A portion of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon will open for fishing only to anglers age 15 and younger on Saturday, August 6, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The youth-only sport fishing area will be posted. The remainder of the Fishing Lagoon will be open for fishing to anglers of all ages. All other sport fishing regulations remain in effect for the Fishing Lagoon and are found on page 20 of the 2016 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff will be present at the Fishing Lagoon from 3:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. Staff will be available to help young anglers gear up and fish for coho salmon returning to the lagoon. Fishing rods will be available for kids to check out and use at the lagoon. Other activities will include tying egg loops and fishing knots, and learning the best way for releasing fish.
Free loaner spinning rods are also available to all anglers for up to a week through the Homer Fishing Rod Lender Program. Fishing rods can be checked out at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center or the Homer ADF&G Office.
Youth fisheries were established by the Alaska State Legislature and implemented by the Alaska Board of Fisheries to provide special opportunity for young people to catch fish. This will be the last Youth Fishing Day at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in 2016.