Rotary Club, Fish and Game host another Day at the Lake

Saturday event coincides with National Get Outdoors Day, National Fishing and Boating Week and Great Outdoors Month

Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2009

On Saturday, the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club and Alaska Department of Fish and Game will host their annual Family Fishing Day at the Lake at Twin Lakes.

"It's an event where a lot of people within the community come together and provide a fun filled day for the youngsters to kind of go out and do a little fishing at the Twin Lakes," said Rotary community service director and former president, Ron King.

The day will include fishing, games and food for the whole family.

Fishing will start at 10 a.m. in Twin Lakes, which DIPAC will restock with fish at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Before the event, the hatchery stocks the lake with around 10,000 30-month-old king salmon.

Bait, rods and life jackets will be provided. With help from the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Game representatives will instruct on fishing and proper techniques.

Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club will sell hotdogs, soda and chips to raise money for Rotary and community projects. And Rotoract, the young adult Rotary group, will host games for kids who can't fish. Games start at 11 a.m. and food sales at 11:30 a.m.

Fish and Game started the annual Day at the Lake in 1989, and Rotary joined in 1991. Anne Post, of the Sport Fish division of Fish and Game, said, "Our focus is fishing and getting kids and families outdoors."

She said it is a big event for both the organizers and the attendees.

"I would say at least 2,500 to 5,000 (attend) depending on weather. It can draw a lot of people if the weather's nice," King said.

"Some parents have told me in the past that this is the first fish their kids have caught," Post added, "and they'll remember it for the rest of their lives."

The event coincides with National Get Outdoors Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6 to 14, and the Obama administration's Great Outdoors Month. The event will be a part of celebrations nationwide.

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