The Chitina Subdistrict of the Copper River personal-use dip net salmon fishery will open from 12:01 a.m. Monday through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31, according to an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The fishery is open continuously by regulation from Sept. 1-30.
The Copper River personal-use fishery is managed under the direction of the Copper River Personal-Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan, which establishes the season from June 7 through Sept. 30 and directs the department to establish weekly periods based on Miles Lake sonar counts. From July 22–28, there were roughly 48,800 salmon counted past the Miles Lake sonar. The preseason projection for this period was a little over 31,300 salmon, which means there is a surplus of almost 17,500 salmon.
Based on Copper River sockeye salmon migratory timing and the previous five-year average harvest and participation rates, the department concluded that a sufficient number of salmon are available to justify opening the fishery continuously during the period of Aug. 5–31.
The department reminds permit-holders that, as per the Copper River management plan and the fishing regulations, the annual limit is 25 salmon for the head of household and 10 salmon for each dependent of the permit holder. Only one king salmon may be kept as part of the total household annual limit. Steelhead cannot be kept and must be returned to the water unharmed. A full list of regulations can be found on the Fish and Game website.
More information regarding the fishery and its regulations can be found at bit.ly/1tfQ9JM. For information on access across private lands, contact Chitina Native Corp. at 907-823-2223. The current fishing schedule will be announced on the Chitina fishery information line at 822-5224 (Glennallen), 459-7382 (Fairbanks) and 267-2511 (Anchorage). If you have any questions regarding the Chitina Subdistrict personal-use fishery, contact the Fish and Game office in Glennallen at 907-822-3309.