If you're looking for the middle of nowhere you can stop once you hit Fort Greely, Alaska. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, Fort Greely is conveniently located next to nothing. There's Fairbanks to the North but that's nearly 100 miles through rugged wilderness. Anchorage is even more foreboding sitting over three hundred miles to the South. You come to Fort Greely to get away from it all. More than anything, though, you come to Fort Greely to fish.
Types of Fishing
Fort Greely, Alaska, and the surrounding area do not have the typical type of river mouth and deep sea fishing you think about when you think of Alaska. Because the area is inland, rivers, streams and lakes are where the fish live, and they live there in abundance. You can bank fish on both the rivers and lakes in the area, many of which are stocked regularly by Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Spinner casting is one of the more popular ways to fish and is easy to do from the shoreline.
Types of Fish
The Fort Greely area is a diverse one when it comes to fish species. In the area lakes you'll find lake trout, arctic char, burbot, grayling and whitefish are common. If you fish the rivers and you do so during the spring you're more likely to run in to salmon and even some rainbow trout. Grayling and whitefish are other species of fish that inhabit the area streams and rivers. Salmon popular to the area include the silver salmon which can grow to mammoth size, with the state record being just short of 100 pounds.
Where to Fish
When you're fishing around Fort Greely, you have to make some decisions. There are many lakes and rivers that are only reachable on foot or via riverboat. If it's lake fishing you're looking for, try Quartz Lake, Birch Lake and Harding Lake, which are larger and stocked with a variety of game fish. You can also find some good fishing in some of the lakes off the main North/South highway, including Lisa, Donna, Little Donna and North and South Twin lakes. Some of the more accessible rivers and streams include Shaw Creek, Delta Clearwater and the Salcha River, where you can access certain areas by vehicle. Other rivers, like the Goodpaster and Richardson Clearwater can only be accessed by riverboat.