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Old 07-01-2009, 04:34 PM
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Default Alaska Record Fish

Thought everyone might be interesting in seeing this. Below are the current State of Alaska record fish and the angler that currently holds the record. I lived in Alaska when Lester Anderson caught his record King Salmon back in 1985 on the Kenai River, that was one huge fish, of course it made all the papers.

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Arctic Grayling 4 lb. 13 oz. 1981 Paul F. Kanitz Ugashik Narrows
Burbot 24 lb. 12 oz. 1976 George R. Howard Lake Louise
Halibut 459 lb. 0 oz. 1996 Jack Tragis Unalaska Bay
Lingcod 81 lb. 6 oz. 2002 Charles Curny Monty Island
Northern Pike 38 lb. 0 oz. 1991 Jack Wagner Innoko River
Rockfish 38 lb. 11 oz. 2001 Rosemary Roberts P.W Sound
King Salmon 97 lb. 4 oz. 1985 Lester Anderson Kenai River
Chum Salmon 32 lb. 0 oz. 1985 Fredrick Thynes Caamano Point
Coho Salmon 26 lb. 0 oz. 1976 Andrew Robbins Icy Strait
Pink Salmon 12 lb. 9 oz. 1974 Steven A. Lee Moose River
Sockeye Salmon 16 lb. 0 oz. 1974 Chuck Leach Kenai River
Sheefish 53 lb. 0 oz. 1986 Lawrence Hudnall Pah River
Cutthroat Trout 8 lb. 6 oz. 1977 Robert Denison Wilson Lake
Dolly Varden 27 lb. 6 oz. 2002 Mike Curtiss Wulik River
Lake Trout 47 lb. 0 oz. 1970 Daniel Thorsness Clarence Lake
Steelhead 42 lb. 3 oz. 1970 David White Bell Island
Whitefish 9 lb. 0 oz. 1989 Al Mathews Tozitna River

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Thanks for the posting. Very interesting........ Keeps me droolin'. Someday I'm gonna get up there. Then those fish aren't gonna stand a chance LOL
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Hi to all,

Dang, I fished at least half of those locations and some of them many times. I never got a record that I know about. Although I have caught Grayling that were close. The Ugashik narrows have the biggest Grayling in Alaska. I did catch a Dolly that was the biggest I have ever seen, anywhere.

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Larry & Frank,

I'm trying not to think about this Coho too much. Why, I filleted it and put it in my cooler along with the 15 lb fish beside it. When I fish I'm not thinking records especially when they all seem big to me. My little scale only weighs up to 22 lbs. and the big guy maxed it out. Dang! How big was it? That is a 9' 3 piece rod laying there and the fish was darn near as long as the butt section. We ate them both one, Duh.


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Hi Ard,

I never had a scale along so even if I caught a record I would not have known. I see they have closed the King Salmon fishing along the road system waters. That is bad news that the King run was a failure this year. Did you ever get one?

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Thanks for the posting. I didn't know Sheefish got that large, or that Pinks stayed that small.
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Larry & Frank,

I'm trying not to think about this Coho too much. Why, I filleted it and put it in my cooler along with the 15 lb fish beside it. When I fish I'm not thinking records especially when they all seem big to me. My little scale only weighs up to 22 lbs. and the big guy maxed it out. Dang! How big was it? That is a 9' 3 piece rod laying there and the fish was darn near as long as the butt section. We ate them both one, Duh.


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Ard: Your silver sure looks like it could have broken the record especially since you had a scale to confirm it was over 22 lbs. I never did have a scale but I can see that it might be worth having along just in case you happen to catch a fish like the one you landed. That thing was huge!

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Larry & Frank,

I'm trying not to think about this Coho too much. Why, I filleted it and put it in my cooler along with the 15 lb fish beside it. When I fish I'm not thinking records especially when they all seem big to me. My little scale only weighs up to 22 lbs. and the big guy maxed it out. Dang! How big was it? That is a 9' 3 piece rod laying there and the fish was darn near as long as the butt section. We ate them both one, Duh.


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those must have tasted amazing! ive never had fresh salmon.

I cant even imagine catching a fish that big!
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Mooney,

Yeah they are good on the table but I really kinda regret not taking that big one to have the size and weight certified. The problem with fishing in the Bush is that it isn't easy to just run a fish to a certification point so you look at them and say "Wow that's a big one" and get on with catching more.

Larry,

I'll be back in that same slot this September watching for those big dudes to come in on the tide. I have hooked some other big ones that took me to the salt water and I never landed them. If I'm ever that fortunate again I'll think twice before I whip out the knife.
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Frank,

The rivers are open up the Yetna and Skwentna way yet but all the people who can afford the gas will be up there now. That's bad news for me. No I have not landed a king but from what I hear having 9 on the hook is better than many people have done. As soon as I have all this stuff together I'm leaving and I'll try sneaking to one of my honey holes.

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