The Homer fishing lagoon or “The Fishing Hole” is located on the Homer Spit, a peninsula projecting 4 miles (6.5 km) into Kachemak Bay from the community of Homer, Alaska. In 2005, the man-made lagoon was named for Nick Dudiak, a fisheries biologist who wanted to create a fishing opportunity accessible to anglers of all ages and abilities while bringing a financial boost to the community.
The fishing lagoon began as a dredged basin near the harbor for cargo barges. In 1984, the Alaska Division of Sport Fish began stocking king salmon smolt in the unused lagoon in an effort to establish an easily accessible recreational fishery. Chinook and coho salmon smolt are released in the lagoon every year by the State of Alaska and they leave to mature in open water. Returning adult fish gather in the lagoon searching for a non-existent spawning stream or what is called a “terminal fishery”. A coho salmon smolt-stocking program was added in the late 1980s to further enhance sport fishing opportunities. Stocking of both king and coho salmon has continued on an annual basis. The project gained national recognition in 1990 as the “Best Sport Fish Enhancement Project in the Nation”.
Due to the success of stocking efforts and the popularity of the site, the City of Homer enlarged the lagoon in 1994. In 1999, construction of paved handicapped parking and a series of ramps and landings inside the fishing lagoon allows anglers with a mobility impairment the opportunity to participate in an award-winning recreational fishery. The outer banks of the fishing lagoon were also hardened to reduce maintenance costs to the City of Homer and to help preserve the integrity of the site from damage by waves and winter storms. Read more here and here. Explore more of the Homer Fishing Lagoon here: