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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has published the preliminary schedule for the Copper River 

 Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery in Chitina for the upcoming season. 

The fishery is scheduled to open on Monday, June 7 at 12:01 a.m. and remain open through Tuesday, June 22 at 11:59 p.m. The fishery will then close until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 24. The complete preliminary schedule is below.

The schedule is based on projected daily sonar counts at the Miles Lake sonar and is designed to distribute the harvest throughout the run which officially closes on September 30. The schedule is adjusted weekly based upon actual sonar counts at Miles Lake. Travel time between the sonar and the fishery is between two and three weeks.

The 2021 Copper River forecast is 1.35 million wild and hatchery sockeye salmon combined, and 37,000 king salmon. The goal for the number of salmon passing the Miles Lake sonar, is 605,000 to 995,000 salmon. This goal ensures sufficient salmon for spawning escapement, subsistence, personal use and sport fishing needs, and hatchery brood stock.

Only Alaska residents are eligible to participate in personal use fisheries.

Residents must have a resident Alaska sport fishing license and a Chitina Personal Use Salmon Fishery permit. Both can be obtained online at

Harvest reporting must be completed online through the ADF&G website by October 15 whether you fished the permit or not. Permits returned by mail or hand-delivered will not be accepted. Permit holders who fail to report will be denied a permit for the next calendar year.

The department urges dipnetters to respect the rights of private landowners in the area and familiarize themselves with the land ownership in the area before fishing. For information on access across private lands contact Chitina Native Corporation at (907) 823-2223 or Ahtna, Inc at (907) 822-3476.

More information on the Chitna fishery can be found at: This site provides information regarding the Upper Copper River fisheries including fishery descriptions and summaries, maps of the subdistricts, a listing of vendors that carry the permits, and links to the sonar numbers and fishing schedule emergency orders.

In addition to being posted online, the most current fishing schedule is available on the Chitina Fishery information line at (907) 822-5224. ADF&G asks you to verify that the fishery is open prior to traveling by calling an information line or checking online.

If you have any questions regarding the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishery, please contact the ADF&G office in Glennallen at (907) 822-3309.


2021 Preliminary Chitna Dip Net Schedule

Monday, June 07, 12:01 a.m. through Tuesday, June 22, 11:59 p.m.

Thursday, June 24, 12:01 a.m through Monday, June 28, 11:59 p.m.

Thursday, July 01, 12 p.m. through Tuesday, July 06, 11:59 p.m.

Thursday, July 08, 6 a.m. through Monday, July 12, 11:59 p.m.

Friday, July 16, 12 p.m. through Sunday, July 18, 11:59 p.m.

Friday, July 23, 6 a.m. through Monday July 26, 11:59 p.m.

Thursday, July 29, 6:00 PM through Monday, August 02, 11:59 p.m.

Friday, August 06, 12:01 a.m. through Monday, August 09, 11:59 PM

Tuesday, August 10, 6:00 PM through Sunday, August 15, 11:59 p.m.

Saturday, August 21, 6 a.m. through Monday, August 23, 11:59 p.m.

Thursday, August 26, 12:01 a.m. through Tuesday, September 30, 11:59 p.m.

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