The Chitina Dipnetters Association is selling tickets for a raffle drawing on May 15. Grand prize is a drop-off fishing charter for two, a $220 value with Mark Hem and Copper River Charters. Other prizes include a night's stay at Chitina House Bed and Breakfast, a Vac-Master vacuum sealer from Sportsmans Warehouse, a Jet-Boil stove and a salmon artistically rendered in sheet metal from, somewhat ironically, Expressions in Glass. Tickets can be purchased from CDA board members or through our Contact Us link.
The Chitina Dipnetters Association is gearing up for the 2013 Chitina dipnetting season. Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held Saturday, April 13, 7:00 PM at Pioneer Hall in Pioneer Park (Alaskaland). An Alaska Sport Fisheries representative will discuss the 2013 salmon run predictions, bag limits, season opening dates and report any changes to the Chitina dipnet fishery for 2013. Bring your concerns to discuss with the membership and ADF&G representative. New and renewal $20 annual CDA memberships will be available at the door. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the meeting and refreshments will be served at the break. Tickets will be on sale for our 2013 spring raffle. Prizes so far include a night's stay at The Chitina Hotel, a night's stay at Chitina House Bed & Breadfast, jet boil camping stove and a metal designer sockeye salmon. CORRECTION: The meeting start time was originally reported as 7:30pm. The correct starting time is 7:00pm.
The CDA will have a booth at the 2013 Fairbanks Outdoor Show, which will be held at the Carlson Center the weekend of April 19, 20, 21. We will be answering questions concerning the dipnet fishery, presenting a dipnet seminar, offering T shirt and raffle ticket sales, and general promotion of the Chitina dipnet fishery. Stop by and show your support for the one organization protecting your opportunity to dip a winter's supply of Copper River salmon.
Hem Charters and Copper River Charters will once again be using this website to post the Chitina dipnet fishing hotline. The hotline is your online access to information about current river and fishing conditions as well as upcoming conditions according to Mark Hem's crystal ball. We are happy to sponsor this helpful information for planning your trip to Chitina but ask in return that you become a member of Chitina Dipnetters Association.
Hem's Chitina One Stop grocery store will not be open for business this summer. This means that no gasoline will be available for purchase in Chitina so you will need to plan accordingly. Fuel is available in Glennallen or at the Kenny Lake Mercantile. Unless a new vendor is found in Chitina, the closest place to obtain a dipnet permit will be in Kenny Lake at Wengers Hardware or Kenny Lake Mercantile.
Chitina Native Corporation will continue to have their grocery store open in Chitina, but at this time offer no fuel sales.