choose to hit Alaska during the early weeks. These are my favorite elements.