Arctic Grayling


Species​ Name: Arctic Grayling (Thymallus arcticus)
Family: Salmonidae
The Arctic Grayling is ‍a ⁤species of​ freshwater fish under the Salmonidae family known for its attractive coloration and large dorsal fin.

Conservation Status

Current Status: Least Concern
Efforts made to conserve this species have led to population stabilization, though in ‍some areas – notably Michigan and Montana – reintroduction efforts have been necessary due ‌to past population‌ declines.


Statistic Average Range
Length 30 cm 15 – 76 cm
Weight 1 kg 0.3 – 2.8 kg
Average Lifespan 15 years NA


Arctic Graylings are native‍ to northern ⁤regions ⁤of North America, Asia, ⁢and Europe.‌ They typically do‌ not migrate, but seasonal⁢ movements have been observed where the species moves to different habitats along ‌rivers and streams.


The Arctic Grayling prefers freshwaters such as rivers, streams, and lakes.⁣ They are found at varying⁣ depths, depending on the temperature ⁢and availability of food. They​ prefer colder waters with temperatures below 20°C.

When and Where to See

Arctic Graylings‌ can be seen from late spring to early fall, with peak sightings in​ mid-summer. They are⁣ most active during day time.

Best Fishing‌ Locations

Top Places for Arctic Grayling fishing include:

  1. Alaska, USA – Copper River, Tangle Lakes, Denali Highway
  2. Yukon, Canada – Thelon River, Mountain River
  3. Mongolia – Eg ⁢River, Delger Moron River, Shishkid River
  4. Michigan, USA – Manistee River
  5. Montana, USA – Big Hole River,⁣ Madison River, Red Rock River

How to‌ Catch

Arctic‌ Graylings are often caught using flies, but can also be tempted by spinners or small bait fish. Fly fishing and casting are the most common techniques. The best time to fish for ⁤them is during the day in⁢ summer months.

Identification Guide

Arctic Graylings⁤ are easily recognized by their large‌ dorsal fin⁣ and attractive coloration. ⁣They have a silver body with a purple or blue hue, and spots on their dorsal fin. They‍ are different from⁣ similar species due to lack of spots on the body and unique large‌ dorsal fin.


Arctic Grayling⁣ is a beloved catch for its​ tasty and nutritious meat. It has a delicate, slightly sweet flavor. It can be ⁢smoked, grilled, or baked. It’s rich in proteins, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.

Additional Information

Arctic Graylings often​ feed⁣ on smaller fish, crustaceans, and​ insect‌ larvae. Predators include larger fish, birds, and humans. They hold a prominent place in folklore of indigenous peoples‌ in Alaska, where ⁣they are ⁢seen‌ as symbols of life ‍and ‍abundance.

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