(Released: August 01, 2017)

Division of Sport Fish
Tom Brookover, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Contact: Mike Booz, Assistant Area Management Biologist
(907) 235-8191

Youth-Only Fishing Day on the Homer Spit Saturday, August 5

(Homer) - A Youth-Only Sport Fishery will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer Spit. This is the last Youth-Only Fishery at the Fishing Lagoon for the 2017 season. 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 72 of the 2017 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.

During the Youth-Only Fishery, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) staff will be present at the Fishing Lagoon from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Staff will be available to help young anglers gear up and fish for coho salmon returning to the Fishing Lagoon. Fishing rods will be available for kids to check out and use at the Fishing Lagoon, on a first come basis during this timeframe. 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 ADF&G Rod Lender Program. Fishing rods can be checked out at the ADF&G Homer Office.

The Youth-Only Fisheries are open to anglers 15 years and younger and were established by the Alaska State Legislature and implemented by the Alaska Board of Fisheries to provide a special opportunity for young people to get out and go fishing. Youth anglers do not need a sport fishing license. While adults can assist youth anglers in landing a fish, sections dedicated to Youth-Only fishing are closed to anglers 16 years and up, including catch-and-release, during that time.

If you have any questions, please contact the ADF&G Homer Office at (907) 235-8191.