Salmon or Halibut?

Which fish do you want to go after? Where should you do it?

Here's how to decide:

  • Want the biggest fish? Go for halibut (out of Homer or Seward).
  • Want that famous Alaska salmon? Go for king or red salmon.
  • Want a river fishing experience? Go for salmon or trout.
  • An ocean experience? Go for halibut (or certain salmon).
  • Headed north to Denali? Do a salmon charter from Talkeetna.
  • Headed south to the Kenai? Go for world-famous Kenai River salmon.

Want to fine tune your decision? Here's more detail:

FishWhyWeightTackle

Halibut

  • Great tasting fish
  • Huge-a challenge to land
  • Avg: 20 – 50 lbs.
  • Rare: 200 lbs
  • Record: 400+ lbs

Heavy duty reel, 70-120 lb test

King Salmon (Chinook)

  • Largest salmon
  • Lots of meat
  • Avg: 20 – 30 lbs.
  • Rare: 60 lbs
  • Record: 97 lbs

Strong spinning tackle

Red Salmon (Sockeye)

  • Great fighter
  • Richest meat
  • Avg: 6 – 8 lbs.
  • Rare: 16 lbs
  • Record: 22 lbs

Fly, spinning

Pink Salmon (Humpies)

  • Small and easy to catch
  • Not uncommon to land dozens
  • Avg: 3 – 5 lbs.
  • Rare: 9 lbs
  • Record: 13 lbs

Light tackle, fly or spinning

Chum Salmon (Dog Salmon)

  • Large and strong
  • Attracted to flies; novice fly fisherman's dream
  • But not good eating
  • Avg: 10 – 15 lbs.
  • Rare: 22 lbs
  • Record: 33 lbs

Light tackle, fly

Silver Salmon (Coho)

  • Abundant
  • Quality meat
  • Great fighters & acrobatic
  • Avg: 8 – 12 lbs.
  • Rare: 18 lbs
  • Record: 26 lbs

Fly, spinning

Rainbow Trout

  • Strong fighting fish
  • Highly sought-after
  • Avg: 7 – 22 lbs.
  • Rare: 28 lbs
  • Record: 42 lbs

Light tackle, fly or spinning

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