As most of you know the Upper Copper River has been shut down to catch and release and no bait for Kings. This is frustrating in many ways and I am glad the AF&G is taking a conservative approach as the fish are renewable and we need to protect the stock most of all. The counting tower is 5 full days (via fish) from the mouth where I am located and we are seeing good numbers of nice Kings being taken by our groups. On the 22nd one of my groups hooked and landed 6 kings and maxed out on reds. It is my feeling that the numbers are on the way and with any luck the fish biologist may reopen the fishery if the numbers rise but we will see.
Reds: Only one word can describe the number of Reds that we are seeing and that is THICK! Most of my groups are limiting out on reds quickly and having a ball along the way. Looking at the AF&G web site (http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCo...displayResults) numbers at the counting tower you will see to date we have had 19,700+ Reds pass the tower and when compared to 2010 on this date the numbers were a whopping 5,000 fish. On 6/20 & 21st 2011 we had 4,300 Reds blast by the tower and compared to the same dates in 2010 the count was just over 800 fish.
Well in closing the Kings are catch and release but you can still have a blast hooking them while youíre filling the raft with Reds. We are seeing historic numbers of Reds, donít miss out on the fun!
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