ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Jewel Lake in Anchorage was flooded with thousands of kids above the ice and about 6,000 catchable king salmon below the ice. It’s part of the Department of Fish and Game’s Ice Fishing with the Kids event. Before they were able to reel in some fish, students had to learn the rules of the ice.
After a quick safety briefing, they grabbed a jig stick, bait and made their way to one of the lake’s 400 holes. In tagging along, we learned a few different techniques for catching a king. We saw kids kneeling, looking and circling the holes, but the main technique necessary was patience.
“You’ve just got to wait a long time, about 10 to 15 minutes or 20,” said Truman.
“I’m already at my limit of 5 in less than 5 minutes,” added 10-year-old Javen Jordet.
Organizers said it’s good for kids to get outside. The event also teaches them about ice safety, regulations and fishing techniques.