The Copper River District will remain closed for the rest of this week. Fish just are not yet showing in numbers to allow commercial harvest for the remainder of this week. The next announcement will be made this Saturday at noon for the next commercial fishing opening with a Monday June 4 12-hour opening expected.
COPPER RIVER DISTRICT:
The Copper River District will remain closed to commercial fishing. The Copper River District will open to subsistence fishing at 7:00 am on Thursday, May 31 for a 12-hour fishing period.
Miles Lake sonar is currently operational on both banks. Cumulative sonar count through 5/29 is 23,732 fish whereas a minimum of 67,708 fish are projected by this date. The 0600 count for 5/30 is 1,470 fish. Preliminary harvest estimate from the 12-hour period that occurred on Monday, May 28 was 3,000 Chinook and 20,000 Sockeye Salmon. This compares to a projected harvest of 97,600 Sockeye Salmon for this period.
The next scheduled salmon fisheries announcement is anticipated to be at 12:00 pm Saturday, June 2.