First Weekend of Dipnetting at Chitina Solid

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

It was a solid first weekend of dip netting at Chitina.  State Management Biologist Mark Sommerville says the few who headed down to the Copper River didn’t limit out at 30 fish, but most did alright.

Sommerville says sockeyes have been running on the larger side, likely due to strong component of 5-year-old fish in this year’s run. He says the much lower volume king run appears to be okay, with downstream harvest in native village of Eyak fish wheels slow, but better than last year. Salmon passage by the Miles lake sonar was below projections the last week of May, prompting a suspension of commercial harvest on the Copper River Delta.  Sommerville says numbers have been picking up in recent days.

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