Fishing in Alaska
A Guide to Alaskan Fish SpeciesThe waters in and around Ketchikan, Alaska are teaming with life. Stating that our waters have an abundance of trophey fish would be an understatement.
Alaska King Salmon
AKA ChinookAverage size: 25-50 lbs.
Trophy size: 60 lbs.
Availability: June through Mid July.
Alaska's state fish is an icon of the north - a big fish for a big state. For many, battling the King Salmon is the ultimate fishing experience. Landing a king is all anyone could ask for to complete the vacation of a lifetime!
Alaska Silver Salmon
AKA CohoAverage size: 12-15 lbs.
Trophy size: 18 lbs.
Availability: Mid August through September.
The many rivers and streams found in this area support numerous Silver Salmon runs which return in vast numbers during July, August and September. With a reputation for aggressive feeding, acrobatic displays, and spectacular fighting, Silver Salmon are one of Alaska's most highly prized (and delicious) sport fish. The Silver Salmon is similar to the Chinook, but is smaller, has white gums (the Chinook has black gums) and has less spotting on the tail.
Alaska Pink Salmon
AKA Humpback or HumpyAverage size: 4-7 lbs.
Trophy size: 10 lbs.
Availability: MId July through September.
These beautiful fish are the smallest of the Pacific Salmon. By the time males enter spawning streams, they have developed the characteristic humpback and hooked jaw.
Average size: 25-100 lbs.Trophy size: 100 lbs.
Availability: All Summer.
Pacific Halibut are the largest of all flat fishes. After spawning, halibut begin to migrate to shallower coastal summer feeding areas. Most sport caught halibut are 8 - 15 years old. The fishing for this tasty bottom fish is great throughout the summer.
Bottom FishIf the Salmon fishing isn't enough to satisfy your appetite, spectacular fishing for Red Snapper, Ling Cod, Rockfish, and other bottom fish is available all summer long!