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    Default Copper River/July 4th weekend?

    How is the dipnetting around the 4th on the Copper regarding crowds + the fishing? I'd probably just dip at the bridge vs. venturing to Obrien (sic?) Creek. Any info?

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    Based on the fish counts it might be pretty slow fishing.
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    Are you aloud to dip up river from the bridge? There is a second run isn't there?

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    Yup, as Grayling Slayer said, I would expect pretty slow fishing at that time based on the numbers at the counter right now. Unless it picks up hugely and suddenly, you might be better off waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskanpogi View Post
    Are you aloud to dip up river from the bridge? There is a second run isn't there?
    You can dip upriver from the bridge if you get a subsistence permit. This is different than the PU permit and you cannot have both. Once you get one, you can't go back and change your mind and get the other. You almost have to have a boat, also, as most of the land is either impossible to dip from, private property, or AHTNA land.

    There is typically a second surge of fish around the middle of July. Check gr8fl's link (http://aksalmondipnetting.com/copper/index.htm ) for a chart showing the last 10 years for an idea of timing. If it follows the general trend, it should start picking up again in the next week or so and continue with strong numbers for about two weeks after that. However, the numbers and timing this year don't really match up with any other year, so it's hard to predict what will happen. In fact, the last couple of days are the lowest numbers in ten years. Hopefully that is just a sign of building schools in the sound, not a shortage of fish.

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    We would always make our trips around the 26th- 1rst. did pretty good all the time.

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