Alaska Halibut Fact Sheet

Lodge guest Russ Andrus lands a tasty Alaskan halibut

Names Common Name: Halibut Scientific Name: Hippoglossus stenolepis Other Names: Butts, Chickens (little ones), Turkeys (bigger than little ones), Barn doors (big ones) Halibut Description Color & Markings: Their upper side ranges in color from mottled blue-gray to olive green-brown depending on the color of the ocean floor where they live. The bottom side of the fish is white. Size: 1-8ft long and 5-500lbs. Alaska’s Record sport-caught halibut was 459lbs. Distinguishing [Read More]

Alaska King Salmon Fact Sheet

Guest Russ Andrus Alaska King Salmon fishing

Names Common Name: King Salmon Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Other Names: Chinook Salmon, Blackmouth, Spring salmon King Salmon Description Color & Markings: Black irregular spots on their back, dorsal fins, and both lobes of the tail fin. Black gums and black mouth under the tongue. Size: 36+ inches and 30+ lbs at maturity. Distinguishing Features: The only Pacific salmon with both black mouth and black gums. King Salmon Fishing Book your King Salmon [Read More]

Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fact Sheet

Boardwalk fishing guide Kris Atkins holds sockeye salmon for guest photo op

Names Common Name: Sockeye Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Other Names: Red Salmon or Blueback Sockeye Salmon Description Color & Markings: Sea going Sockeye (and those that have recently entered rivers to spawn), have iridescent silvery sides and a white belly. Their backs are a metallic blue-green color. They may have fine, black speckling on their back, but they do not have large distinct spots. As the fish progress farther up river, they turn bright red (hence their [Read More]

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 Steelhead 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 [Read More]