The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
(Homer) – Two Youth-Only Fisheries are scheduled in June for the Homer area for angler 15 years of age and younger. The first event will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit. Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) staff will be present at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon from noon to 3:00 p.m. to help young anglers gear up and fish for king salmon. Fishing rods will also be available for kids to check out and use. The youth-only fishing area will be marked; however, the remaining area of the lagoon will be open for fishing by anglers of all ages.
The second event will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:59 p.m. at the Ninilchik River. The youth-only fishing area is from the mouth of the Ninilchik River upstream to the ADF&G markers near the Sterling Highway Bridge. ADF&G staff will be present at the river section under the Sterling Highway Bridge from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to help young anglers gear up and fish for king salmon. Fishing rods will also be available for kids to check out and use. Youth anglers may only harvest one hatchery king salmon of any size and gear is limited to one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure.
Although youth angelrs do not need a sport fishing license or king salmon stamp, they do need a Harvest Record Card. Anglers are reminded that all other sport fishing regulations and emergency order restrictions remain in effect for these fisheries. Please be respectful of the Youth-Only Fishery Zones. For additional information on these Youth-Only Fisheries, please see page 74 for the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and page 72 for the Ninilchik River of the 2019 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.
For more information, please contact Fisheries Biologist Holly Smith or Assistant Area Management Biologist Mike Booz at (907) 235-8191.