Chitina dipnetting slow

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fourth of July weekend, normally a popular time for dipnetting for salmon in the Copper River at Chitina, was a disappointment for fishermen this year.

Fishing was so poor that charter operators were even discouraging customers.

Area biologist Tom Taube said it appears a substantial part of the run didn't show up this year.

''The only thing we can think of is that for part of the run there was poor survival,'' Taube said. ''It may just be poor survival from smolt to adult or maybe some interception we're not aware of.''

The poor fishing conditions could change soon as hatchery fish make their way up the river. In the past few days more than 20,000 fish have passed a sonar counter downriver, Taube said.

It will take about two or three weeks for those fish to make it up to Chitina, he said.

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