All The Fish

Tips for Kid-Friendly Winter Fishing

get the most out of your winter

a mom ice fishing with son in Alaska
A mom ice fishing with her son on a lake near Anchorage, Alaska. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
girl fishing
A girl concentrates on bobber fishing through a hole in the ice. 📷 Katrina Liebich

Keeping kids entertained and happy on the ice

Keep them warm.

Man with a girl catching a fish
Big smiles catching fish just north of Anchorage, Alaska. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
Boy in an ice shack by a portable heater
Boy in a pop-up ice shack next to a portable propane heater. 📷 Katrina Liebich

Bring snacks.

Give them a job.

Girl scooping ice out of a hole
Girl scooping an ice hole as her younger brother looks on. 📷 Katrina Liebich

Catch fish.

Girl holding a fish
Girl with a stocked Chinook Salmon in an Anchorage Lake. 📷 Katrina Liebich
girl holding a fish
Girl holding a fish. 📷 Katrina Liebich
bucket full of ice fishing rods and a scooper.
Ice fishing rigs and scooper in a bucket on the ice. 📷 Katrina Liebich
Kids love looking at fish up close and handling them. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
ice fishing gear next to a hole with 2 fish
Stocked Chinook salmon from an Anchorage lake — iced and ready to take home to eat. 📷 Katrina Liebich
stocking truck delivering fish under the ice
Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff stocking Jewel Lake in Anchorage ahead of a kids ice fishing event. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich
kids ice fishing lake anchorage
Jewel Lake kids fishing event in Anchorage, Alaska during non-COVID times. 📷 Katrina Liebich
kids looking through their ice holes
Windows into the icy depths below. Kids enjoy seeing the fish swim around or watching their bait. 📷 USFWS/Katrina Liebich

Cooking your catch

Cleaned fish ready to cook or put away in the freezer for later. 📷 Katrina Liebich
There’s a salmon in there. If you really want to impress the kids throw the fillets of the fish they caught into mac ’n’ cheese. 📷 Katrina Liebich

Stories from Alaska by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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