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Alaskan Halibut

Halibut are a flatfish with a body width of approximately one-third the length.  Both eyes are located on the top, darker half of the fish.  As you can see in the photos, the underside is much lighter, making the Halibut harder to spot from below as it swims. Likewise, the dark top-side of the fish acts as camouflage alongside the sea floor.

Alaskan Salmon

There are lots of different species of fish you can fish for in Alaska. Whether or not you fish on a charter boat in Southeast Alaska or off the backs of the Russian River your goal is still the same, to catch an Alaska salmon. Salmon is by far the most popular and there are several different types.

King Salmon

Adults have black irregular spotting on the back and dorsal fins and both lobes of the tail fin. They also have black pigment along the gum line. In saltwater, Kings have bluish-green coloration on the back which fades to a silvery color on the sides and white on the belly. Spawning Kings in freshwater range from red to copper to almost black, depending on location and degree of maturation. Males are more deeply colored than females and develop a 'ridgeback' condition and a hooked nose.

Sockeye Salmon

Prior to spawning, sockeye are a shiny greenish blue on the top of the head and their back, bright silver on the sides, and white on the belly.  Adults may carry small black dots on their backs, while juveniles may have dark marks on their sides.

Silver Salmon

Adult Silvers will weigh between 8 to 12 pounds and span 24 to 30 inches long; however, trophies of up to 26 pounds have been caught.  Fish in the sea are dark metallic blue or greenish on the back and upper sides, a brilliant silver color on middle and lower sides, and white below.

Rainbow Trout
The rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of salmonid native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. The steelhead is a sea run rainbow trout (anadromous) usually returning to freshwater to spawn after 2 to 3 years at sea.
The rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of salmonid native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. The steelhead is a sea run rainbow trout (anadromous) usually returning to freshwater to spawn after 2 to 3 years at sea.

Lake Trout

This species is 15-20 inches long, weighing an average of 10 pounds. The body is typically trout-like and elongated. Lake trout are light green or grey, dark green, brown or almost black with lighter colored spots.

Alaskan King Crab

In 1980, at the peak of the king crab industry, some Alaskan fisheries produced up to 200 million pounds (90.9 million Kilos) of crab. However, by 1983, the total size of the catch had dropped almost sixtyfold


Razor Clam digging on the Kenai Peninsula is one of Alaska's most popular outdoor activities. It is primarily a family sport which is enjoyed by people of all ages. It is also relatively inexpensive; requiring only adequate boots and clothing, a clam shovel or tube, bucket and a current sport fishing license for those 16 years of age or older. Over 1.2 million clams are dug each year from the beaches along Cook Inlet.


Oysters naturally grow in clusters on muddy beaches, and traditional farming techniques closely resemble the wild life cycle. Alaska farmers use suspended culture techniques where single oysters are grown in nets or trays hung from floating longlines in waters 30-120 feet deep.

Alaskan Steelhead
When hooked, steelhead put up an acrobatic fight much like rainbows.  Steelheads are also just as stunning as they are combatant, boasting the same vibrant colors of reddish-pink on a background of steely silver.

Alaskan Ling Cod
July 1st marks the beginning of the season for Ling Cod, with a daily bag limit of one. The season extends through the month of September with the time period of July-August being the peak season.

Alaskan Rockfish
Varying in color and appearance from species to species, the commercial catch of Alaska rockfish is almost equally divided between the bright red varieties and the non-red varieties. The red varieties are sometimes referred to as Alaska snapper or red snapper.

Alaskan Arctic Char
There has been little research done on Alaska’s Char.  There are two different types of Char that sometimes coincide in the same lakes, “normal” and dwarf.”  The names are derived from the different sizes, habitat and diet of the two fish.  Accordingly, the dwarf type has a slower growth rate and reaches smaller sizes than the normal type.

Alaskan Northern Pike
The first step in finding large pike is to chose a watershed with big fish. Despite their often varied diet, large pike are basically fish eaters; preferring and oftentimes requiring large forage fish to sustain life.

Misc. Recipies

Northern Pink and Humpy shrimp are usually marketed as cocktail or salad shrimp. Sidestripe shrimp are known for their sweet flavor and Spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in the Alaska's waters.



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