• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 40s

Elementary students catch kings in Jewel Lake

By Shannon Ballard 10:52 PM February 4, 2014

Kids get a hands-on lesson in ice safety and ethical angling

ANCHORAGE - There are 400 hundred ice-fishing holes on Jewel Lake, more than most people make at any one time.

But for those in charge of the Sport Fish Aquatic Education Program, it’s simply standard procedure.

All the holes were created to help nearly 2,000 elementary school students learn about ice safety and ethical angling.

“A lot of people that live here, you can tell they’ve spent their entire lives here, but they’ve never been fishing before,” said Jay Baumer with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “This is their first time catching a fish and just watching their face light up is awesome.”

Third grader Tyler Tucker’s face is anxious as he hopes to get a bite on his line.

“It would be the first fish I’ve ever caught,” Tucker said.

Although he is trying to be patient, others around him are having more success.

“It looks like it’s a baby king salmon,” said third grader Shelby Brandon while holding up her catch.

Jewel Lake has been stocked with more than 4,300 catchable king salmon and hundreds of rainbow trout.

When the fishing holes are clear, you can see them just like an aquarium.

The event offers hands-on learning about proper harvest and catch and release techniques.

Students are coming from schools across Anchorage to participate.

“Some classes are choosing to be ethical anglers and release those fish so other people can catch them,” Baumer said.  “Others are taking them home for dinner.”

Tyler’s time on the ice is winding down and he’s not having much luck.

“I’ve had a lot of fish swim over and I’ve tried just catch them by the belly,” he said.

Tyler is going back to school with out a fish this time, but with more experience and understanding of Alaska sportfishing.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game encourages the public to come out and use the pre-drilled fishing holes after the event ends this weekend. Fishers need to have a current permit.

Latest Stories

  • Crime

    Ekwok man pleads down in attempted murder case

    by Dave Bendinger / KDLG on Feb 13, 10:21

    Michael J. Kawaglia, 45, reached a deal with state prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second degree assault Wednesday. Kawaglia had originally been charged with a number of crimes, including attempted first degree murder, for a vicious assault against his mother in September 2014. The unprovoked attack happened early morning at the woman’s Ekwok home. According […]

  • Sports

    In Willow, return of Iditarod is more about pride than money

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 13, 9:40

    In less than one month, the area around Willow Lake will be jammed with more than 15,000 people for the Iditarod restart. It was announced Friday that the restart will take place at its traditional home in Willow, as opposed to Fairbanks, where the restart was relocated last year due to a lack of snow. […]

  • News

    Mat-Su man rebuilding after being conned by woman he met online

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 12, 22:36

    A Mat-Su Valley man is picking up the pieces after being conned by a woman he met on an online dating website. When Kenneth Wilson met Rebecca Elise on the dating site plentyoffish.com, it wasn’t necessarily love at first message. “I was a little bit stand-offish at first because obviously she wasn’t a resident of […]

  • News

    Illegal off-roading has hazardous consequences on Palmer Hay Flats

    by Heather Hintze on Feb 12, 22:06

    Don’t drive on the Palmer Hay Flats. That’s message from managers of the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge after not one, but two vehicles have gone through thin ice this winter. Off-roading on the refuge is illegal without a permit. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game only issues permits to vehicles like snow […]

  • News

    Family of Barrow man killed by police officer considers legal help

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 12, 21:21

    Family members are remembering volunteer fire chief Vincent Nageak III, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting early Wednesday morning. As they wait for further details about what lead to his death, they plan on hiring legal help to get the story straight. Nageak’s family spent Friday making funeral arrangements, sharing memories and collecting pictures. His […]

  • Politics

    Alaska governor, House speaker team up to knock ‘em down

    by Liz Raines on Feb 12, 21:08

    Alaska Governor Bill Walker and House speaker Rep. Mike Chenault may come from different political parties, but this session they’re playing on the same team, at least on Thursday nights. Walker is the first governor to join the legislative bowling league. It’s a non-partisan tradition that includes legislative staff and pages. But up until now, […]

  • News

    Chocolate-covered strawberries a Valentine’s Day hit in Nome

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 12, 20:05

    Most of Nome’s urban creature comforts come to town on a jet. Locals usually load up when they’re in Anchorage, which is common to Alaska bush life. “We travel with tubs,” said Trinh Johnson, who was just returning to Nome on a flight from Anchorage. “We don’t have luggage.” The impulse to stock up is […]

  • News

    Anchorage Fire Dept. responds to chimney fire at Midtown duplex

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 12, 19:24

    Last Updated: Fri., Feb. 12 at 8:30 p.m. Emergency crews were called to the scene of a structure fire at 545 W. 19th Ave. in the Midtown neighborhood shortly before 7 p.m. Friday. The fire apparently started in the chimney of a second floor fireplace, the homeowner told KTVA at the scene. He said most of […]