Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director

Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner

P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Advisory Announcement
(Released: June 23, 2021 - Expired: August 01, 2021)

CONTACT: Mark Somerville
Area Management Biologist
(907) 822-3309

Copper River King Salmon Subsistence Fisheries Closed

(Glennallen) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is restricting the subsistence fishery for king salmon in the Upper Copper River drainage.

The Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence fishery for both gear types (fishwheels and dip nets) is closed to the retention of king salmon effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 28 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 31. In addition, fish wheels must be closely attended while fishing so king salmon incidentally caught may be immediately released.

The Copper River King Salmon Fishery Management Plan (5 AAC 24.361) directs ADF&G to manage the Copper River fisheries to achieve a sustainable escapement goal to the Copper River of 24,000 or more king salmon. The 2021 king salmon run to the Copper River is substantially weaker than the preseason forecast of 37,000 king salmon. Catch rates of king salmon in the Native Village of Eyak research fish wheels through June 22 are the third lowest on record since 2003 and recapture rates indicate a potential in-river return below the Copper River drainage king salmon escapement goal, providing no surplus for harvest. Additionally, only 132 king salmon have passed the Gulkana River salmon counting tower as of June 22, which is the second-lowest count on record for this date and 79% below average. Therefore, prohibiting the retention of king salmon in the Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence salmon fishery and the Upper Copper River king salmon sport fisheries is justified to ensure sustainable escapement.

Additionally, ADF&G is reminding fishery users that all 2021 Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence salmon fishery permit participation and harvest reporting must be completed online. Online reporting is required regardless if you purchased the permit through the ADF&G online store or through a vendor. Returning permits by mail or hand-delivery is no longer an acceptable means to report.