Do You Have What it Takes ... Salmon Fishing

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About This Quiz

If you're a serious fisherman (or woman), chances are a salmon-fishing trip to Alaska is on your bucket list -- if you haven't been already. Do you have what it takes to reel in the Big One in the Last Frontier? Take our quiz and find out if you have the right stuff.

What are the 'big two' of Alaska fishing?

If you're planning a fishing trip to Alaska, you're most likely gunning for salmon or halibut.

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What's bigger, salmon or halibut?

The average salmon ranges from pan-size to 30 pounds or so, although 50 to 60 pounds isn't unheard of. Halibut can weigh well over 100 pounds.

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How many types of salmon are native to Alaska?

Five kinds of salmon call Alaska home: king (chinook), red (sockeye), pink (humpies), chum (dog) and silver (coho).

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What's the biggest type of Alaskan salmon?

As the name implies, king salmon are the largest. The biggest salmon ever caught (97 pounds) was a king.

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This river is one of only a few in the world that contain all five types of salmon.

The Kenai River (on the Kenai peninsula, south of Anchorage) is basically the mecca of Alaskan salmon fishing. The 97-pound world record salmon was caught there in 1985.

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When is salmon season in Alaska?

Salmon season runs pretty much all summer, from May to September.

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If you arrive in Alaska for a fishing trip in September, what type of salmon can you expect to catch?

If you're looking to bag each type of salmon, your best bet for a trip is in July. By September, silver (or coho) are about all that's left.

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About how much can you expect to pay for a full-day guided fishing trip in Alaska?

You'll have to hand over about $400 a day for a 'fly-out' trip to a remote area, but for a day on the Kenai or Talkeetna Rivers, the average cost is around $200.

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You could certainly catch a salmon by standing with a rod and reel in just about any Alaskan river during salmon season -- but if you want to get fancier, many serious anglers say this device is one of the best out there.

A downrigger is a device that attaches to the side of a boat and keeps the tackle at the exact depth where the salmon density is likely to be highest.

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What are Alaskans referring to when they talk about 'combat fishing'?

During the height of salmon season, it's tough to get a good fishing spot along the waterways of Anchorage, even in the middle of the night.

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