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Kids 2014 Ice Fishing Clinic Silver Lake
Kids holding up their trophy fish. Photo by Janelle Eklund, WISE
Kids & Family Ice Fishing Clinic at Silver Lake 2014

About 150 people converged on Silver Lake on the McCarthy road on Saturday, April 5th to partake in a Kids/Family Ice Fishing Day and got a full dose of Vitamin N (Nature). This popular annual event is sponsored by Bureau of Land Management Glennallen Field Office and the Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment (WISE) with help from partners, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the National Park Service.

BLM and WISE employees and volunteers were on hand to teach kid’s ice fishing techniques, lure and bait selection and presentation, knot tying, and ice safety. The bite was hot and fish were caught in almost all of the 120 holes drilled through 3 feet of ice. An underwater video camera also added to the excitement and kidsobserved how rainbow trout responded to their lure and bait.

—Tim Sundlov
Glennallen Field Office Fisheries Biologist


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Mom says: “These are not your father's Popsicle-stick trout; it takes four hands to hold the fish we catch!” Photo by Tim Sundlov, BLM

"If a child is to keep alive his/her inborn sense of wonder; he/she needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with her/him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson Photo by Tim Sundlov, BLM

girl holding her fishlitte boy with fish on!

Fish always create big smiles. Our goal was to excite a life-long interest in fishing and create a lifetime of memories in the outdoors. Photo by Tim Sundlov, BLM

A future fisheries biologist! It was great to see fishing values and future natural resource interests being formed in the kids who participated alongside their parents, other kids/siblings, or adult friend who served as a role model. Recruitment of next generation of fisheries biologists and children connecting with nature begins in the community and at home. Photo by Tim Sundlov, BLM

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