When you choose to go on an Alaka fishing trip, a fishing guide can help you make up your fishing trips on a single trip basis, or fish for several days. There is no shortage of charter companies or guides to help you.
The cold, deep ocean waters surrounding Alaska's Kenai Peninsula offer anglers some of the world's finest saltwater fishing. You can choose choose to fish the eastern side of the Peninsula for halibut & salmon out of the Deep Creek, Ninilchik, or Anchor Point area. Or perhaps go after a variety of species on the western side out of Seward.
King Salmon feed year round in the abundant waters of Sitka Sound but the action is greatest from May through October. Sitka claims to be homeport to Alaska's best saltwater salmon fishing. Fish average 25-35 lbs., and can reach 70 lbs. or more.
Lightly spotted on their blue-green back, chinook salmon live from five to seven years, and weigh up to 120 lb. (55 kg). Also known as springs or kings, they are the most prized game salmon for sport fishers. Chinook is the largest species, with richly flavoured, firm flesh ranging from ivory white to deep red in colour.
Resembling sockeye, chum (or keta) salmon have black specks over their silvery sides and faint grid-like bars. They live three to five years, and weigh up to 10 lb. (4.5 kg). Chum salmon offers a milder, more delicate flavour with a creamy pink to medium red flesh colour. Coho
Bright silver in colour, coho salmon live three years, weigh up to 15 lb. (6.8 kg), and are a popular game fish for sport fishers. Coho’s versatile full flavour is coupled with fine-textured, consistently red flesh.
Living only two years, pinks are the smallest of the Pacific salmon, weighing up to 5 lb. (2.3 kg). They have heavily spotted backs over silver bodies. Pink salmon are the most plentiful of the five species. They have a delicate flavour and light flesh colour.
A blue-tinged silver in colour, sockeye salmon live four to five years, weigh up to 7 lb. (3.2 kg), and are the slimmest and most streamlined of the five species of Pacific salmon. It is the most sought-after salmon species due to its rich flavour and firm, deep red flesh.
The lingcod is an important commercial species in Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska. In Puget Sound, lingcod is the eighth most important commercial species. In addition to its commercial value, lingcod is a highly valued sport fish because of its large size and excellent taste. They are considered among one of the fienst eating fish found anywhere.
The lingcod has a large head, large mouth, and large teeth. Its long, elongate body tends to narrow towards the tail. It has one long dorsal fin with the spinous and soft-rayed parts separated by a notch. Its body coloration tends to be dark gray, brown or a greenish color on the back with varying degrees of mottling or spotting present along the upper back. Lingcod can reach up to 5 feet in length.
Steelhead are one of the most prized sport fish of theAlaska Northwest. They are born in the river and travel to the ocean as smolts (commonly mistaken for small trout). They usually stay in the ocean from 2-4 year. Steelhead don't die after spawning like a salmon. The largest fish grow to over thirty pounds, steelhead of this size are record class. A twenty pound fish is a real trophy and usually measure over 40 inches in length. There are two types of steelhead that migrate to the ocean. Summer steelhead return from the sea from April - October. Winter steelhead return from the ocean from November -April.
Steelhead are usually caught in the river system in which they return to spawn. They can be caught in the saltwater, but it is much more common to catch them in the river. By whatever name you call them, they are arguably the hottest freshwater fish you can catch on a fly rod.
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