The Chitina Subdistrict will open for a 168-hour period from 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 10 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 16.
Landslide notice: A significant landslide along the O’Brien Creek to Haley Creek trail located about 3.0 miles past O’Brien Creek has occurred. ATVs have navigated the slide, but traversing the slide is hazardous and not recommended. Details will be presented in a subsequent News Release.
As a reminder, the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan and the Statewide Personal Use Fishing Regulations state that:
- 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.
- Personal use fishers must possess both their Chitina Personal Use fishery permit and a valid resident sport fishing license when fishing. Steelhead cannot be kept, and must be returned to the water unharmed.
- You must record your harvest on the permit immediately.
- The tips of the tail of personal use caught fish must be clipped immediately upon landing a fish.
- Immediately is defined as before concealing the salmon from plain view or transporting the salmon from the fishing site. Fishing site means the location where the fish was removed from the water and became part of the permit holder’s bag limit.
The Copper River personal use fishery is managed under direction of the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan (5 AAC 77.591). The plan establishes the season from June 7 through September 30, and directs the department to establish weekly periods based on Miles Lake sonar counts. During May 27 – June 2, there were 124,165 salmon counted past the Miles Lake sonar. The preseason projection for this period was 107,199 salmon, which results in a surplus of 16,966 salmon. Copper River sockeye salmon migratory timing and the previous five-year average harvest and participation rates indicate sufficient numbers of salmon available to maintain 168 hours of fishing time during the week of June 10 – June 16.
All residents of Alaska qualify to participate in this personal use fishery. You must have a Chitina Personal Use Salmon Fishery Permit and a resident Alaska sport fishing license when dipnetting. 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 know the regulations before fishing. For information on access across private lands contact Chitina Native Corporation at (907) 823-2223.
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.
There are also opportunities down South for some catch and release sturgeon fishing on the Columbia right now, there are several NW sturgeon fishing guides offering these trips. We recommend Buddy Dupell of Columbia River Fishing Adventures. Give him a call at (503) 490-3099 and book your Northwest sturgeon fishing trips today.
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