Families get on the water for Fishing Day

Dozens of families made their way to Twin Lakes on Saturday, June 2, for Family Fishing Day.

Coordinated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Forest Service, Juneau Rotary clubs and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary all come together to put on different parts of the event.

ADF&G Sport Fish Division provides all the rods, reels, bait and gear, according to Assistant Area Managing Biologist Dan Teske.

He said approximately 10,000 king salmon were released into Twin Lakes in anticipation of the annual event.

“It’s a great way to get people out,” Teske said.

Megan Keeler brought her 2-year-old son, Silas, to the event.

“Silas has never been fishing, and I asked him if he wanted to go fishing and literally for the last week, every single morning he’s said ‘are we going fishing today,’ ” Keeler said.

Matthew Thompson, who works with the Forest Service, spent the morning helping people use the rowboats.

“We have a bunch of rowboats available so the kids can go out and try to catch the king that have been stocked,” Thompson said. “It gives them a chance to get out on the lake and do a little fishing and get the life vests and get safety on their mind.”

Rick Saulnier’s daughter Cloe found success at the event. Cloe caught three fish in her first half hour on the dock.

“I love fishing,” she said.

Saulnier said she learned to fish a couple years ago.

“It’s family fishing day and we like fishing and she loves eating it. We look forward to spending time together,” Saulnier said.

Vince Cheng brought his sons Gabe, 7, and Sam, 6, both avid fisherman, said their dad. The boys reeled in several fish, including one that became a team effort when their lines got tangled.

A number of families gathered on the dock, where parents and grandparents were guiding children’s fishing efforts. Each successful attempt was signaled by the excited kids shrieking and laughing.

Cheyenne Herline, 5, jumped up and down on the dock as she held her first fish of the day.

“That was so cool. I caught one,” Cheyenne said. Grandmother Angela Binckley said it was Cheyenne’s first fishing experience.

She released the fish then cast her reel again, determined to catch a bigger one.

Cheyenne Herline, 5, shows off her first fish.
Silas Keeler goes fishing for the first time.
Matthew Thompson helps families with boats
Fishing boats dot the lake
A family fishes from a boat on the lake.
A child gets a life jacket fitted.
Cloe Saulnier, 7 catches her second fish of the day.
Gabe Cheng, 7, holds his third fish of the morning.
Cheyenne Herline catches her first fish.

Cheyenne Herline, 5, shows off her first fish. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Silas Keeler, 2, and Reid Jackowick, 23, cast lines into Twin Lakes as part of the Family Fishing Day. Silas' mother Megan said that Silas had been excited all week for the event. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Matthew Thompson with the Forest Service spent the day matching families with boats.

A number of families that attended the event, took advantage of the offered boats to do their fishing out in the middle of the lake. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

A family fishes from a boat on the lake. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Azriel Duncan, 4, gets a life jacket put on before she sets out to go fishing. The Coast Guard auxiliary was on hand to fit kids into life jackets as part of the "Kids don't float program." (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Cloe Saulnier, 7 catches her second fish of the day. Cloe's father, Rick, helped her pull the hook out. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Gabe Cheng, 7, holds his third fish of the morning. Gabe and his brother Sam, 6, are avid fisherman says their dad, Vince Cheng. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Cheyenne Herline, 5, catches her first fish. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

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