Arctic Grayling

Pair of elevation illustrations of the Arctic Grayling seen from the side and front

The Arctic Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is not only raised for food by commercial fishermen but also sought after in sports fishing. The fish is very active during the day and highly recognized for its beauty, colorfulness, and large dorsal fin. Male arctic graylings are more colorful than females and would defend a spawning area but not the young.

Arctic Graylings prefer clear cold waters found in the high elevation of the Arctic and some drainages of North America and would shift to rocky streams during breeding seasons. The fish is a member of the family Salmonidae with elongated, laterally compressed trout-like bodies with forked tails and short heads.

Arctic Graylings have a total length between 12”-20” (30.5-51 cm), body height of 2.5”-4” (6.4-10.2 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-4 lb (.9-1.8 kg). The typical lifespan of the Arctic Grayling is 5-10 years.


*Under Development*

2.5”-4” | 6.4-10.2 cm
12”-20” | 30.5-51 cm
2-4 lb | .9-1.8 kg
Scientific Name:
Thymallus arcticus
5-10 years


Drawings include:

Arctic Grayling side elevation, front

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