ICE FISHING IN FAIRBANKS ALASKA

ABOUT FAIRBANKS

The Fairbanks area is home to just over 100,000 hearty souls, making this region the second-largest population center in Alaska.

The city features a university, an Army base and an Air Force Base and is known for dog mushing, northern lights and its extremes of light, dark, warmth and cold.

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Museum of the North, where the collections feature both natural history and art items. It’s rightfully considered one of the finest museums in the state.

 

DOWNTOWN HOTELS – BOOKING.COM IS CHEAPEST IN FAIRBANKS

 

Surprisingly Fairbanks Alaska is quite an affordable vacation option when it comes to cheap family vacation or last minute holidays on a budget.

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Flights to Fairbanks Alaska

Flights to Fairbanks Alaska

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Sample House Rental – Sleeps 4 – $95 Per Night

Sample House Rental – Sleeps 4 – $95 Per Night

 

In winter, temperatures as low as -62 degrees have been recorded; temperatures in the 80s are common in summer. Summer days are also long – Fairbanks enjoys more than 22 hours of daylight when the solstice arrives on June 21. 

THINGS TO DO IN FAIRBANKS

Fairbanks is one of Alaska’s best year-round destinations, and visitors will find plenty to do whether they come for the long, warm summer days or to watch spectacular northern lights displays color the night sky in winter.

When can I see the Aurora Borealis or Midnight Sun?

During Aurora Season (August 21-April 21) in the Fairbanks region, the aurora borealis also known as the northern lights, almost always appears when the sky is relatively dark and clear. The Aurora Borealis Tracker correlates aurora forecast, weather conditions and time of day to determine aurora viewing possibilities in multiple locations.

During the Midnight Sun Season (April 22- August 20), Fairbanks experiences 24 hours of sunlight for seventy days from May 17 to July 27. The Midnight Sun Tracker calculates the number of daylight hours, also known as civil twilight, 365 days a year in multiple locations.

A wide range of activities are available, including shopping the many art galleries filled with pottery, painting, textiles and Alaska Native art and jewelry; rafting or kayaking the meandering Chena River; golfing; fishing; snowmobiling; enjoying tours and attractions like Pioneer Park that celebrate the town’s gold history; cross-country and Alpine skiing; wildlife viewing; soaking in hot springs; or even enjoying a locally brewed beer. 

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FLIGHTS FROM THESE COMPANIES CAN BE FOUND FROM $310 ROUND TRIP WITH ADVANCED NOTICE

Flights to Fairbanks Alaska

Flights to Fairbanks Alaska

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Great Ice fishing experience!

You may want to dress a bit warmer than these young ladies.

Or these kids.

This is better

Just returned home from my first ice fishing experience with my friends! Before this ice fishing adventure I never try it. BUT, wow, did this adventure change my mind. We had a wonderful time and we pulled in several fish. Alaska Fishing and Raft Adventures made it a perfect day! The boss was very comforting and patient! When we arrived at our lake he was quick to start everything and after a quick instruction we were fishing! He instructed us on the best way to hold the rod and jiggle the line to attract all those fish. Not very long into our experience some of us pulled in a nice size fish. And he cooked the fish with bread give to everyone in this tour, we have a wonderful and delicious lunch. And he had a cute puppy, when you fishing she like a butterfly run around of everyone bring us happy. The boss is a very nice and very gental guy. There was not one single negative thing about this adventure. We will be back with our family next time!

Ice Fish Companies

SALMON

Alaska is known for its salmon. Five varieties are normally found throughout the state. In the winter, King Salmon are active and much sought-after. These fish, particularly the Feeder King Salmon, migrate up from the Pacific Northwest and Canada for feeding. They then return to their rivers to spawn. As they grow fat during this season, they are a popular treat for winter fishing tours in Alaska.

HALIBUT

 

Halibut are another common treat of fishing tours in Alaska. Winter is not the best season to look for these fish, since most of them migrate out of the area for the season to spawn. However, many fishing tours in Alaska encounter halibut as they fish for King Salmon. You may catch one, but they are typically not the target.

