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    Default Dipping Hooligan and Herring

    What are the regulations on using a net to take Hooligan and Herring? In Hawaii everything including gillnets was wide open, but obviously not so here. Would this fall under personal use, sportfishing or subsistance?

    I would like to use a hand held net or throw net type of setup, but cannot find the pertinent regulations etc...

    Does anyone dipnet Hooligan and know the regs?

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    Well I found the regs for SouthCentral, but that does not help me. I'll have to email F&G and see what they say about it down here.

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    Default Hooligan

    Hooligan dipping falls under personal use for the Cook Inlet Region. Not sure about Herring. If you need any more info let me know.

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    Herring I think is a sport fishery, in other parts of the state its a subsistence fishery which is probably under commercial division management (I think). In some areas you can use gillnets for hooligan (Kenai river maybe) it falls under personal use, and theres a ton of them in 20mile, kenai, and susitna river drainages.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Default Check Regulations

    You neeed to check carefully the "area" regulations that you are going to fish. In Prince William Sound, legal gear is a rod with up to 15 hooks. In the South East, those guys can use a throw net. It all depends on the area regulations.
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    Last I checked Hooligan aren't regulated. you can net as many as you want with what ever you want. I like to catch them at willow. If they are running you can catch several hundred pounds in just a few minutes.

    I don't know about the herring.

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    Under personal use regualtions (AK residents only) for Cook Inlet there are no bag or possession limits for hooligan or herring and the season is April 1 through May 31. For hooligan fishing in salt water, only dip nets can be used. In freshwater, gillnets can only be used in teh Kenai River downstream of a marker at Cunningham Park. Herring can be taken with gillnet or dipnet, except gillnets may not be used in Turnagain Arm east of a line from Point Possession to Point Campbell. No gillnet may exceed 20 feet in lengthand two inches in mesh size.

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    Is it legal to dip net hooligan in fresh water??? I've seen some folks on the Kenai doing that.

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    Default anyone know when the hooligan are running

    I will be on the kenai may 19th and was hoping they would be running strong ,so I could put a few pounds in the cooler for smoking and canning

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    Quote Originally Posted by gusdog44 View Post
    Is it legal to dip net hooligan in fresh water??? I've seen some folks on the Kenai doing that.
    yes untill june 15 May 31 is the last day for saltwater
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Default Hooligan run

    Can someone let me know when to go for hooligan,my wife won't leave me alone until I take her,thanks.

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    Mid May is a good time, just take a drive down to 20 mile when the tide is coming in. If there is a LOOOONG line of folks with dipnets, it is time.

    Anyone want to share some hooligan recipies? I mainly just pan fry them till crispy. I would like to branch out though.

    Also, where/when is a good place/time to target herring?
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    2 weeks from now 3 hours before high tide just north of the 20 mile river for hooligan
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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