Kids, get your lucky fishing hats and join the party. The annual Kids Fishing Day is set for Saturday, June 7, at Swan Lake here in Sitka.
The lake recently was stocked with wild rainbow trout (stocked on May 28), and with fish measuring from 6-12 inches long. These fish are mixing in with the normal cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden that normally live in Swan Lake.
Kids Fishing Day has prizes for kids ages 2-12, who can fish from shore or a boat. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with fishing starting at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded about 12:30-1 p.m. In recent years there usually have been about 100 young anglers participating, and as many as 50 boats have been counted out on the lake. There will be hot dogs and chips for the kids, as well as a booth where the kids can make fish prints.
No fishing license is needed for kids age 16-younger. Any kids age 16-younger fishing from a boat must wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Kids needing PFDs can borrow them from one of the Kids Don’t Float lockers at any of Sitka’s harbors.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has liberalized the fishing regulations for the Saturday of the fishing derby, which means kids can use bait, and catch up to two trout of any size (normally, only trout between 11-22 inches can be caught. Click this link for more info about the Kids Fishing Day relaxed regulations for Saturday.