Annual Kid's Ice Fishing Day
Silver Lake, Alaska - Approximately Mile 15, McCarthy Road
Kid's Ice Fishing Day is held each year in April along the McCarthy Road at Silver Lake, Alaska. Adults are on-hand to teach kids the art of ice fishing. An underwater camera allows kids to observe fish behavior below the ice. Hot soup and beverages are provided. For rides or more information contact the Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment at 822-3575.
Each year, nearly 100 people of all ages turn out for the BLM and Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment's "Kid's Ice Fishing Clinic" held at Silver Lake in late March or early April. The combination of bright smiles and enthusiasm make the perfect day for baiting hooks, hunkering down over ice holes, and catching nice, big rainbow trout! BLM Fisheries Biologist, Tim Sundlov and Natural Resource Specialist, Laurie Thorpe, set up a tent with an underwater video camera and monitor that allow youth to observe fish behavior below the ice. When it comes time to leave, organizers are often rewarded with cries of, "Ahh, we want to fish more!" Smiling kids that have connected with nature are the end result!