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 for a fantastic winter day trip in Alaska.

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)

If you love fishing, check out the world’s most dangerous job found here in Alaska. Or you may want to visit these nine amazing spots in Alaska that are perfect to go fishing.

Ice fishing in Alaska is one of those experiences you just have to put on your bucket list. Even if you don’t catch anything it’s something not everyone can claim to have done. Have you been ice fishing in Alaska? Share your experience with us in the comments.

Address: Anchorage, AK, USA
Address: Tanana Valley, Alaska 99714, USA
Address: Matanuska-Susitna, AK, USA
Address: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska 99610, USA
Address: Glennallen & Copper Valley, AK, USA
Address: Arctic Area, AK, USA
Address: Bristol Bay Borough, AK, USA
Address: Fairbanks, AK, USA
Address: Northwest Area, AK, USA

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Which month is the best for ice fishing in Alaska?

You would think ice fishing in Alaska would be a year-round activity, and in some places in Northern Alaska, it can be. But there are actual ice fishing seasons in many parts of Alaska. The best time to go ice fishing is late November until about mid-January.

What fish do you catch ice fishing in Alaska?

Many lakes in Alaska are stocked with fish so they have a diverse population of game fish. Even landlocked king and silver salmon are known to be trapped under the ice occasionally. Here are some of the most popular fish species that you can expect to catch ice fishing in Alaska:

  • Rainbow trout
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Lake trout
  • Arctic char
  • Northern pike
  • Coho salmon
  • Chinook salmon
  • Burbot

How much does it cost to ice fish in Alaska?

If you aren’t up for the challenge of setting off on your own to find the best ice-fishing spots in Alaska you can charter a guided fishing expedition. A simple lake trip might only be around $80 per person. But chartered trips can run several hundred per person depending on where you want to go. Expect to pay extra for “Aurora” ice fishing trips to fish under the stunning Aurora Borealis – the experience is amazing so it’s definitely worth the extra expense. You’ll also need an Alaskan sport fishing license which will be in the $100 range as well. There is also an additional requirement if you intend to go after wild king salmon. A king salmon stamp runs another $75.

Address: Anchorage, AK, USA
Address: Tanana Valley, Alaska 99714, USA
Address: Matanuska-Susitna, AK, USA
Address: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska 99610, USA
Address: Glennallen & Copper Valley, AK, USA
Address: Arctic Area, AK, USA
Address: Bristol Bay Borough, AK, USA
Address: Fairbanks, AK, USA
Address: Northwest Area, AK, USA

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