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    My wife and I are looking for a nearby place to take the kids grayling fishing. An overnight trip is fine, but close enough we spend more time at the place than driving.

    Another problem is that I tore my calf muscle playing with the kids at cub scout camp and will not be up for long hikes any time soon.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    If you have access to a canoe, then Beech Lake in chugiak might be an option. I hear the fish are considerably smaller than in the lakes you have to hike to. I have never done well near the access point.

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    canoe lake across from the fair grounds...has nice size grayling and only a 50 foot walk. it is better from a small boat but there are grayling from the acess to the lake. also has outhouse there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akfun View Post
    canoe lake across from the fair grounds...has nice size grayling and only a 50 foot walk. it is better from a small boat but there are grayling from the acess to the lake. also has outhouse there.
    Just for clarification, Canoe lake (over near Kepler Bradley area) is about 3 miles shy of being across the street from the fairgrounds. It's more across the street from the gravel pits. There's a bank of mailboxes on the left side of the road if you're driving into palmer, then a right turn and then a left turn. There's fish signs showing the way.

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    beach lake used to be pretty good query the fish count database
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Seventeen Mile Lake near Sutton used to be a great Grayling fishery. Things have changed a lot up there in the last ten years or so, though, so I'm not sure if it still is. I think I read somewhere that F&G now stock it with bows or something, but it may be worth looking into.

    Also Bonnie Lakes up the highway even further used to be good from a canoe for both grayling and trout.

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    Done well on canoe lake on my one man raft for grayling. Seems like I had more success on the end opposite the public launch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akfun View Post
    canoe lake across from the fair grounds...has nice size grayling and only a 50 foot walk. it is better from a small boat but there are grayling from the acess to the lake. also has outhouse there.
    I went out there a few days ago. The trail is really overgrown, but manageable. And the ending spot is pretty cramped, with lots of bugs. Definitely would recommend a raft.

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