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    I am making my first trip to Alaska Via the AlCan Highway and would like some areas to take my kids fishing. will be around Paxton and Delta Junction and Anchorage, any help would be appriciated. will be in the area late june.

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    There are a couple books out about fishing the highways... I'm sorry I don't know who wrote them or what the names are... anymore...
    maybe someone will come up and give you more specific answers.. in the mean time you might look on Amazon.com or some other book store for books on fishing the high-way... I used the Milepost when we drove up (in the last century) and I bought the appropriate license, stamps, etc, for all of the Canadian provinces... Every evening we'd camp near some stream or lake, and I had a ball.. A couple places we got into some grayling fishing and the kids really had a ball... /John

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzly14sure View Post
    I am making my first trip to Alaska Via the AlCan Highway and would like some areas to take my kids fishing. will be around Paxton and Delta Junction and Anchorage, any help would be appriciated. will be in the area late june.
    A few years ago, someone started a free service which people could use to post good places to fish (http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/akf...hing/68323.htm), but talking to guys who've lived here a long time... well, some of them miss the quiet places not too far outside of town where they used to be able to find fish without finding people (http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...es%85?p=447250). Anyways...

    Seriously, Old John's response is a good one. Your research may already have led you to The Milepost (http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/sto...products_id=89). Updated annually, it's an indispensable traveler's guide to supplies, services & scenery enroute. It happens to have some useful fishing information too - just make sure you check with local fishing regulations wherever along the way you end up fishing. My daughter & I fished a few spots using The Milepost on the drive up ourselves. It doesn't change that much from year to year if you get a chance at a used copy, I'd take it.

    These books (below) I know about, but others you can find in the Forums bookstore are probably good references too:
    Gunnar Pederson: http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/sto...&products_id=3
    Scott Haugen: http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/sto...products_id=75

    The ADF&G website is an excellent source, with information on timing of salmon runs (if that's what you're considering), regluations, etc. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...hingSport.main, http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...s.sc_sportfish. I moved here from Florida. I won't tell you the whole story about our first family fishing outing except to say in retrospect, the AK Wildlife Trooper we met that day was restrained and professional... and I still have my truck. Regs are more complex here, but you might know that already.

    Some Google search results for other informative websites which might interest you ("delta junction fishing for kids", "Paxson Denali Highway fishing for kids"). Most small streams along the Denali Highway will contain Arctic Grayling, terrific for kids. They're slow-growing fish. The larger fish are old ones.

    http://www.alaska-highway.org/delta/fishing.htm
    https://secure.wildlife.alaska.gov/i...ge.delta_bison (only the word "fish" on this page - , but the bison might be cool too)
    http://www.ci.delta-junction.ak.us/p...ing_photos.htm
    http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/rec...i_highway.html
    http://www.alaskascenicdrives.com/richardsonhighway.php

    You'll no doubt have more questions - about specific lakes, creeks, areas or species.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzly14sure View Post
    I am making my first trip to Alaska Via the AlCan Highway and would like some areas to take my kids fishing. will be around Paxton and Delta Junction and Anchorage, any help would be appriciated. will be in the area late june.
    Tangle Lakes is a winner.I have been going there since I was a wee little baby and been in waders since i was 3. its on the denali highway take the turn off at paxson lodge and go 21 miles up the mountain.The best fishing for grayling in Alaska to me.Try fishing the Tangle river with flies underneath bobbers its great for kids (and Adults).PM me for more info.
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    and standing on the shore like an idiot! ALLEN BRADLEY-TANGLE LAKES ADVOCATE/FANBOY

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    have to agree about tangle lakes! A lot of fun for adults and kids of all ages. Sounds goofy, but a little bobber a couple feet from a fly and throw it upstream and just wait for the bobber to drop, super easy for everyone. Just a little spinning rod with 4-6 lb test and you will be fine. A little later in the day when you pack the kids for bed, you can venture down to where the lake and creek meet and try to catch some lake trout. Definetely a fun trip!

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    Thanks for all the information!! I did buy the 2011 milepost, Looks like a good source of info. I fish alot down here in washington high lakes and streams. Sounds like same type of gear should work good up there. Is the copper open for kings at that time of year? hard to tell by reading the alaska regs and not knowing the area.

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    Grizzly14sure,
    If you have fished in Washington (west side) just bring the gear you'd use on the creeks down there with you and you'll be fine.Light stuff for trout and a bit heavier gear for kings.Definately get a copy of the fishing regs for the areas you'll be in,the regs are very site specific up here.There will be kings in the Cooper in late June and probably sockeye as well.Have a great trip up.Your kids will have a blast.

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    I have to say that I now have a lot less to worry about looks like I am ready to go fishing wise. Thanks everyone for the info and I can hardly wait to get up there!!!!

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    Mendeltna creek about halfway between Glenallen and Wasilla is a great place to pull off and get a few grayling. It's so easy I even caught one! Check all regs blah blah blah

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    Just to warn you As far as I know the copper river is only good as a dipnet fishery,There is way too much silt in to river for regular fishing....Um take a look in a carton of chocolate milk and then imagine it even harder to look through that is what the copper is like.If you want kings I would suggest the Klutina or the gulkana as the best chance to nail a king.I would also suggest hooking up with sportsmans warehouse when you get up here as they have a lot of good info on where to go to get the fish you want as well as what works best.I will be free every two weeks during the summer if you need any help just let me know Im always happy to help.
    There's a fine line between fishing....

    and standing on the shore like an idiot! ALLEN BRADLEY-TANGLE LAKES ADVOCATE/FANBOY

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    Where is the nearest sportsmans whare house at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzly14sure View Post
    Where is the nearest sportsmans whare house at?
    I would say fairbanks probably.Or just shoot me a pm and I will check for you if you cant make it.
    There's a fine line between fishing....

    and standing on the shore like an idiot! ALLEN BRADLEY-TANGLE LAKES ADVOCATE/FANBOY

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    there is a sportsmans warehouse in fairbanks as well as anchorage. If you are driving the alcan pack your poles with you (if your going mid spring - summer) as lots of nice areas to fish along the way (you can buy a non res 5 day license in canada for under 100.00 and make very good use out of it.). I fished (the last time I was driving up the alcan) at a lake just outside haines JCT in july and nailed a 8lb brown off the dock in a few minutes of fishing.

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    A new Sportman's Wharehouse just opend in Soldotna. June is ideal to fish King Salmon in the Kasilof river south of Soldotna.

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