Subsistence opener is Thursday, May 24; commercial opener anticipated May 28

Bowpickers head to the Copper River flats the night before the first commercial Copper River salmon opener on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

State fisheries officials have announced a Copper River subsistence fishing opener of 12 hours beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, with a likely commercial opener of the Copper River district on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

The time and area for the commercial opener will be announced on Saturday, May 26 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Cordova office.

During the commercial fishing season, subsistence harvest may occur in the Copper River District concurrent in time and area with commercial fishing periods until the district is closed at the end of the season.

Additionally, waters of the Copper River District, excluding the Chinook salmon expanded inside closure area, will open to subsistence fishing from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on all Saturdays between May 15 and Oct. 31, ADF&G officials said.