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Hooligan scoopers enjoy the annual fishery and the sunshine along Turnagain Arm

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: May 18
  • Published May 18

Peter Afia empties his net while hooligan fishing near the 20 Mile River Bridge along the Seward Highway on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Afia said, "All you need is patience and a touch," as he scooped net after net teeming with hooligan, quickly filling a cooler. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Hundreds of people bounced dipnets along the bottom of the silty waters of Turnagain Arm along the Seward Highway east of Anchorage on Sunday as they scooped up hooligan -- officially eulachon -- in the sunshine.

Peter Afia, who goes by “Peter the Fisherman,” gave advice to people around him: “All you need is patience and a touch,” he said as he scooped net after net teeming with hooligan, quickly filling a cooler.

Most people said they like to fry the hooligan with flour and seasoning.

The fishing season for hooligan in Turnagain Arm ends June 15.

Fishermen line a shore along Turnagain Arm while dipnetting for hooligan on Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Bryan Lauth worked the silty waters of Turnagain Arm while hooligan fishing on Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hillary Lauth picks a hooligan out of the net for her brother while hooligan fishing on Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hooligan fishermen swing their dipnets while fishing along Turnagain Arm on Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hooligan fishermen dipnet near the railroad bridge on the 20 Mile River on Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
A dipnet teeming with hooligan is carried to shore to be emptied on Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Dipnetters line the silty bank of 20 Mile River while fishing for hooligan during an incoming tide in the Turnagain Arm on Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hooligan fishermen dash across the Seward Highway on Sunday, May 17, 2020. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 m.p.h. in the popular fishing areas in between Girdwood and Portage. (Bill Roth / ADN)
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