Alaska offers some of the best fishing in the world with more than three million lakes, three thousand rivers and three saltwater seas providing a vast array of year-round fishing opportunities. You’d be hard pressed to find that much available in many countries, let alone a single state of the union. Here’s a taste of what might be for dinner soon if you head out in the Last Frontier.
We’ll start with one of sport fishing’s darlings, the Arctic grayling. Identifying this species is easy by looking for the large dorsal fin. Found in freshwater environments, the grayling doesn’t behave the same as other fish and often choose different watercourses for spawning, feeding and wintering depending on habitat quality. Look for your best opportunity from June to October.
No Alaskan list would be complete without the Chinook, or King, salmon. It’s the state fish after all, and the largest of the Pacific salmon species. Located in excellent numbers from the Yukon River and throughout Alaska to the southeast panhandle, you’ll experience major runs from May to July. The appearance of the king will change between salt and fresh water locations. For example, time spent in the salt will create a blue-green back fading to silver and white on their underside.
Halibut is a prize nearly all Alaskan fishermen hope for. These tasty fish are caught throughout the entire year in the Gulf of Alaska, Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound. The halibut is part of the flounder family and is a bottom dweller, so look for deep waters when casting.
Rainbow trout on the other hand is a popular freshwater fish sought by most fishermen. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide a widespread stocking program to maintain populations. Natural strains can be found in the main peninsulas and Copper and Kuskokwim River drainages.
Source: Alaska Guide Service
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