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Alaska Department of Fish & Game's
Interior - Upper Copper & Susitna Rivers
Weekly Fishing Forecast


This report is reproduced from information provided by Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Fairbanks Office, and will be updated weekly throughout the fishing season. The same message can be accessed on their Record-A-Phone "Sportfishing Forecast" at (907) 459-7385.

DATE:  For Week of JULY 9, 2013 


  • Copper River Chitina Subdistrict will remain open through Sunday July 21st at 11:59 pm. Starting at 12:01 am Monday, July 8th through 11:59 pm Sunday July 14th a supplemental harvest of 10 additional sockeye salmon will be allowed for the personal use dip net salmon fishery in the Chitina Subdistrict during this period, and from 12:01am Monday July 15th through 11:59 pm Sunday, July 21st a supplemental harvest of 10 additional sockeye salmon will be allowed for the personal use dip net salmon fishery in the Chitina Subdistrict during this period. The Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery is closed to the retention of king salmon. King salmon incidentally taken may not be retained and must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed. Dipnetters are catching limits of fish in a timely manner, and dipnetting is expected to remain good this week. Up to date info can also be obtained from Chitina Dipnetters Association website. The preliminary season schedule is based on the projected daily sonar counts at the Miles Lake sonar and is subject to change based on actual salmon escapement. If actual counts are below the projected counts, fishing time will be reduced. If actual counts are above the projected counts, fishing time will be increased accordingly.


  • The Gulkana River is dropping and the water visibility is getting better. The annual limit for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length in the Upper Copper River drainage is reduced from four fish to one fish. Additionally retention of king salmon in the Gulkana River and that portion of the Copper River from the confluence of the Gulkana and Copper rivers to an ADF&G marker located 500 yards downstream is prohibited king salmon may not be retained or possessed and must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed. In the Gulkana River drainage only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures may be used in all waters downstream of the confluence of the Middle Fork to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 500 yards downstream of the confluence with the Copper River. To view emergency orders and news releases for the UCUS area click on the link at the top right corner of the page. King salmon fishing in the Klutina River was reported to be fair last weekend even with the water high and off colored.


  • Sockeye fishing in the Klutina River was the local hot spot for excellent fishing last weekend with anglers catching limits of fish in a short amount of time. Fishing in the Gulkana River has started to pick up in the recent days. Fish with caution when fishing from the shore with the recent high water the river banks could be undercut. The daily bag and possession limit of sockeye was increased from three fish to six fish on Saturday July 6th for the remainder of the season for the Copper River drainage.


  • Lake trout may still be concentrated around the mouth of Summit Lake feeding on out migrating salmon smolt. The larger lakes which include Lake Louise, Susitna, Tyone, Paxson, Summit, and Crosswind Lakes should continue to produce good catches of fish throughout the summer. As summer temperatures raise though, anglers targeting lake trout may need to switch to deeper trolling gear.


  • Catchable rainbow trout were stocked in most UCUS stocked lakes in 2012. Try Old Road and Round lakes, off the Lake Louise Road. Two Mile, and Three Mile Lakes along the Edgerton Highway, and Pippin Lake and Squirrel Creek Pit on the Richardson Highway were stocked with catchable rainbow trout this week. Arctic grayling will be released in stocked lakes in the Lake Louise area this week also. For the best rainbow trout fishing head out the McCarthy Road to Strelna, Silver, and Sculpin lakes which offer the best opportunity to catch more and a possibility to catch larger fish. Silver Lake was stocked with catchable rainbow trout in 2010 and again in 2011. These rainbows are transferred from Summit Lake in the Wrangell Mountains. Silver Lake has walk in access only, and fishing has been great. Peanut and Tolsona Mountain Lakes are also excellent lakes for rainbow trout, but an ATV is helpful to access them. These two lakes are not readily accessible to the road system and have been stocked in past years and receive little pressure. Tolsona, Tex Smith, Buffalo, and Ryan lakes were recently stocked with catchable rainbow trout in June. Most lakes will receive catchable sized rainbow or arctic char during, June 2013 as well.


  • Grayling fishing around Glennallen and Sourdough has slowed as they move into smaller tributaries to spawn. Small flies either wet or dry are worth a try. Many of the small lakes on the Lake Louise and Nabesna roads contain grayling populations. Long Lake and Jack Lake are good bets for grayling. Also, grayling should be in Mendeltna creek. Larger rivers like the Gulkana and Little Nelchina also contain grayling.

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