(Released: January 30, 2019 - Expired: February 09, 2019)

Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Kali Hulquist, Southcentral Information Officer
(907) 267-2219

Get Out and Fish! – wefishak Community Fishing Day at Jewel Lake on February 9

(Anchorage) – Anglers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jewel Lake on Saturday, February 9, 2019, for a wefishak Community Fishing Day.

Anglers may bring their own fishing gear if they have it, or may borrow equipment from ADF&G. Several hundred ice holes will be pre-drilled for the event, so bring your friends, family, and some warm clothing and join us for a day of fishing.

“This will be a great opportunity for families and friends to get outside and go ice fishing,” stated Division of Sport Fish Program Coordinator Ryan Ragan. “We encourage anglers of all skill levels to participate. We will have stocked roughly 6,000 catchable king salmon in Jewel Lake days prior to this event and currently the ice is measuring 18 inches thick.”

The wefishak Community Fishing Day falls on the heels of a week of ice fishing hosted by ADF&G that invites school age kids from both public and private schools to get out of the classroom and experience ice fishing. Over 2,500 local area students will have gone ice fishing at Jewel Lake prior to this event.

While the wefishak Community Fishing Day is free to the public, resident anglers who are 18 years of age or older and non-resident anglers who are 16 years of age or older will need a valid sport fishing license to fish. Anglers will be able to purchase a fishing license at the event. However, licenses can be purchased prior to the event through the ADF&G online store.

The event will not take place if the temperature is -10 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

For additional information, please contact the Sport Fish Information Center at 907-267-2218.