Salmon season here is brief, and the fish this far inland have turned spawning colors and have softer, less palatable flesh compared to coastal salmon. Most fishing is in the streams for Arctic grayling, northern pike, and burbot, and in stocked lakes for rainbow trout, Arctic char, and silver salmon. You can fish in the Chena as it flows through town, although getting out of town and hiking away from a road yields better results. Fly-in fishing will further increase your chances and add sheefish and Dolly Varden char to your list, but you can find better salmon fishing to go along with the freshwater fish in Anchorage or another coastal community. The Alaska Public Lands Information Center offers guidance, or contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, at Creamer's Field, 1300 College Rd., Fairbanks, AK 99701 (tel. 907/459-7207, sportfish information recording tel. 907/459-7385; www.alaska.gov/adfg).

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