Alaska Steelhead & Rainbow Trout Fact Sheet

Kristen Atkins lands Alaska Steelhead on Prince of Wales Island

Names Common Name: Steelhead Trout/Rainbow Trout Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss Other Names: Chromers, Silver Bullets, Sea-run Rainbows, Gray ghosts, Rainbows or Square-tails Description Color & Markings: Adult steelhead have two very different physical appearances. Adult rainbow trout do not. In the ocean, and for a time after returning to freshwater, steelhead are bright silver in color with some irregular shaped spots on their back. They look very much like silver salmon, [Read More]

Best Tactics for Fishing Alaska’s Steelhead Trout

Fishing guide Jay Mar lands his first Alaska Steelhead of the season

by Chris Brewer Despite their voracity, durability, and resilience, Steelhead Trout are, without a doubt, Alaska’s most high-maintenance fish. Catching one is like spotting the hottest, most meticulous, intelligent, accomplished person around and deciding in advance, “That’s who I’m going to take home.” Steelhead fishing takes prior planning, a proper approach, an excellent lure, attentiveness, and a quick wit. Plan Your Attack You’ll need to know where to look for Steelhead. Look for cut [Read More]

Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing on the Fly

Coho Salmon fishing (aka Silver Salmon) in Southeast Alaska

by John Conger As originally published in American Outdoorsman Magazine — Summer 2018 Wham, another wild ‘Slamming Silver’ Salmon just crushed my 1982 Pink Pixie lure on light tackle on a remote stream on the last day of my salmon fishing trip on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Just like the previous five, (limit is six) this 15-pound hooked-nosed beast took the monofilament out of my spool at warp speed. Down the stream it flew, using the swift current like a [Read More]

Alaska Steelhead Fishing: Experience the Hunt, Prepare for a Fight, Savor the Release

Chris Brewer catches her first Alaska Steelhead

by Chris Brewer Alaska steelhead fishing is one of the most sensual and gratifying fishing experiences in the world. It is a fishery for the dedicated, the patient. For the fishermen (and women) who enjoy the experience of the hunt as much as they do the catch. Those who are willing to put in a little more effort than most, and endure a little more cold than most, because, in the end, the payoff is second to none. Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are the sea-going siblings of Rainbow Trout. [Read More]

Fish Who’ve Never Seen a Fisherman

Sportsman's Atlas by Chris Shaffer Kenji King couldn't see the river, nor could he hear it when he pulled his mid-'90s model Suburban onto a small pullout on the narrow, unmaintained, pothole-clogged dirt road. King had traveled an hour in the 4-wheel-drive vehicle now painted with mud and scratched by overgrown trees. He hadn't seen another car, bike or person, only bald eagles and deer. King was on the clock. The fishing guide for Boardwalk Lodge (800-764-3918; www.Bordwalklodge.com) [Read More]