Actually, they did just issue a new EO, changing the opening to the 19th. You'll be fine to keep your plans for the 20th. Also, although it's not mentioned or announced officially yet, according to Mark Somerville, there will be a supplemental period (giving you an extra 10 fish) the week of the 25th. Not sure if that matters to you or not, but keep it in mind.
Originally Posted by 4theKids
Thanks for reminding me to update this. View the whole thing here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...1516&year=2011
July 13, 2011
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
Cora Campbell, Commissioner
DIVISION OF SPORT FISH
Charles O. Swanton, Director
UCUS Area Management Biologist
AMENDMENT TO THE 2011 COPPER RIVER PERSONAL USE DIP NET SALMON FISHING SCHEDULE The Chitina Subdistrict will open from noon on Tuesday, July 19 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 24. There will be no supplemental harvest during this fishing period. This announcement does not change the seventh opening of the Chitina Subdistrict, which will remain at 05:00 p.m., Monday, July 11 until 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 17.
The Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery is closed to the retention of king salmon for the remainder of the 2011 season. King salmon incidentally taken may not be retained and must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed.
As a reminder, the Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishery Management Plan and the Statewide Personal Use Fishing Regulations, as amended by 2011 Emergency Orders, state that:
The seasonal bag limit is a total of 15 salmon for a household of one, and 30 salmon for a household of two or more.
Personal use fishermen must possess both their Chitina Personal Use fishery permit and a valid resident sport fishing license when fishing.
Steelhead and king salmon cannot be kept, and must be returned to the water unharmed.
When a harvestable surplus of 50,000 salmon or greater will be present in the Chitina Subdistrict, by emergency order, a supplemental permit for 10 additional sockeye salmon will be issued to Chitina Subdistrict personal use permit holders.
Harvest must be recorded on the permit immediately.
The tips of the tail of personal use caught fish must be clipped immediately upon landing a fish.
Immediately is defined as before concealing the salmon from plain view or transporting the salmon from the fishing site. Fishing site means the location where the fish was removed from the water and became part of the permit holders bag limit.
During June 27 July 3, there were 64,832 salmon counted past the Miles Lake sonar. The preseason projection for this period was 45,751 salmon, which results in a surplus of 19,081 salmon. Copper River sockeye salmon migratory timing and the previous five-year average harvest and participation rates indicate sufficient numbers of salmon to justify 132 hours of fishing time during the week of July 18 July 24, which is an increase of 39 hours over the preseason schedule.