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Salmon managers liberalizing Lagoon fishing this weekend

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

    The king salmon run has hit in Homer’s Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. So many chinook are showing up that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is opening the lagoon up for snagging, starting on Friday at noon, for 60 hours, ending Sunday at midnight.

Area Management Biologist Mike Booz said liberalizing the fishery will give anglers a greater chance of harvesting the buildup of king salmon that are currently in the Lagoon."

All other regulations remain in effect, including the bag limit and possession limit of two king salmon of any size. Anglers are also reminded that king salmon 20 inches or longer that are harvested in the Lagoon are included in the Cook Inlet annual limit of five king salmon and must immediately be recorded in ink on the angler’s license or on a harvest record card.

The areas open to snagging includes 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-and-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 along the Spit is closed to all sport fishing by regulation.