Alaskan Ice Fishing
Reasons to Ice Fish
People ice fish for sport and people ice fish for subsistance. I usually ice fish for sport but Native Alaskans ice fish for clothes and food.
You can catch many different types of fish when ice fishing. In Anchorage lakes you can catch Rainbow Trout, little salmon that are extras from the salmon hatcheries.
In South Centeral Alaska you can catch Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Northern Pike, and Burbot.
To ice fish you need an ice fishing pole or a handline, fishing hooks, bait (You could use shrimp, corn, slamon eggs, popcorn, power bait, worms, grub, larvare, or just about anything you think a fish will like. I think the best bait is shrimp or worms but I don't know about other people), jigs, or lures, an ice auger to make holes in the ice, an ice strainer to scoop the acsess floating ice out of the hole, a bucket to sit on or carry things in, a sled is optional but it does help if you have a lot of stuff to carry. People here in Alaska don't really have ice fishing houses all year round like in the lower 48, but people do put up little shelters like portable wind shelters.
Ice fishing Jamboree
There are some special events in Anchorage. There is an event called the Ice Fishing Jamboree. At the jamboree anybody can fish. It went this year and caught one fish but it was fun. The biggest fish this year caught at the Jamborree was a 9 and 1/2 inches.
A good time to go ice fishing is after the ice is safely frozen, which is about 1 foot thick and up. If you go on warmer days, it will probably be more pleasant. The seasons for ice fishing in Alaska are October to November through March and April.
Gearing up for ice fishingThis is a page about the gear that you need to ice fish and how much the gear costs.
Up NorthThis is a link that gives ice fishing tips and tricks from the pros.