Anchorage, AK --

Monday was the start of Jewel Lake Ice Fishing With The Kids, where children of all ages get a taste of sport fishing in the winter. 

Before diving in, the kids got a quick lesson from Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff, and then it was off the holes! 

Parents celebrated first catches, helped the little ones with their lines, and taught them the ins and outs of ice fishing.

By the end of the week, more than 2000 kids will make their way to the lake -leading up to Saturday's main event, The 32nd annual Jewel Lake Jamboree! At the event the entire community can ice fish free of charge. ADF&G will also be providing rods and bait! The jamboree is hosted by The Bait Shack in partnership with ADF&G and is sponsored by the Alaska Sport Fishing Association.

Resident anglers who are 18 years of age and up, along with non-resident anglers over 15 will need a valid sport fishing license to fish. You will be able to purchase a fishing license at the event. However, licenses can be purchased beforehand through the ADF&G online store.

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The 32nd annual Jewel Lake Jamboree is this Saturday! Where the community gets to come out and ice fish for a free! all-ages ice fishing event hosted by The Bait Shack in partnership with Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game and sponsored by the Alaska Sport Fishing Association.

Resident anglers age 18 and over, and non-resident anglers age 16 and over are required to have a current 2020 State of Alaska Sport Fishing License. Fishing Licenses will be available for purchase at the event.

Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game will provide limited sets of ice fishing gear for anglers to use for free. The week prior, the lake is stocked with coho salmon and ice holes are drilled for kids' fishing week. ADF&G staff will also be on site to offer assistance to community members.