Types of Fish we Catch
Alaska Fish Species
Common Species Caught Near Sitka
King (Chinook) Salmon
When you think of salmon, you probably think of Chinook. This is the salmon we see swimming against the current, jumping up through the whitewater to spawn. The only difference is we don’t catch them in the river, we catch them in the ocean.
King Salmon live up to their name. They are the largest variety of salmon in the Pacific. Typically growing to 15-20 pounds, the largest ever recorded was 97.25 pounds.
Sitka has the highest catch rate for Chinook in the entire state of Alaska. Their season is late May through early September, but their number start declining by July. This extremely short fishing season makes King Salmon one of the most sought-after game fish species in Alaska, and even the world.
Silver (Coho) Salmon
Where the King Salmon leave off, the Silver Salmon, or Coho, pick up. Their season is from July through early September. Coho are smaller, coming in at 8-12 pounds. Because they are smaller the possession limit (the amount you’re allowed to catch and keep) is 6 per day.
These fish are quite the catch. Sometimes living at depths of over 100 feet and weighing more than 200 pounds, Halibut fishing is some the most challenging fishing you can do at Cascade Creek. Halibut claim almost all coastal water in the Northern Pacific – from Northern California, up to Northern Alaska, across the Bering Strait to Russia, and down to Japan.
Black Cod (Sablefish)
The Black Cod is a deep-dwelling fish known for its buttery and rich taste. Some might consider it the best tasting fish in the world. Black cod are caught at depths ranging from 700-3000 feet of water. Because of such extreme depths, black cod were once only available to the commercial fishery by means of long lining and pots. With the use of electric reels, we have now made it possible to catch black cod sport fishing in Sitka, Alaska.
The Alaska Lingcod is known for its prehistoric look and large, toothy grin. It is one of Alaska's most sought after sport fish for its prized meat. These beasts can grow up to 80 lbs. The world record lingcod weighed in at 82.6 lbs.
A non-pelagic rockfish, the Yelloweye is one of the most prized rockfish due to their large size and fillet quality. We catch these pretty consistently throughout the entire fishing season.
A non-pelagic rockfish, the Shortraker rockfish looks almost identical to the Yelloweye but are typically bigger and found in deeper water (600-1200 feet). It is the largest of all the rockfish species found in Alaska, with the sportfishing world record coming in at a whopping 44.1 pounds.
A pelagic rockfish, these fighters are a hit with our guests due to their natural tendency to 'swarm' up under the boat which makes for some wild action. A great tasting white meat, our recommendation is using these for some fish tacos or fish & chips.
Sometimes described as a mini-Great White Shark, Salmon sharks can grow to over 10 feet long and in excess of 660 pounds. An apex predator, the salmon shark feeds on salmon, squid, sablefish, herring and pollock; eating about 8% of their weight in food each day. The possession limit on these big boys is 1 per day, 2 per year max. Hauling a salmon Shark aboard has been known to take over an hour. And processing the fish could take 2 hours.