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Fish on: Anchorage kids jig for salmon on icy Jewel Lake

  • Author: Marc Lester
  • Updated: February 6, 2019
  • Published February 5, 2019

Hundreds of Anchorage students tried their luck jigging below the ice on Jewel Lake on Tuesday. It was the first of several days of an ice fishing event for kids hosted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Fish and Game, which has put on the event for 20 years, stocked the lake with a total of 6,000 king salmon ahead of this week’s events. Rainbow trout and blackfish can also be caught in the lake.

Fish and Game biologist Brittany Blain-Roth said it was fun to see kids react to ice fishing by jumping up and down and yelling “fish on.”

“They’re pretty excited,” Blain-Roth said. “Some kids have never caught a fish before.”

Students will fish at Jewel Lake each day through Friday. On Saturday, members of the public — including all ages and experience levels — are invited to Fish and Game’s community fishing day at Jewel Lake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ice fishing holes will be pre-drilled and fishing equipment will be available to borrow. Alaska residents who are 18 and older are required to have a sport fishing license, which can be purchased at the event.

Walker Costello, right, of Eagle River Elementary School, pulls a fish from Jewel Lake. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Sarah Iyapana Harris, 7, of Trailside Elementary School, holds up a fish she caught. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Susitna Elementary School's Cotter Sheldon, 8, gets a close look into the water. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Eagle River Elementary School fourth-grader Rylan Kirby takes a relaxed posture while ice fishing. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Eagle River Elementary School kindergartner Breelyn Whitmore patiently waits for a fish to bite. (Marc Lester / ADN)