ICE FISHING

Fishing in Alaska in the winter is common. It’s simply done through the ice if necessary. Fishing tours in Alaska during the winter months can target Arctic char, rainbow trout, Arctic grayling and salmon. Other common catches for ice fishing include Rockfish, which can be caught all winter long in some parts of Alaska.

TROUT

ROCKFISH

 

WINTER FISHING MINDSET

Winter fishing tours in Alaska offer a unique experience. Many fish slow down during this season. They may not move very far to feed, making them more challenging to catch.

However, some are active, and waiting for their bite offers fishermen the chance to take in the breathtaking winter scenery of Alaska. It’s the best time to see the Northern Lights, and other wildlife is more visible among the winter foliage. These features of Alaskan winters make winter fishing tours in Alaska a favorite for many visitors and locals alike.

ENJOY THE WONDERS OF WINTER

Winter fishing tours in Alaska offer experiences you won’t find elsewhere. Don’t let the cooler temperatures fool you. Winters in Alaska are a prime time to take in all the state has to offer. This includes King Salmon, halibut and other wildlife.

Whether you want to find a remote stocked lake you travel to by snowmobile or schedule a guided fishing tour in Alaska, you are sure to enjoy your experience.

How to Ice Fish: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

 

Ice Fishing Safety

The most important piece of safety advice we can provide is also the simplest: never ice fish alone. To ice fish alone is to throw caution, and possibly your life, to the wind. Always fish with a partner — an extra pair of hands can be a literal lifesaver if an accident should occur.

How to Make a Hole in the Ice

To make a hole in the ice, you’ll need an ice saw, an ice chisel, or an auger (either hand or gasoline powered).

Use any of these tools to dig down through the ice until you reach open water. The hole should be no larger than 10 inches (so people don’t accidentally fall in) and no smaller than eight inches (it has to be big enough to actually pull a fish through).

Then, using an ice skimmer, remove any remaining chunks of ice in the hole; you want the hole free from the ice when fishing so that it doesn’t accidentally set off your tip-up or fool you into thinking you have a bite. 

How to Ice Fish

First, check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources for more information on ice fishing, rules, regulations, and licensing requirements. Never go fishing without a license — they exist for a reason, namely, preventing overfishing and the loss of lake stock.

Finally, select your fishing method. There are two conventional ways to ice fish. The first just grandaddy’s rod and reel, second Tip-Up fishing.Then, using an ice skimmer, remove any remaining chunks of ice in the hole; you want the hole free from the ice when fishing so that it doesn’t accidentally set off your tip-up or fool you into thinking you have a bite. 

Fish don’t expend as much energy during the winter months, meaning they are both slow to move and slow to react. If you move your bait or jig too fast, a fish might release the bait or hook in order to save energy — the best method is slow and steady. Eventually, you’ll win the race.

Tip-Up Fishing

 

A tip-up is a rather ingenious device that allows you to fish multiple holes without being forced to babysit each one. Tip-ups are rigs that straddle the hole and are used to suspend a baited hook or jig at a certain depth within the body of water below. Usually, a fish finder is employed to figure out at what depth most of the fish are and using that information, you can set the tip up for that specific depth and then walk away. You do want to keep an eye on the rig though, since a tug on the line or a bite will deploy a flag that “tips up,” letting you know you’ve hooked something.

Get the Gear

Dressing for ice fishing takes a little common sense and outwear you’ve probably already got in your closet. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer along with long underwear. On top of that, put on a flannel or sweatshirt, over that a bib overall or snowsuit, followed up with a winter waterproof jacket, thick wool socks, waterproof boots with good traction, a hat, or ski mask, and gloves.

If you are new to this sport we highly suggest giving Alaska Fishing and Raft Adventures a call. It’s affordable and they will assist with the entire experience.

 

 

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