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Posted by alaskanfishguides on Nov 20 2005
Most winters there are plenty of lakes that you can drive on for ice fishing. However, it seems that often a person overestimates the thickness and creates an artifical reef for the fish. It takes a bit of patience.
You mentioned "Kenai Lakes Wilderness Area". I don't know what that is. There is a Kenai National Wildlife Refuge which bans motorized access (except for snowmobile on some areas) on almost all lakes. Then there is Kenai Lake, which is truly a river (headwaters of Kenai River) so I would recommend to stay away with your beloved vehicle (again, I've seen snowmobile traffic but no cars (except for the mouth of the Kenai! I will often see a vehicle parked withing casting distance to open water??????? Don't be the first one out...let others test the ice.)).
Late in the winter (very late) Skilak Lake and Hidden Lake will often freeze with enough ice to drive, be careful! We have been in a mild winter cycle, so I don't know about the ice on these larger lakes. 2 years ago, however, I know of a U-Haul driving across Skilak (fell through right at the water's edge, did not submerge).
Nevertheless, the ice fishing is good. Many lakes are stocked with trout and land locked salmon and produce a good number of fish through the ice.
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