Salmon or Halibut?

Which Fish Should You Go After?

people on boat holding large fish

Here’s how to decide:

Want the biggest fish? Go for halibut 

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).

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

FishWhyWeightTackle
HalibutGreat tasting fishHuge-a challenge to land Avg: 20 – 50 lbs.Rare: 200 lbsRecord: 400+ lbsHeavy duty reel, 70-120 lb test
King Salmon (Chinook)Largest salmonLots of meatAvg: 20 – 30 lbs.Rare: 60 lbsRecord: 97 lbsStrong spinning tackle
Red Salmon (Sockeye)Great fighterRichest meatAvg: 6 – 8 lbs.Rare: 16 lbsRecord: 22 lbsFly, spinning
Pink Salmon (Humpies)Small and easy to catchNot uncommon to land dozensAvg: 3 – 5 lbs.Rare: 9 lbsRecord: 13 lbsLight tackle, fly or spinning
Chum Salmon (Dog Salmon) Large and strongAttracted to flies; novice fly fisherman’s dreamBut not good eatingAvg: 10 – 15 lbs.Rare: 22 lbsRecord: 33 lbsLight tackle, fly
Silver Salmon (Coho)AbundantQuality meatGreat fighters & acrobaticAvg: 8 – 12 lbs.Rare: 18 lbsRecord: 26 lbsFly, spinning
Rainbow TroutStrong fighting fishHighly sought-afterAvg: 7 – 22 lbs.Rare: 28 lbsRecord: 42 lbsLight tackle, fly or spinning

The link to the original article can be found here: https://www.alaska.org/advice/salmon-or-halibut

small group with two rows of sockeye salmon laid out

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