Fishing Hole opens for snagging, purse seine fishing to open for select areas

The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon will be open to anglers for snagging starting on Saturday.

The Alaska Department of Fish and game is opening the lagoon, commonly referred to as the Fishing Hole, and adjacent waters to snagging starting at noon on Saturday, according to a release from the Division of Sport Fish. The open waters go northwest from the Homer City Dock along the east side of the Homer Spit to the Fish and Game marker about 300 feet from shore.

Snagging is not allowed inside the Homer Boat Harbor. The order is in effect through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31.

“These waters are opened to snagging to provide anglers an opportunity to harvest the remainder of hatchery-reared coho salmon,” stated Area Management Biologist Carol Kerkvliet in the release.

For additional information, contact Kerkvliet at (907) 235-8191.

Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries also announced that some waters in the Port Graham Subdistrict and the Tutka Bay Hatchery Special Harvest Area will be open to purse seine fishing for 16 hours on Friday, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The waters of the Port Graham Hatchery Special Harvest Area remain closed to common property purse seining.

In the Tutka Bay Hatchery waters, fishing will be allowed “up to the fresh water of anadromous streams.” A section of water inland from the hatchery is excluded from the order and remains closed, according to the release.