Arctic Grayling are really cool fish and are known as the sailfish of the salmon species.
Grayling are found in rivers, streams, and lakes in Alaska, Canada and Montana, and Michigan. Grayling are fun to catch using a fly or spinning tackle.
They’re a slow growing fish and only grow about one inch per year and can live to be over 30 years old.
Arctic Grayling have soft mouths so it is important to use single hooks and not fight the fish to aggressively.
Grayling have a strong bite in the summer-time and naturally feed on flies, insects, salmon eggs, and small fish such as baby salmon. They are not picky when it comes to what they will try to eat but I noticed that they approach the bait slow and nip at it. They keep coming back if they miss the bait so do not give up if a grayling hits but does not get hooked.
Here Are the Best Grayling Fishing lures, baits, and jigs.
Glitter Flame or fluorescent red is close to the color spinner I was using in the “how to catch trout video shown at the bottom”.
This lure does use a treble hook, though, which is not ideal but still gets the job done
Smashing the barbs of the hook down would be a good idea so the fish is easier to release. Good sizes are 1/16 – 1/4 ounce.
The pictures above show a grayling being reeled in and a dolly varden caught with a pink spinner.
If the salmon are spawning in the river being fished using salmon eggs or beads would be a good option.
Depending on the location of the stream you may be able catch rainbow trout and dolly varden with these beads as well.
In many fishing for grayling with salmon eggs is not allowed but you can always use trout beads two inches up from the hook. Trout beads can even be used in fly-only streams in many cases.
Trout beads assorted Alaska pack. Size 6mm, 8mm and 10 mm beads.
Gamakatsu size 10 single hooks are a good size hook for grayling.
Toothpicks work good to hold the trout beads in place.
I was fishing for Arctic grayling near the Denali Highway in Alaska. There were many lakes and rivers that were a short walk to start fishing. If there is a small pound without and stream that flows into the pound it is unlikely there will be grayling. Only fish small lake or pound if a stream connects to the water at some point throughout the year.
Thanks for visiting Global Fishing Reports. I hope these suggestions help you catch more arctic grayling!
If you have any suggestions for top arctic grayling lures and baits, leave a comment below!
Captain Cody has worked on charter fishing boats in the Florida Keys, Virgin Islands and Alaska. Cody grew up in Pennsylvania and has also done extensive freshwater fishing including bass fishing tournaments. Cody strives to provide detailed information about the best fishing gear and tactics to help both novice and experienced anglers have a more productive and enjoyable time on the water. Cody also has a background in aerospace engineering and neuroscience but really only takes pride in being good at one thing and that is fishing!