Tongass National Forest youth fishing events

Release Date: May 22, 2014   Ketchikan, Alaska

Contact(s): Ron Medel

KETCHIKAN, Alaska–The Tongass National Forest, partner agencies, groups, businesses, and local volunteers are sponsoring youth fishing events throughout Southeast Alaska. No experience is needed to participate in these events. It is a great way for children to learn how to fish or practice their fishing skills. Event planners will provide a wealth of experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all persons should bring proper footwear and clothing.

The Thorne Bay and Craig Ranger District’s 22nd Annual Kids Fishing Day Event is returning to Eagles Nest Campground (south of Control Lake) at Thorne Bay Ranger District on Saturday June 7 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be celebrating National Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day, and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Power down, and unplug at home and head out with your curiosity to see what the USFS has in store. We encourage youth, elders, specialists and educators to go for an informative walk through the booths, activities, and demonstrations to the free BBQ and cotton candy tent. Turn in your rubber duck after visiting all the sites to earn lunch and prizes thanks to continued support from island wide “spawnsors”. Activities include the new aquatic ecology watershed stream simulation table, angler ethics, river safety, casting contest, fish printing (bring a T-shirt), fly tying and knot tying, fish ID/dissection, fish processing, boating safety, invasive species, Leave No Trace Recreation, fly fishing demonstrations, and casting instructions for all ages. Partners this year include the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Prince of Wales Health Care Network, the Craig Library, the LAPC Emergency Preparedness, Prince Of Whales Watershed Association, Stream Team, Prince of Wales Tribal Enterprise Consortium, Mariculture, Kids Don’t Float, Civil Air Patrol, Southeast Island School District, Thorne Bay School Greenhouse Class and Prince of Wales Hatchery. All youth must register to participate. For more information, contact Brandy Prefontaine at 907-828-3217 or

The Juneau Ranger District’s annual Family Fishing Day is located at Twin Lakes in Juneau, Alaska, on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Partners are the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Juneau Rotary Club, and Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc. (DIPAC). King salmon will be stocked by DIPAC. Activities include fishing, boating, and fish printing. All ages are invited. For more information, contact Barbara Adams at 907-789-6252.

The Hoonah Ranger District’s 25rd Annual Hoonah Kids Fishing Derby is at Icy Strait Point on June 21 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The district, the City of Hoonah, and other partners host numerous outdoor educational activities for children and families. The week of events starts off with a fun run/walk starting at Kéidladee City Park at 2 p.m. on June 14. T-shirts fish printing is at Kéidladee City Park at 1 p.m. on June 19 (bring a t-shirt). A casting competition at Kéidladee City Park is at 5 p.m. on June 20. A community BBQ takes place during the Derby. Derby prizes will be awarded at 2:30 (must be present to win). Contact Thor Eide at 907-945-1225 for more information or to volunteer to help.

TheKetchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District’s annual Kids Fishing Derby is located at City Park (Park Avenue and Fair Street) on June 28, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Check in/registration is at 9 a.m. (pre-register at the Recreation Center, FS District office [3031 Tongass Ave], or Ketchikan Public Library). Partners are Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery, and Ketchikan Parks and Recreation. The hatchery will stock 2,000 juvenile king salmon. Ages three to 15 may start fishing at 9:30. Half of a pond will be sectioned off for age groups under six years. Activities include fishing, lure making, casting challenge, angler ethics, fish printing (please bring your own washed T-shirt) and prize drawings for registered children. Bring your fishing pole with size 8–10 single hook (no lures). For more information, call 907-225-2148.

The Peterburg Ranger District’s Kake Kids Fishing Derby is located at Kake City Dock on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Partners are the Gunnuk Creek Hatchery, the Organized Village of Kake, and the City of Kake. Activities include a half day fishing derby (salt and freshwater), casting contest, fish print T-shirts, and BBQ. Children 16-years old and under are invited. For more information, contact Eric Johnson at 907-772-5969.

The Sitka Ranger District’s annual Kids Fishing Day is located at Swan Lake in Sitka, Alaska on June 7 starting at 9 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Partners are the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and the Sitka Rotary Club. Local businesses donate prizes for a variety of categories. Approximately 300 rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and Dolly Varden will be stocked on May 21, 2014. Activities include fishing, fish painting, and games. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and other snacks will be sold by the Sitka Rotary Club throughout the event. Ages 2-12 are allowed to participate. For more information, contact Benjamin Mann at 907-747-4322.

The Wrangell Ranger District has two kid’s fishing weekends with special youth fishing regulations at Pats Lake on  June 21-22 and June 28-29, 2014. Boy Scout Troop 40, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), the Stikine Sportsmen, and Wrangell Ranger District provide many family events the weekend of June 21-22 from lure making to fish print t-shirts. For more info contact Corree Seward Delabrue at 907-874-7550. The Yakutat Ranger Districts Kids Fishing Day is located at the Yakutat Small Boat Harbor on June 28 starting at 11 a.m. Partners are the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), City and Borough of Yakutat, National Park Service, and various business. Activities include fishing, food, fly tying, casting competition, and fish print T-shirts. All ages are invited. For more information, contact Nathaniel Catterson, 907-784-3359x14.

For more information, contact Fisheries Program Manager Ron Medel. Ron may be reached by phone at 907-228-6275 or e-mail at