Fishing in Fairbanks



Although a few fish can be caught right in town from the Chena River, the best thing for an avid fishermen to do is hop on a plane or riverboat to get to the best areas for angling. Fishing trips include air charters to Lake Minchumina (an hour's flight from Fairbanks), known for good pike fishing and a rare view of the north sides of Mt. McKinley and Mt. Foraker. Another charter trip by riverboat or floatplane will take you pike fishing in the Minto Flats, west of Fairbanks off the Tanana River, where the mouth of the Chatanika River spreads through miles of marsh and sloughs.

Salmon run up the Tanana River most of the summer, but they're not usually caught on hook-and-line gear. Residents take them from the river with gill nets and fish wheels, using special commercial and subsistence permits. Check the "Outdoors" section in the Friday Fairbanks Daily News–Miner for weekly updates on fishing in the Interior. You can purchase fishing licenses (good for one day or longer; $20 and up for nonresidents) at many sporting-goods stores and online at

Arctic Grayling Guide Service. Arctic Grayling Guide Service offers guided and unguided fishing trips via jet boat to a remote fishing spot 60 mi south of Fairbanks to fish for grayling and salmon (May-October). Cabins are available. They've been around forever, a good bet for the serious angler. Fairbanks, AK. 907/479–0479 or 907/322–8004.


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