Area Sport Fishing Reports
Upper Copper/Upper Susitna
Archived Sport Fishing Report
May 14, 2021
* Just a reminder to all our anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing and wear a face-covering when social distancing is not possible and if you need fishing supplies from your local store.
Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip:
- A Press Release was issued on May 5th presenting the pre-season schedule for the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dipnet fishery.
Informational Hotlines For Chitina Personal Use Fishery
- Anchorage: 907-267-2511
- Fairbanks: 907-459-7382
- Glennallen: 907-822-5224
Copper River Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net fishery is tentatively scheduled to open on June 7th. An Emergency Order and Advisory Announcement will be issued on June 2nd with the exact opening date and time for this fishery.
Resident freshwater species:
The large lakes are starting to break up but will take a few more weeks to be ice free. In the meantime, there should be some great fishing for lake trout and whitefish along the shoreline where the ice has receded.
If lakes aren’t you favorite place to fish, the Arctic grayling are migrating up area streams right now. Arctic grayling start their upstream spawning migrations in earnest when water temperatures reach 5 oC or higher. So now is the time to target these tasty, fun to catch fish.
Spring is also a great time to target Dolly Varden in the area. The outlet of Klutina Lake is well known for some large Dolly Varden making the 3-hour rough drive up the Klutina Lake Road worth the effort. The Little Tonsina River is also another great fishery for Dolly Varden and Arctic grayling.
King and sockeye salmon:
It is a great time to start planning for those summer salmon fishing adventures. Forecasts for king and sockeye salmon to the Copper River are below average for 2021 so look out for Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements on these fisheries throughout the season.
Don’t forget to bring your 2021 sport fishing license and king stamp! Help maximize social distancing and purchase your 2021 sport fishing license and king stamp through the ADF&G online store and print it off from the comfort of your own home. Also, make sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2021 Northern Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet for the area you are fishing before you head out.
For additional information, please contact the ADF&G Glennallen Area Office at (907) 822-3309.