Fish for salmon and halibut in Alaska

Here is some information that I thought might be helpful when you book your next fishing trip in Alaska. The two most common types of fish people book charters for in Alaska are salmon and halibut. There are five types of salmon; and of course you can book a fishing charter in Alaska for any one of the five types but at different times of the year. The first one I want to write about is King (Chinook) salmon – author’s favorite! King salmon in Alaska is specific with small black spots on back and both lobes of tail.

Gum line on lower jaw black. Less than 25 gill rakers, 15-17 anal fin rays. Silver (Coho) Salmon in Alaska is characterized by small black spots usually occur only on upper lobe of tail and on back. Gum line on lower jaw not black. Scales large; less than 25 gill rakers, 13-15 anal fin rays. Sockeye (Red) Salmon in Alaska – author’s second best – has no distinct black spots on back or tail; over 30-40 long, fine serrated and closely spaced gill rakers over 12 anal fin rays.

Sockeye salmon has relatively large eyes where it gets its name from. Pink (Humpback) Salmon in Alaska is differentiated by large, oval black spot on back and on both lobes of tail; scales very small; usually over 12 anal fin rays; males develop a pronounced hump during spawning. Chum (Dog) Salmon in Alaska has no distinct black spots on back or tail; 18-28 smooth, short, stout, and widely spaced gill rakers; usually over 12 anal fin rays. Author’s advice is not to eat Chum salmon because its meat tastes like it is spoiled even though the fish has been just caught. Recommendation for Chum salmon is catch and release only.

To go fishing for halibut in Alaska you should definitely book a fishing charter because you are gonna go in open water on a boat. You can easily find and book a fishing charter for halibut in Alaska on You fish for Pacific Halibut in Alaska. The Pacific Halibut of Alaska is a bottom, flat fish. It is more elongated than most flatfish, with width being about one-third the length. Adults have both eyes on their dark or upper side. Color on the dark side tends to assume the coloration of the ocean bottom. The underside is lighter, often white. If you want to see a great shot of a halibut you can visit I hope this article was educational enough to talk like a pro or being able to impress your friends on your fishing trip in Alaska.