June 6, 2018
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has decided to keep the Copper River District Closed to Commercial fishing. Here is an excerpt from the announcement.
COPPER RIVER DISTRICT: The Copper River District will remain closed to commercial fishing. To date, the sonar count is the 9th lowest on record (1978-2017). Cumulative commercial harvest this year is the 2nd lowest harvest to-date in the last 50 years. Miles Lake sonar passage has declined since June 4. Cumulative sonar count through June 5 is 95,515 fish whereas a minimum of 175,559 fish are projected by this date. The 0600 count for June 6 is 2,484 fish. Fishermen are advised that the Copper River commercial fishery may open on short notice should indices of Sockeye Salmon abundance support fishing. A minimum of 17 hours advance notice of a fishery opening is anticipated.
The next scheduled Salmon fisheries announcement is anticipated to be at 12:00 pm Saturday, June 9.
There are a few other fishing areas with openings, but they are producing mainly Chum Salmon.