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Fishing Report

Alaska’s highways offer plenty for adventurous anglers willing to hike upstream in pursuit of rainbow trout. 

Matt Tunseth
When the clouds eventually part, a fishing paradise emerges in Alaska's scenic Prince William Sound.Matt Tunseth
Despite sour notes, remote Symphony Lake near Eagle River produces a smash hit with a bevy of hungry grayling in a gorgeous mountain setting.Matt Tunseth

Sixteen-year-old Jackson Hobbs, from Franklin, Idaho, stunned the field in the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby when he brought a 335-pound fish to be weighed at derby headquarters in the last half hour of the fishing day Tuesday, August 19, 2014. 

Matt Tunseth
A bad day fishing in Alaska beats a good day playing video games, especially when anglers can haul in silver salmon. They're running from Homer to the Mat-Su. Matt Tunseth
Silvers are prized for their feisty nature and willingness to hit a lure, making them an easy target in Resurrection Bay, which supports both wild and hatchery stocks of coho. Their abundance and aggressiveness makes them fun for the whole family.Matt Tunseth

Anglers try their luck while salmon fishing for silvers, chum, and pink salmon at Bird Creek south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Bill Roth
This summer marks the first time that Bird, Ship and Campbell creek anglers of Southcentral Alaska will land silver salmon raised inside the $98 million William Jack Hernandez Hatchery, a 141,000 square-foot facility in Anchorage that opened in June of 2011. Some 110,000 coho smolts were released into Bird Creek last July. Kevin Klott
Ugly but tasty fish looks like something out of a Jules Verne novel, and in Alaska they can get big. The state record is an 81-pound lingcod caught a dozen years ago. Kevin Klott
Some Alaska sportfishers and dipnetters believe clubbing is the most ethical way to control flopping salmon and quickly get them out of the dipnet. But others contend it harms the quality of the fish flesh. Kevin Klott

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