Spit lagoon opens to snagging

Snagging will be allowed beginning Wednesday at noon

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 16 at noon, the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and adjacent waters, excluding the Homer Boat Harbor, will be open to snagging. This move, described as “liberalizing existing sport fishing regulations” in an advisory announcement released Monday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, will be in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31.

According to the release, the areas open to snagging include the lagoon and the waters from the Homer city dock near the entrance to the Homer Boat Harbor, northwest along the east side of the Homer Spit to an ADF&G marker located approximately 200 yards northwest of the entrance to the lagoon, and 300 feet from the shore.

The waters open to snagging do not include the Homer Boat Harbor. The Homer Barge Basin approximately 0.5 miles northwest of the Lagoon is closed to all sport fishing by regulation.

“This will give anglers a greater chance of harvesting the buildup of coho salmon that are currently in the lagoon,” ADF&G area management biologist Mike Booz stated in the release.

All other sport fishing regulations remain in effect, including the bag limit and possession limit of six coho salmon of any size.

For additional information, please contact Area Management Biologist Mike Booz or Assistant Area Management Biologist Holly Dickson at 907-235-8191.