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UCUS Area Management Biologist
May 15, 2014
The preliminary 2014 schedule for the Copper River Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net fishery is listed in the table below. This schedule is based on projected daily sonar counts at the Miles Lake sonar. This preseason schedule is outlined in the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan (5 AAC 77.591) and is designed to distribute the harvest throughout the run based on actual salmon abundance.
2014 Copper River Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Salmon Fishery Preseason Schedule
|Dates||Fishing Period hours|
|Saturday, June 07, 12:01 AM||through||Sunday, June 08, 11:59 PM||48|
|Monday, June 09, 12:01 AM||through||Sunday, June 15, 11:59 PM||168|
|Monday, June 16, 12:01 AM||through||Sunday, June 22, 11:59 PM||168|
|Monday, June 23, 12:01 AM||through||Sunday, June 29, 11:59 PM||168|
|Monday, June 30, 12:00 PM||through||Sunday, July 06, 11:59 PM||156|
|Tuesday, July 08, 8:00 PM||through||Sunday, July 13, 11:59 PM||124|
|Tuesday, July 15, 12:01 AM||through||Sunday, July 20, 11:59 PM||144|
|Thursday, July 24, 12:00 PM||through||Sunday, July 27, 11:59 PM||84|
|Tuesday, July 29, 12:01 AM||through||Sunday, August 03, 11:59 PM||144|
|Monday, August 04, 12:01 AM||through||Sunday, August 31, 11:59 PM||Continuous|
|Monday, Sept. 01, 12:01 AM||through||Tuesday, Sept. 30, 11:59 PM||Open by regulation|
This schedule is subject to change based on actual salmon escapement once the sonar is operational. Travel time for salmon between the Miles Lake sonar and Chitina 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.
A household permit is required to participate in the Chitina fishery. Permits will be available no later than June 1, during business hours (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, M-F) from Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) offices in Anchorage, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Glennallen, and Palmer. Permits are also available at license vendors located in Anchorage, Big Lake, Chitina, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Glennallen, Kenny Lake, North Pole, Palmer, Valdez, and Wasilla. A resident sport fishing license is also required prior to getting a Chitina Subdistrict personal use permit.
The Department urges dipnetters to respect the rights of private landowners in the area and know the regulations before fishing. A brochure, which provides a summary of the regulations and offers guidance into public access within this fishery, is available at ADF&G offices and distributed with the permit. For information on access across private lands contact Chitina Native Corporation at (907) 823-2223.
Additional information regarding the fishery can be found at the ADF&G web site: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=PersonalUsebyAreaInteriorChitina.main. As in the past, revised fishing periods and river conditions 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.