Area Sport Fishing Reports
Upper Copper/Upper Susitna
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 31, 2019
Copper River Chitina Subdistrict is currently open and will remain open for the remainder of the season, September 30. Fishing is still good and king salmon are still being retained. Dipnetting in the canyon is the most productive, but water levels have dropped so folks can dip net just below the bridge.
ADF&G encourages and advises all dipnetters to exercise caution and safety when accessing the Copper River and to wear life jackets whether fishing from a boat or shore.
Lake trout fishing continues to be productive in area lakes. Cooling temperatures should allow for more productive shore fishing for these great tasting fish.
As of August 1st sport fishing for King salmon will be open on the Klutina River below 13.0 mile of the Klutina Lake road, on the Tonsina River below the Ayeska Pipeline crossing bridge, and in the Copper River drainage down stream of the upstream bank of the Klutina River down to Haley Creek.
The bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the Upper Copper River drainage is 6 fish and will remain so for the remainder of the season. Sockeye fishing on the Klutina River appears steady and later run timing sockeye are now filling the Gulkana River providing for a great last chance for some bright sockeye.
The Copper Basin is experiencing a typical late summer, early fall weather pattern with scattered rainstorms. Water temperatures are dropping and fish are moving well with cooler stream and River temperatures.
Check our roadside guide for fishing in the Upper Copper Upper Susitna Management Area. It lists nearly every sport fishery in the area, species present and milepost location.
The second stocking of the season is coming soon.