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Tag: Fish Species

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Rainbow Trout One of Alaska (and the world’s) most popular gamefish, the rainbow trout is not indigenous to the Tanana or Yukon drainages, but the species has been successfully stocked in more than 100 lakes throughout the Interior. For Fairbanks-bound anglers, this means bountiful opportunity to pursue one of Alaska’s signature species, in a remote […]

King Salmon The least abundant of the five species of North America’s Pacific salmon—albeit also the largest—the Chinook salmon range south from near Point Hope just north of Kotzebue Sound to t

Lake Trout Lake trout, the largest of the char, are also Alaska’s largest resident freshwater fish, routinely reaching weights beyond 20 pounds. They are extremely opportunistic predators, preying o

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Grayling Without a doubt, the most distinctive characteristic of Arctic grayling is the large, sail-shaped dorsal fin that has come to signify the fish for so many. If the fish has another signature characteristic, it’s that the species is so at home, and abundant, in the far northern waters of interior Alaska. In fact, for […]

Visit Fairbanks, Alaska; the area is perfect for the road-system angler, with plenty of highway and gravel-road access to fisheries and several beautiful campgrounds. More Fairbanks: Overview Articles

A Hunt for Monster Yukon River Pike Story and photo by Marcus Weiner “On my planet, we have a sun.” It’s pushing 90 degrees, Alaska is on fire, and we are on a hunt for the monster p

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  Story and photos by JD Richey Okay, so most spring fishing opportunities are still a ways off, but there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. One of the first viable fisheries that opens up in the early season is for Dollies. The ravenous char start to congregate in the spring around […]

Lake trout are called by many different names in the places where they exist. Probably one of the most common is “mackinaw,” a word that is just as symbolic of the great north woods as are

A Surreal Alaska Experience by Marcus Weiner Photos by Wayne Norris Cordova—In a state known for both its numbers and varieties of sport fish, one species has stayed below the radar of many anglers.

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By Scott Haugen Of Alaska’s shellfishing opportunities, nothing is growing like the quest for shrimp. With liberal seasons and limits, recreational users are now buying boats for shrimping, not fishing. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” shares Ross Donalson, second-generation owner of the Donalson Company, Alaska’s largest dealer of shrimp pots and pellet bait. With […]

Rockfish get little respect, except perhaps as fish and chips. Commonly encountered by Alaskan anglers while salmon or halibut fishing, they are frequently caught on heavy tackle, making fishermen thi

The northern pike can attain massive sizes, especially in the vast, remote, and virtually unknown watersheds of Alaska’s Yukon River drainage. As pike angler Boris Popov says, “Nowhere els

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Burbot — or Lota lota in scientific terms — have almost as many names as locations in which this scrappy looking fish is found. But no matter what you call them, one thing is certain—they sure taste good. By Troy Letherman The burbot is a much-maligned species of sport fish, too often deemed as too […]

Sockeye Salmon Until one actually hooks their first sockeye salmon, it is hard to imagine such strength and speed is possible from such a compact fish. Likewise, it is unlikely that anyone can imagine

Silver Salmon Kenai River silvers arrive in the nick of time: just about the time that one is completely burned out or turned off by the huge crowds, intense nature and necessary patience of king fish

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