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Juvenile-Only King Salmon Fisheries in the Lower Kenai Peninsula

Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon.  Image-Visit Homer/Facebook
Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. Image-Visit Homer/Facebook

(Homer) – There are two upcoming youth-only king salmon fisheries on the lower Kenai Peninsula for anglers 15 and younger. The first opportunity will be on Saturday June 3, 2023 at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon (NDFL) on Homer Spit. The second will be on Wednesday June 7 on the Ninilchik River. Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) staff will be on hand at the NDFL from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on June 3 with loaner equipment and to help young anglers fish for king salmon. ADF&G staff will also be present from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the youth-only fishery on the Ninilchik River on June 7. At the Ninilchik River, personnel will be located in the parking lot immediately south of the Ninilchik River Sterling Highway Bridge. Loaner fishing rods will be available to borrow and use on a first-come, first-served basis at both events.

At the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, youth-only fishing will take place all day June 3 from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm at the youth-only sport fishing area located across the street from the entrance to the lagoon. Anglers 16 and older are not allowed to fish in this area, but the rest of the lagoon will remain open to all anglers. All other sport fishing regulations remain in effect for the fishing lagoon and can be found on page 74 of the 2023 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet. Catch and possession limits are two king salmon of any size . Anglers must record the catch of king salmon 20 inches or larger on their sport fishing license, mobile app, or catch card. King salmon caught in this juvenile-only fishery are part of Cook Inlet’s annual limit of 5 king salmon.

On the Ninilchik River, the youth-only fishing will take place on June 7 from 6:00 am to 9:59 pm on the lower reaches of the river from the Sterling Highway Bridge to the mouth, including the port. Anglers 16 years of age or older are not allowed to fish during this opening, but may assist young anglers. The regulations for this fishery are found on page 72 of the 2023 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet. Bag and possession limits are two farm-raised king salmon of any size. Farm-raised king salmon are identified by the lack of an adipose fin. All wild king salmon must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water. Anglers must record the catch of king salmon 20 inches or larger on their sport fishing license, mobile app, or catch card. King salmon caught in this juvenile-only fishery are part of Cook Inlet’s annual king salmon limit.

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

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