Thursday, May 26, 2011

Red-hot Copper River

Copper River salmon fishermen have another opener today starting at 7 a.m.

Deckboss is sure they're anxious to get their nets in the water, considering how the young season has unfolded so far.

We've had three quick, 12-hour openers in the Copper River District, and by my count the cumulative sockeye catch is 459,300 fish.

That's more than two-thirds of the 635,968 sockeye caught all of last season.

The numbers also are looking pretty good for Chinook. The catch stands at 6,400 fish, compared to 9,654 in 2010.

Could it be we're headed for a breakout season after last year's disappointment?

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