The Kids Fishing Derby in Ketchikan is held at City Park. (Tongass National Forest photo)

The Tongass National Forest and partners have organized annual youth fishing events throughout Southeast Alaska this summer.

The events are a way for children to learn how to fish or practice fishing skills, according to a U.S. Forest Service announcement.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No experience is needed to participate in these events.

In Ketchikan, the annual Kids Fishing Derby starts at 10 a.m. June 8 at City Park. Activities will include fishing, lure making and fish printing. In addition to the Forest Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association will be involved.

On Prince of Wales Island, the Craig and Thorne Bay ranger districts will have their 25th Annual Kids Fishing and “Jim Beard Memorial.” It starts at 9 a.m. June 15 at Gravelly Creek Picnic Grounds in the Thorne Bay Ranger District.

Activities will include fishing and safety events, booths and demonstrations, and a free barbecue and cotton candy at around noon. Door prizes and fishing derby awards will take place at 1:30.

Partners for the POW event include Fish and Game, the POW Tribal Enterprise Consortium, and the POW Health Network.

Other events are planned in Juneau, Hoonah, Petersburg, Sitka, Wrangell and Yakutat.