PUBLISHED: 4:53 PM on Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Kids are king at Family Day
Youngsters and fishing take center stage at Juneau's Twin Lakes Saturday for Family Day at the Lake.

The family-fun-and-fishing event will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9 and is free and open to all Juneau families and visitors.

Family Day at the Lake is the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club's signature project and is held each year on the second Saturday of June.E The Club partners with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to host the event to provide a fun- and fish-filled day for families.E Other organizations involved include the U.S. Forest Service, Territorial Sportsman, Trout Unlimited, the City and Borough of Juneau and the Moose Lodge.

More than 10,000 small King Salmon are stocked in the lakes for the event. The small kings are eager to strike bait or lures and are great table fare as well as being ideal fishing quarry for young anglers.

Families are welcome to bring their own fishing tackle, but fishing gear and bait are provided free. There will also be volunteers to help the young anglers, including providing boats to carry some anglers away from the shoreline if they like.

Besides fishing, there will be food and games provided by the Rotary, including hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and cotton candy. In the spirit of making it a great and inexpensive family event, combo meals including a hot dog, chips and drink will be just $1.

The Rotary also operates a Fishing Game where children can "fish" for prizes.E

This will be the first public event at Project Playground, although that new facility will not officially be open to the public until later in the month.