Alaska February 17, 2018
The 9 Best Places To Go Ice Fishing In Alaska This Winter
Ice fishing is something many have only seen in photographs. In northern places, people who love fishing head out onto the thick, solid ice to battle the winter. They put up a tent, drill a hole in the ice and wait for the fish under the ice to seek the bait in the dark, cold water. This time honored Alaska tradition is a way of bonding during the long, cold hours of waiting for fish. But modern tents and heaters make ice fishing more of a luxurious party than a freezing chore. Try ice fishing this winter for a fantastic day trip in Alaska.
Experiencing all the fun outdoor activities Alaska has to offer will make your winter one thousand times better. Visitors and residents should try ice fishing if it isn't already a part of your routine.
It's fun, easy and a great way to spend times with friends and family. Conditions vary by year and area of the state, but for most of Mainland Alaska you can ice fish from December through March on the lakes and rivers.
The process involves heading out to a frozen body of water and drilling a hole in the ice. The giant ice drills are specifically designed for the task.
Some people, and tour guides, have deluxe little ice fishing houses built that they haul across the ice each winter to a spot for comfort and warmth for ice fishing all winter long.
But modern pop-up tents and generator powered heaters can create a warm spot for fishing on the ice in no time.
In no time, you'll have caught some delicious fish! Winter traps some king and silver salmon under the ice as well as rainbow trout, Arctic char – Dolly Varden, and Arctic grayling. Some of the lakes are stocked, so they are good bets for ice fishing.
You can grill up your fresh catch and enjoy the best in fresh Alaska fish, and it is all the better when you caught it yourself in a glorious Alaskan locale.
1. Anchorage Area
Great lakes for ice fishing include Jewel, Mirror, Beach, Clunie, Otter, DeLong, Sand, and Green Lake in the Southcentral area. The season ends in late March, so beware of thin ice as spring progresses.
2. Matanuska-Susitna Area
Matanuska & Upper Susitna Valley offers the Big Lake system, Nancy Lake System, Kepler-Bradley lakes, Petersville Road lakes, Wasilla, Red Shirt, Long,
Seventeen Mile, Benka, Christiansen, Carpenter, Memory, Diamond, Chelatna, Clarence and Stephan Lakes.
3. Kenai Peninsula Area
Head to Summit, Trail, Kenai, Hidden and Skilak Lakes, Swanson
River Road Lakes, Swan Lake Road & Canoe System Lakes.
4. Glennallen & Copper Valley Area
This beautiful area is full of perfect lakes for ice fishing including Louise/Susitna, Crosswind, Deep, Fish, Tolsona, Paxton, Summit, Tonsina, Strelna, Silver, Van, Copper-Tanada and Long Lakes.
5. Tanana Valley Area, Interior
Head to Tangle, Minto and Tetlin Lakes systems; Harding, Birch,
Quartz, Geskakmina, Dune, Otto, Rainbow, Craig, Koole and Bolio Lakes for ice fishing fun outside of Fairbanks.
6. Fairbanks Area
Head out on the many frozen lakes in the area including Chena, Polaris, Ballaine, Moose and Grayling Lakes and 28
7. Northwest Area
Go to Walker, Feniak, Wild and Selawik Lakes, Hotham Inlet for the Spring Sheefish. The season goes through April in the North.
8. Arctic Area
In the far north, head to Teshekpuk, Elusive, Galbraith, Chandler, Old John, Chandalar, and
Bob Johnson Lakes.
9. Bristol Bay Area
In Southwest, head to Wood-Tikchik Lakes, Lake Clark, Headwater Lakes, Togiak and
Kanektok Rivers and the Katmai Lakes.
For the ultimate adventure, fish all night under the aurora for an Alaskan experience you'll never forget.
Find out everything you need to know about gear and equipment
here. Find the stocked lakes in your area through the Department of Fish and Game. Find out about renting ice fishing equipment or taking a tour at:
Fishtale River Guides (Little Susitna River)
AK River Tours (Statewide)
Rod’s Alaskan Guide Service (Fairbanks/North Pole)
1st Alaska Outdoor School (Fairbanks)
Jason’s Guide Service (Cooper Landing)
Quartz Lake Boat/Ice Fishing Rentals (Tanana Valley)
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Have you been ice fishing in Alaska? Tell us about it in the comments below.