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    Ok, with all the posts of what fish tastes or fights the best thought I would put a female spin on this and ask you guys what fish LOOKS the best.

    Nicest colors, spawning and bright or fresh? Trout or char or salmon? Rockfish perhaps?

    Thanks and have a great (and safe) Labor Day weekend!!!!

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    Lingcod without a doubt

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    It's a tie between sablefish and thornyhead rockfish (idiotfish) in the salt, with the clear winner in freshwater being grayling followed closely by spawning arctic char.
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    Thumbs up My choice . . .

    My vote goes to the Arctic Char in spawning colors. There is a lake down here on the peninsula that is full of char, they are entirely fresh water fish, have been here since the last ice age, and are of the same genetic stock as the char in Kamchatka.

    Some few years back I caught one, about two pounds or a little better, in full-spawning colors—as brilliant orange all over as a goldfish, bright red and pitch black on the fins, and freckled with white spots. I briefly considered having it mounted but rejected the notion because I didn't think anyone would believe the fish real.

    Stunningly gorgeous . .

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    Grayling, definitely

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    I'm goping to have to agree with Marcus on this one. A NATIVE char dose edge out a grayling.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick P View Post
    I'm goping to have to agree with Marcus on this one. A NATIVE char dose edge out a grayling.......
    I go w/ the grayling, I don't like the loose skin on char or the funky tail





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    I have more respect for dollies than most, and their colors can be spectacular. But at the moment, the prettiest fish in Alaska to me would have to be a colored up steelhead like this 36 incher I got in April. Just an amazing fish in so many ways and I have a new found respect for steelhead (and steelhead fisherman). The strategy, effort, and hiking required to chase steel in SE was impressive. Not an easy nut to crack. Makes it worth doing.



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    A 50lb king at $7.00 a lb!!!

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    + 1 to Dan................steal head all the way, followed by a nice lep. bow the Kenai have.

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    danattherock, have you heard about the guys that have put pics in Alaska fish mags getting busted for taking fish pics with fish out of the water that arn't supposed to be! good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGH55 View Post
    danattherock, have you heard about the guys that have put pics in Alaska fish mags getting busted for taking fish pics with fish out of the water that arn't supposed to be! good luck.
    You are assuming he caught that on the Kenai.
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    Never considered the Kenai SE Alaska myself

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    Nope, southeast! look at the background!! and check the regs.

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    China RockFish in the Salt, Grayling in the Fresh. I have yet to see reproductions of either that capture the detail and coloration fully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGH55 View Post
    Nope, southeast! look at the background!! and check the regs.
    Can you be specific on where it is in the regs? I can't seem to find it.

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    Default Chum Salmon Anyone?

    You know your not catching any fish when you start talking about the weather...


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    I'll vote on dollies, can't find my better spawn color pic
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    Can't get to it now but some of the streams are if the fish is not to be retained it is not to be removed from the water unless they changed it again! It was that way around Ketch when I lived there.

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