A boy shows off his catch at Jewel Lake

ANCHORAGE — “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” It’s a well-known proverb, and you could say it’s also the motto behind what’s happening this week on Jewel Lake.

Over the next few days, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) will teach nearly 2,000 Anchorage students about ice safety and ethical angling.

Two girls eye their shared fishing hole, waiting for something to bite

“We want them to go out in the future and be able to do this on their own,” ADFG program coordinator Ryan Ragan said.

The young anglers are learning about catch and release practices, bag limits and how to use gear.

Fourth-grader Hope Jackson tried to be patient while waiting for a bite.

“You just sit there and nothing happens,” Hope said. “A fish will come eventually.”

On Tuesday morning, ADFG stocked the lake with about 1,300 king salmon, and will do so again on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the department.

Most students had no problem landing a fish, including Hope, who not only took home the biggest chinook of the day but also a better understanding of Alaska sport fishing.

Hope Jackson with her chinook salmon

ADFG encourages the public to come out and use the pre-drilled holes after the event ends this weekend. All anglers need to have a current permit.

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