What You Need to Know About Salmon Sharks in Alaska

Part of what makes Elfin Cove Resort such an attractive Alaskan vacation spot is the unique adventures you will discover. Having a wide variety of angling options is a prerequisite for any successful fishing lodge, so that’s why we go above and beyond to deliver an experience that is hard to find anywhere else. Fishing for salmon sharks isn’t something you hear about every day, so, understandably, not many people know about it. As one of our more exotic endeavors, we’d like to share more about salmon sharks in Alaska to give you an idea of what you’re up against should you choose to take these formidable predators on.


A close relative to the great white and mako, salmon sharks, are considered big game off the coast of Alaska. As such, these apex predators can provide quite the thrill for anyone looking for their next angling challenge. With weights ranging from 75 to 300 pounds on average and some specimens reaching over 500 pounds, it’s no wonder that salmon sharks are known to bite through salmon and halibut leaders easily. These monsters require more than your standard salmon fishing equipment! Thankfully, Elfin Cove Resort has everything you need for a victorious battle.


As one of the prominent ocean predators on the Alaska coast, it’s surprising that many people have never heard of the salmon shark. But fear not! We’ll help acquaint you with these ferocious beasts with a few interesting facts to consider as you plan your fishing trip

  • Despite their namesake and primary food source—Pacific salmon, the salmon shark feeds on various seafaring creatures, including squid, sablefish, and herring.
  • Salmon sharks move a lot and organize schools of 30 to 40 based on their size.
  • Well processed salmon shark is said to taste much like swordfish.
  • Male salmon sharks mature after five years, while females mature at 8-10 years. The oldest of the species can live up to 25 years.
  • Salmon sharks are strong swimmers who can reach lengths of up to 10 feet long, making them worthy adversaries.


Chasing salmon sharks in Alaska is a remarkable adventure every angler or big game hunter should consider. And with excellent resort lodging packages from Elfin Cove, you’ll find an all-inclusive trip for every budget. What’s more, Elfin Cove Resort offers our beach house for anyone looking for a more exclusive Alaska fishing experience rife with seclusion and a dash of luxury. To book your trip today, please reach out online or call 888-922-3474.