Area Sport Fishing Reports
Upper Copper/Upper Susitna
Archived Sport Fishing Report
May 25, 2021
* Just a reminder to all anglers, please do your part to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by practicing social distancing while sport and personal use fishing as well as when shopping for fishing supplies from your local store, and by wearing a face covering when social distancing is not possible.
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.
Informational Hotlines for Chitina Personal Use Fishery
- Anchorage: 907-267-2511
- Fairbanks: 907-459-7382
- Glennallen: 907-822-5224
Resident freshwater species:
The large lakes such as Paxson and Lake Louise should be ice-free within the next week to a week and a half. In the meantime, there is great fishing for lake trout and whitefish along the shoreline where the ice has receded.
Area stream temperatures are starting to rise and the Arctic grayling spawning runs are going on now, but this will not last much longer. Some of our northern streams like the upper tributaries to the Gulkana River and Paxson or Summit Lakes should still be prime for Arctic grayling. 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 three-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.
Several of our stocked lakes have received their first loads of catchable rainbow trout. Check out the lakes down in Chitina and along the Glenn Highway and Lake Louise Road for some hungry rainbows and char.
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.
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.
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.