Area Sport Fishing Reports
Upper Copper/Upper Susitna
Archived Sport Fishing Report
July 08, 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.
In the Copper River, the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net fishery is currently open through 12:01 a.m Sunday, July 11.
For the week of July 12 - 18, the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net fishery will be open the full week. It will open at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 12 for 168 hours, closing at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 18.
The retention of king salmon is prohibited during both of these periods, and for the remainder of the season.
Informational Hotlines for Chitina Personal Use Fishery
- Anchorage: 907-267-2511
- Fairbanks: 907-459-7382
- Glennallen: 907-822-5224
Lake trout fishing remains good on Lake Louise, Susitna, and Tyone Lakes.
No reports from Paxson Lake, but Arctic grayling fishing from the Paxson Lake campground is almost always great during the summer. The upper Gulkana River should continue to provide its usual great Arctic grayling opportunities as well as rainbow trout.
There isn't a lot of fishing activity going on these days so a lot of great small fisheries are going unexploited. For a guide to where all these small fisheries are, check out Sportfishing Alaska rivers and lakes in the Upper Copper/Upper Susitna River Basin. This guide lists all the fisheries, species available, and mile markers along all the major highways crossing the Upper Copper and Upper Susitna Area.
Sockeye is still moving into the Klutina River at a steady pace, but fishing has been spotty. Expect relatively long periods of no action interspersed with 30 minutes of great fishing. Sockeye fishing on the Klutina will continue through the month of July before dropping off completely in August. Don't forget the Gulkana River for sockeye salmon as well. They are a little more challenging to catch there, but that is what makes it fun.
As of June 26, all king salmon sport fisheries in the Upper Copper River are closed and the flowing waters of the Gulkana, Klutina, and Tonsina Rivers are restricted to unbaited, artificial lures.
Please review the Emergency Orders and Advisory Announcements below in their entirety before heading out on your next fishing trip:
- Emergency Order 3-RS-I-06-21 opens the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net fishery for the 168-hr period starting 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 12. The EO also prohibits the retention of king salmon in the Chitina Subdistrict personal use salmon dipnet fishery.
- Emergency Order 3-RS-I-05-21 opens the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net fishery for the 144-hr period starting 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 5. The EO also prohibits the retention of king salmon in the Chitina Subdistrict personal use salmon dipnet fishery.
- Emergency Order 3-KS-I-06-21 closes all king salmon sport fisheries in the Upper Copper River drainage effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 26.
- Emergency Order 3-KS-I-01-21 closes the Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence salmon fishery to the retention of king salmon effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 28. This Emergency Order also requires that fish wheels be closely attended while operating.
Don't forget to bring your 2021 sport fishing license. Help maximize social distancing by purchasing your sport fishing license at the ADF&G Online Store. You can print your license from the comfort of your home. Also, be sure to review Emergency Orders and the 2021 Northern Sport Fishing Regulations Summary Booklet for the area you are fishing in before you head out.
Interactive Fishing Location Maps
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For more information
Call the Glennallen office at (907) 822-3309 with any questions.