In accordance with the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan (5 AAC 77.591) the preliminary 2019 schedule for the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net salmon fishery is listed in the table below. The schedule is based on projected daily sonar counts at the Miles Lake sonar and is designed to distribute the harvest throughout the run based on actual salmon abundance.
|Friday, June 7, 6:00 p.m.||through||Sunday, June 9, 11:59 p.m.||54|
|Monday, June 10, 12:01 a.m.||through||Sunday, June 16, 11:59 p.m.||168|
|Monday, June 17, 12:01 a.m.||through||Sunday, June 23, 11:59 p.m.||168|
|Monday, June 24, 12:01 a.m.||through||Sunday, June 30, 11:59 p.m.||168|
|Wednesday, July 3, 6:00 a.m.||through||Sunday, July 7, 11:59 p.m.||114|
|Monday, July 8, 12:01 a.m.||through||Monday, July 8, 11:59 p.m.||24|
|Tuesday, July 9, 6:00 p.m.||through||Sunday, July 14, 11:59 p.m.||126|
|Friday, July 19, 6:00 a.m.||through||Sunday, July 21, 11:59 p.m.||66|
|Friday, July 26, 12:01 p.m.||through||Sunday, July 28, 11:59 p.m.||60|
|Friday, August 2, 6:00 p.m.||through||Sunday, August 4, 11:59 p.m.||54|
|Monday, August 5, 12:01 a.m.||through||Monday, August 5, 11:59 p.m.||24|
|Tuesday, August 6, 6:00 a.m.||through||Sunday, August 11, 11:59 p.m.||138|
|Monday, August 12, 12:01 a.m.||through||Monday, August 12, 11:59 p.m.||24|
|Wednesday, August 14, 12:01 p.m.||through||Sunday, August 18, 11:59 p.m.||108|
|Monday, August 19, 12:01 a.m.||through||Saturday, August 31, 11:59 p.m.||Continuous|
Based on sonar counts, actual fishing times will be established through emergency order each week as per the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan. The department may deviate from this plan, as it did in 2018, if passage by the Miles Lake sonar appears insufficient to meet wild stock spawning escapement. Travel time for salmon between the Miles Lake sonar and the Chitina Subdistrict is approximately two to three weeks; as a result, changes to the preliminary schedule will be announced approximately one week prior to the fishing period. After August 31, the fishery will remain open, by regulation, through September 30.
The 2019 Copper River forecast is 1.51 million wild and enhanced sockeye salmon and 55,000 king salmon http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/
All residents of Alaska qualify to participate in this personal use fishery. A Chitina Personal Use Salmon Fishery Permit and a resident Alaska sport fishing license are required. Both dip net permits and fishing licenses can be obtained online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/
The department urges dipnetters to respect the rights of private landowners in the area and familiarize themselves with the land ownership in the area before fishing. For information on access across private lands contact Chitina Native Corporation at (907) 823-2223 (https://chitinanative.com/
Information regarding the fishery can be found at the ADF&G web site: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/
The current fishing schedule will be announced on the Chitina Fishery information line at 822-5224 (Glennallen), 459-7382 (Fairbanks), and 267-2511 (Anchorage). Please contact an information phone line prior to planning your trip to Chitina to ensure that the fishery will be open when you arrive. If you have any questions regarding the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishery, please contact the ADF&G office in Glennallen at (907) 822-3309.
This concludes our 2019 Copper River fishing report.
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