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October / November 2013

Special Ice Fishing Issue

Departments  

Alaska Traveler    6

Editor’s Creel    8

Gear Bag  10

Fish Alaska Online  12

Fishing for a Compliment  14

Tackle Tech  18

Salmon Sense  20

EZ Limits: A Guide’s Angle  22

Fish Alaska Fly  24

Fish Alaska Boats  26

Fish Alaska Saltwater 28

Fish Alaska Stillwater 30

Flying Alaska  32

Fish Alaska Recipe  70

Advertiser Index  72

Final Drift  74

Anglers’ Gift Guide  34 

Ideas for making your anglers smile this holiday season.

Features

Ice Fishing the Frozen Far North

by Paul D. Atkins 

Ice fishing for sheefish? Why not? Get out on the frozen water of Alaska’s Far North this spring and encounter one of the Arctic’s signature gamefish. Here’s how.

An Element with an Edge: Turning Toward Tungsten

by Jason Durham 

Still fishing old-school lead jigs? Here veteran guide and ice angler Jason Durham explains why you should consider making the switch to tungsten this winter, improving your efficiency—and your catch rates. 

Productive Winter Pike Strategies

by Tom Gruenwald 

Learn when, where and how to track down Alaska’s toothiest freshwater fish, as master ice angler Tom Gruenwald explains some of the best applications for today’s hardwater pike fishermen.

A Wish to Fish

by Butch and Jehnifer Ehmann 

For this young angler, ice fishing in Alaska represented a lifelong dream, and with the help of our authors, that dream became a fish-filled reality. Some compliant burbot, lake trout and a fortuitous Aurora display helped, too. 

Fishing the Big Three

by Dennis Musgraves 

Just a short trip down the Richardson Highway from Fairbanks sit a trio of hot ice-fishing destinations: Harding, Birch and Quartz lakes. Alaskan angler Dennis Musgraves details when, and how, to approach each.