Ice Fishing

Snowmachiners ride past a row of ice fishing huts on Chena Lakes on a chilly Friday afternoon, January 4, 2019.

Feeling the need to get outside after too much Thanksgiving fare? The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is hosting a family ice fishing event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Cushman Lake in the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area.

“Just drive to the small boat launch parking lot and you will be greeted by ADF&G staff,” a news release states. “Families or individuals who have never tried ice fishing before, or who lack the necessary equipment are encouraged to come out and give it a try.”

The event, which is free to the public, will be canceled if temperatures hit 10 below or lower. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

ADF&G staff will drill holes through the ice and will be present to offer guidance and fishing tips. There will be ice fishing rods with tackle available on a first come first served basis; bait will also be available while supplies last. Those who have their own fishing equipment and/or bait are encouraged to bring it along.

Fish and Game Sport Fish Information Officer Nancy Sisinyak said that the department typically holds one or two of these events each year — there will likely be another one in spring.

“There will be one main warm-up hut if people get cold. It’s not expected to be too terrible on Saturday so the holes will be out in the open,” she said, adding that people’s chances of catching a fish are “pretty good this time of year.”

“Cushman Lake has stocked rainbow trout in and it was just stocked again about 10 days ago,” Sisinyak said. “There should be a lot of fish in there, it’s just a matter of if they’re cooperative or not.”

A current Alaska sport fishing license is required for Alaska residents 18 years and older and for nonresidents 16 years and older. They can be purchased online at

For additional information contact Sisinyak at 907-459-7346 or by emailing

Contact staff writer Alistair Gardiner at 459-7575. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors.