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    hello, can anyone direct me to the closest to anchorage good graying fishing? thnx.

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    Your closest options would probably be Crescent Lake to the south (2 hour drive and 3 mile hike) and Willow Creek to the north (1.5 hour drive).

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    symphony lake up hiland valley, beach lake in chugiak
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    Mirror Lake in Anchorage. Then Kepler/Bradley complex on the way to Palmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    symphony lake up hiland valley,
    Whoops, forgot about this one. Good call.

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    I forgot the name of the lake by Chugiak High. It has Grayling
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Gray View Post
    I forgot the name of the lake by Chugiak High. It has Grayling

    That'd be beach lake

    Pretty sure theres none in Mirror lake...
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    Mirror Lake does have grayling but not for long after they are dumped into the lake. They basically school by the launch until they are all caught up.

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    since when have they stocked mirror lake with grayling?

    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/state...aSearchResults

    if grayling are in there they are wild... maybe they stocked it back when the fire lake hatchery was still around
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    since when have they stocked mirror lake with grayling?

    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/state...aSearchResults

    if grayling are in there they are wild... maybe they stocked it back when the fire lake hatchery was still around
    Not quite sure. I have only been catching them there since the "'60's". The little pot hole lake behind Mirror also has them, but it is so seldom fished and difficult for most to find, that I did not mention it earlier. There is an ice lens under Mirror Lake, and when you find the water temperature differential, you find the grayling.

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    Another late night typo on my part. I ment Beach Lake.

    Oh lookie there, Finger Lake has grayling.

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    thnku evryone. may try beach, sounds the easiest one. probly got biggr ones in symphony but 6 mi hike-wary of bears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hkr View Post
    thnku evryone. may try beach, sounds the easiest one. probly got biggr ones in symphony but 6 mi hike-wary of bears.
    There aren't many bears up in South Fork valley, and the visibility is extremely good, so you're not likely to have any problems at all with bears up there. The trail gets plenty of traffic on the weekends as well.

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    I haven't hiked the trail to Eagle & Symphony Lake but whenever I take the drive up Hiland it's rare I do not see a black bear. I just spotted one a few weeks ago with a collar on his/her neck. Heck I even live across from hiland and we have bears in the neighborhood every year and I see many more tracks down by the river.


    Beach Lake might be your best bet since it was stocked with grayling a month ago. There should be a few by the boat launch. I haven't seen many travel to the left side of the lake, but I have caught a few walking the brush off the right side of the boat launch. A small wet fly did the trick.

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    tried beach. nada. jst lil ones chasing aftr lure. read was stokd w/2inchrs.

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    They tend to hang out on the far side for some reason. Never caught one by the boat launch/ parking lot.
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