Tongass National Forest family fishing events

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

Ketchikan, Alaska – The Tongass National Forest, partners and local volunteers are sponsoring free, youth fishing events throughout Southeast Alaska this summer. 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. No experience is needed to participate in these events.

Juneau Ranger District Family Fishing Day

  • Location: Twin Lakes Park, Juneau
  • Time/Date: June 1, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Activities: fishing, rowboats, Sammy the Salmon and hot dogs
  • Key Partners: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Rotary Club
  • For more information, contact Marci Johnson at 907-789-6253

Hoonah Ranger District Annual Kids Fishing Derby

  • Location: Hoonah, AK at the Icy Strait Point Cookhouse/Beach
  • Time/Date: May 31, 11:00 3:00 p.m.
  • Activities: Fishing derby and free family lunch provided by Hoonah Trading Company
  • Prizes/Special Guests: Prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m. by age categories
  • Key Partners: City of Hoonah Parks and Recreation and Icy Strait Point
  • For more information, contact Marlene Duvall at 907-945-1206

Ketchikan/Misty Fiords Ranger District Kids Fishing Derby

  • Location: City Park, Ketchikan
  • Time/Date: June 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Activities: fishing, lure making, fish printing
  • Key Partners: Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association and Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • For more information, contact the KMRD at 907-225-2148

Petersburg Ranger District Kake Annual Fishing Derby

  • Location: Kake Community Gym
  • Time/Date: June 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fish turned in by 1 p.m.
  • Activities: fishing derby, lure making, macroinvertebrate identification, T-shirt fish prints, picnic lunch, and other related activities
  • Key Partners: City of Kake, Organized Village of Kake, Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), NSRRA, local organizations and businesses, and volunteers
  • For more information, contact Eric Johnson at 907-772-5969 in Petersburg

Prince of Wales Island Ranger Districts, Craig/Thorne Bay, 25th Annual Kids Fishing Day "Jim Beard Memorial" Event

  • Location: Gravelly Creek Picnic Ground, USFS Thorne Bay Ranger District
  • Time/Date: June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Activities: Featuring many fun and educational outdoor summer fishing and safety related activities, booths, and demonstrations. Free BBQ and Cotton Candy at noon
  • Prizes: Door prizes and fish derby awards at 1:30.
  • Key Partners: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Prince of Wales Tribal Enterprise Consortium, Prince of Wales Health Network
  • For more information, contact Mary Cook at 907-826-3271 or Neal Schoenfelder at 907-826-1638

Sitka Ranger District Kids Fishing Day

  • Location: Swan Lake, Sitka
  • Time/Date: June 8, fishing 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Prizes at 1 p.m.
  • Activities: Fishing, boating, recreation
  • Prizes/Special Guests: Many prizes donated from local businesses and Sammy the Salmon will make an appearance
  • Key Partners: Sitka Rotary Club and Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • For more information, contact Joe Serio at 907-747-6671

Wrangell Ranger District, Pats Lake Family Fishing Day

  • Location: Pats Lake, Wrangell
  • Time/Date: June 15, 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Activities: Special youth regulations for fishing, fish prints, lure making, games, free lunch.
  • Prizes/Special Guests: Door prizes drawn every half hour.
  • Key Partners: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Stikine Sportsmen Association, Wrangell Rod & Gun Club & Wrangell Cooperative Association
  • For more information, contact Corree Delabrue at 907-874-7550

Yakutat Ranger District Family Fishing Day

  • Location: Yakutat small boat harbor
  • Time/Date: June 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Activities: Fishing (rods provided), barbeque, casting contest, fish prints, and face painting
  • Key Partners: City and Borough of Yakutat, Student Conservation Association, National Park Service, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • For more information, contact Nate Catterson or Brady Skidmore at 907-784-3359

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

Kids enjoying fishing at city park in Ketchikan, Alaska. Creek and trees surrounding the area

The Tongass National Forest and partners are hosting eight fishing events.

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