Alaska offers numerous ice-fishing opportunities for trout. Many Alaska lakes have rainbow trout and lake trout. The winter is a long ice-fishing season, and both types of trout can be caught in large numbers and sizes. Some of the popular summer fisheries cannot be accessed during the winter, but there are enough frozen lakes located off major highways to satisfy anglers and keep the fishing pressure low.
The Mat-Su Valley has numerous lakes near Anchorage and Wasilla. The lakes hold rainbow trout, lake trout, landlocked king and silver salmon, arctic char and Dolly Varden. The ice-fishing season typically lasts from late November to March but can vary depending on the thickness of the ice. Fisherman should contact a local tackle store or fishing guide to check the safety of the ice. Trout can be caught on salmon eggs, worms, jigs and various specialty baits.
The Kenai Peninsula is a popular area for summer trout and salmon fishing but is often overlooked for winter ice-fishing opportunities. The peninsula has ample opportunities for catching rainbow trout and salmon through the ice. It is important that anglers check with local tackle stores and the State of Alaska before going fishing. Some of the waters are closed to winter fishing to protect native fish. Ice fishing for trout on the Kenai Peninsula is effective with salmon eggs, jigs, lures and various live baits. The peninsula is also popular for catching coho salmon through the ice.
Located in the greater Fairbanks area, the Tanana Valley offers ice fisherman more than 100 stocked lakes. Huts on several lakes can be rented from the Alaska Fish and Game Department, and anglers and erect their own huts and leave them overnight with a permit. Fish can be caught on salmon eggs, worms, lures, jigs and various live baits.
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