Who’s ready for Spring? I sure am, and to me spring means Hooligan. So here is the 2010 Hooligan thread. I dipnet 20 mile so any news about birds or whales or actual smelt sightings would be great. Anyone else who dipnets different areas who could say what is happening there would be appreciated to!!
I included the rest below to help out folks who are new to dipnetting those delicious smelt. I started this thread even though there was a seven page thread at the top of this forum. I wanted new thread on this year. (Sorry Mods if you think it should be on that thread) Good luck with your season, take what you need, and be a good neighbor!
Hooligan (smelt, eulachon) Personal Use Fisheries
- In salt waters, hooligan may be taken from April 1 through May 31.
- In fresh waters, hooligan may be taken from April 1 through June 15.
- There are no bag or possession limits; you may take as many hooligan as you will use.
- Hooligan may be taken by dipnet or by drift gillnet. If taken by dipnet, there are no additional gear requirements other than those listed under "Definition of Dipnet" on "Important Information," above. Dipnets may be used in any waters, fresh or salt.
- If taken by drift gillnet, the drift gillnet may be used only in the Kenai River, and only from April 1 through May 31 as follows:
- A drift gillnet may be used only in the Kenai River downstream of an ADF&G regulatory marker at Cunningham Park;
- A drift gillnet may not be more than 20 feet in length, four feet in depth, and one and one-half inches in mesh size; and
- A drift gillnet must be attended by the person operating the gillnet at all times that the net is fishing.
General run timing and peak harvest times
- No permit is required, just a resident Alaska sport fishing license (or ADF&G senior license or ADF&G Disabled Veteran's license).
- Federal research shows hooligan runs are highly erratic in terms of when they begin to return. Hooligan do not have a set date for entering the rivers. Typically, hooligan are in the Southcentral Alaska rivers by the second week of May.
- Printable Fact Sheet [Dipnetting 101]
- Sport Fish & Personal Use Emergency Orders
- Potential fishing strategies for the Upper Cook Inlet, 2006 (23 Kb PDF)
- Central Region Commercial Fishery Emergency Order openings
- Where to get your permit
- Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Fishery Harvest and Effort
- Printable Southcentral Alaska Personal Use regulations (Personal Use link off this page)
- Management Plans (This link is to the Table of Contents for the Alaska Administrative Code. Please note the number of the management plan you are interested in reading, and enter that as a search term.)
- Proxy Fishing
- In-season sonar estimates & weir counts
- Board of Fisheries
- Alaska Department of Public Safety, Division of Wildlife Troopers
- Boating safety and regulations
- Safely boating past the Kenai River king salmon sonar project