Fishing Report: Twentymile River hooligan

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 9:40 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - If people are looking to catch a lot of fish in a short amount of time, dipnetting for hooligan is the way to go.

In Southcentral Alaska, anglers lined the Twentymile River on Sunday, dipnetting for the small fish on the rising tide.

“It’s exhilarating when you catch those fish,” fishing fanatic Nino Furneri said. “I knew the hooligan season was short so I wanted to make sure I got out there.”

This was Furneri’s first time hooligan fishing but said he plans on coming back after seeing how easy it was.

“I just nailed it, you know what it everybody down there is nailing it today,” Furneri said. “It’s fun no matter what.”

The Sauona family enjoyed their day trip to the Twentymile River as well leaving with a cooler full of fish by the end of the day. The simplicity and closeness to Anchorage make hooligan fishing a family-friendly outdoor activity.

The season for hooligan fishing is quick, starting on April 1 and ending on May 31 in salt waters, and ending June 15 for fresh waters. Those who plan on using a dipnet will have to be an Alaska resident, and must have a fishing license.

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