If you love to fish and you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, try fishing at the North Pole.
Although few people live as far north as the arctic circle, the fish are plentiful. Accommodations for your North Pole fishing expedition can range from a modern hotel room to a "bare bones" cabin. Although the temperature runs from cold to colder at the Arctic Circle, if you visit in June or July, you will be rewarded with 24 hours of sunlight so you can fish as much as possible
Although many people think of the "North Pole" as the northernmost point on the planet, the actual town of North Pole, Alaska, is located about 125 miles south of the arctic circle. Anglers in the immediate North Pole area can fish at the Chena Lakes Recreation Area, but to fish even closer to the arctic circle, try Gates of the Arctic National Park. If a small, culturally significant fishing camp is more your style, fish at LaVonne's Fish Camp. Located in Inupiat Eskimo country only 30 miles from the arctic circle, the camp offers a chance to fish the way the natives have fished for centuries.
The artic grayling, a favorite of anglers, is one of the most abundant fish species found near the North Pole. Arctic char, lake trout, rainbow trout and salmon along with northern pike, whitefish, burbot and sheefish are also commonly found in the lakes around the arctic circle. Although some fish, such as northern pike, are popular with ice fishermen around Alaska's lakes, most anglers fish in running river water or the ocean. Salmon is sometimes used as bait for larger fish; however, Alaska officially encourages fishermen to use the catch-and-release system.
The closer you get to the actual arctic circle, the more difficult the travel; you get to the area only by plane or vehicle. Fishing expeditions that plan to fish farther north often have to get in and out by plane, boat, dogsled or snowmobile, depending on the time of year. Lavonne's Fish Camp, for example, can be reached only by plane as no roads go to the area. Alaska Airlines and Era Aviation provide service to Kotzebue where Lavonne's is located as well as to other remote locations. Many other small aircraft operations offer transportation throughout Alaska.
If you plan to fish at the North Pole or the Arctic Circle, check the laws and regulations where you plan to fish. The cold, long winters make for slow growth for the fish in the area; as a result, catch-and-release fishing may be encouraged or required. You will most likely need a fishing license, which you can obtain through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (adfg.alaska.gov). Familiarize yourself with how to handle other wildlife, such as bears, in the event that you encounter them while fishing.