Harper Leck, 3, watches as her line and weight sink into the water at an Alaska Department of Fish and Game-stocked fish pond at the annual Sports and Rec Trade Show at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

A little skill, a lot of patience

Harper Leck, 3, watches as her line and weight sink into the water at an Alaska Department of Fish and Game-stocked fish pond at the annual Sports and Rec Trade Show at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Sunday in Soldotna. In addition to the boats, RVs and wide variety of booths from local businesses showing everything from guide businesses to pony rides, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association works with Fish and Game to host a fishing pond stocked with 700 catchable rainbow trout for kids at the annual show. The fishing event is free and educational material is available. Any of the fish not harvested are stocked into Sport Lake, according to Fish and Game’s annual stocking plan for Southcentral. The pond, situated just outside the main doors of the Sports Center, attracted kids of all ages despite the dripping rain Sunday, as well as a number of spectators to watch the young fishermen angle for the trout. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

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