Copper River

Copper River Sockeye Run Still Weak

May 29, 2020

  A weaker than expected return of Copper River Sockeye salmon kept the commercial fishery on the river delta closed this week, but the state still plans to hold the season’s first opening of the popular personal use upriver dipnet fishery at Chitina next week.  Area management biologist Mark


Copper River Sockeye Run Weak So Far

May 22, 2020

The Copper River sockeye salmon return is coming in far weaker than anticipated.  It's still early, but Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jeremy Botz in Cordova says the first two commercial fishery openings on the Copper River flats yielded a disappointing sockeye harvest.

"The level of the sockeye harvest in the first two period is historically low -- either the lowest, or one of the lowest first two periods on record.”

Ice is clearing from the lower Copper River, and fishery managers are looking to the upcoming season. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Mark Sommerville says the preseason forecast calls for a return of about 1,530,000 sockeye, and 60,000 kings.

Dipnet Access Rough

Jun 15, 2015
Chitina Dipnetter's Association

A dipnetter’s group is seeking state funding to repair a sketchy stretch of trail used to access the popular personal use fishery on the Copper River near Chitina. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the old section of the Copper River Highway has deteriorated due to past year’s land slides.


The Chitina Dipnet season is underway. The popular personal use fishery on the Copper River at Chitina opened this morning, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports the early run is strong.

Members of the state Senate Resources Committee heard testimony from Alaskans around the state on a measure that would give priority to state fisheries for personal use when restrictions are imposed due to reduced numbers of salmon.

Dipnet Limit Increased

Dec 10, 2014

The Alaska Board of Fish has upped the bag limit for Copper River sockeye salmon in the Chitina Dipnet Fishery.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the change made during a meeting that wrapped up Sunday in Cordova, is aimed at better meeting Alaskans demand for the prized fish.