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  • 2020 Copper River Dipnetting Reports

    Looking forward to the upcoming season! Hoping for some good reports and great conditions this year. Hope to see you there!

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    Thanks for getting this thread started! It will become our official Copper River dip netting thread; I stuck it at the top where we can find it!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Michael Strahan View Post
      Thanks for getting this thread started! It will become our official Copper River dip netting thread; I stuck it at the top where we can find it!
      Right on Mike, hope to see you down there in the canyon this year.

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      • #4
        May-21 2,532 4,918 41,226
        May-20 1,623 2,386 26,093
        May-19 763 763 17,891
        Looks like Miles Lake is up and counting. First column is 2020 daily, second is cumulative 2020, third is cumulative total for 2019

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        • #5
          I could not find a place to launch my boat today at Chitina. I wanted to test drive it in the river but currently the main channel is out of reach of my 4x4. Upriver of the bridge, after winding my way out around soft spots below the Kotsina gravel deposits and small channels, there was a final stretch of 40 yards of deep wet sand with clay. Too soft for my truck. Below the bridge on the Chitina side by the Chitina Village "Iron Ranger" launch fee and parking fee station, there is a channel which would have to be crossed twice, the first one was knee deep, the second one only 8 inches. Only 40 degrees air temperature today, so the water is still low. On the downstream McCarthy side of the bridge, about 400 hundred yards down, people with a lighter inflatable MAY be able to launch, but the bank dropped off steeply.

          Who knows what it will look like in 2 weeks? Maybe if the Chitina Village Corporation plans on doing some gravel work and the river doesn't rise too much, dip netters can make it out there to launch their boats.

          O'Brian Creek does not have a public launch site.
          Last edited by Ramsay; 05-28-2020, 07:51.

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          • #6
            Good news. I heard someone made it with their truck to launch in the Copper above the bridge.

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            • #7
              Anyone hear how it went for the first day? Last I looked, looked like the counts where low....

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              • #8
                Just talked to my buddy whoís been there for 2 days and heís said today was extremely slow.<br/><br/><br/>Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rynreeve View Post
                  Just talked to my buddy whoís been there for 2 days and heís said today was extremely slow.<br/><br/><br/>Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
                  Thanks for the update! Is he in a boat or on shore?

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                  • #10
                    Any word on the trail going down the canyon. I heard last year it was blocked by a rock slide. Wasn't able to go last year anyway. Trying to put together a trip for this year. Any info on it? Thanks.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mart View Post
                      Any word on the trail going down the canyon. I heard last year it was blocked by a rock slide. Wasn't able to go last year anyway. Trying to put together a trip for this year. Any info on it? Thanks.
                      It was but as far as I know people cleaned it up.

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                      • #12
                        Any news on the boat launch? We are headed down to dip Friday night and Saturday morning. Hoping to catch that first run of fish that normally screams up the river in a week to 10 days.

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                        • #13
                          Thursday afternoon, 06/11/20, from a boat, below the bridge, three nets, five hours: 56 sockeye and 3 kings.

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                          • #14
                            Appreciate any current reports on how dipnetting is going and how the "launch" area at the bridge is, what to expect, etc. Water level seems to be on the rise but cloudy/rainy weather in the forecast. Thanks in advance for anyone willing to give us an update!

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                            • #15
                              Just got back from spending over a week in the Chitina area. Fished from the trail for 4 days. 29 fish 1 king. People everywhere, itís becoming an ATV Highway and people are camping on the best holes and blocking trails. With atv people competing with each other and also with the charters dropping people off, it can be difficult to find a good hole to fish in. I stayed over the week to fish the opener this morning. Thinking I would get a good hole to fish, I headed in at 6pm Wednesday to try and beat the crowds. That did not work, people were setting up camps as early as 1 pm Wednesday just to make sure they had their spot. When did AK turn into this mad house. Iíve fished the copper since 2002 and itís to a point that itís just not fun anymore. <br/><br/><br/>Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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