Chitina Dipnet Hotline

Hem and Copper River Charter fishing report. Our hope is that the information we provide will enhance your experience and the amount of fish in your freezer. This report is regularly updated to reflect the current conditions for dipnetting in the Chitina personal use fishery on the Copper River, and should be consulted just before you leave on your trip for rapidly changing information. Hem Charters on Facebook is updated at least daily, so “Like” Hem Charters on Facebook for instant updates. Facebook is updated more often than this website or the hotline.

Hem and Copper River Charters operate from 4:45am until 6pm Monday through Saturday, when the season is open and we are closed on Sunday. When placing gear in line during the day, up to 6pm, you must put your name on a sign-in list, available with one of our employees. Our fare is still only $110 per person and that includes an all-day or an overnight drop off and use of our cleaning tables. On the return trip, there will be an additional charge of $20 for every 1-10 fish over the permit holder’s initial limit of 25 fish.

No checks or credit cards accepted. We don’t take reservations, instead, we work on a first come, first serve basis from a line that starts in front of a red cone all the way at the left hand corner of O’Brien Creek. A piece of gear, like a cooler or a dipnet, holds your spot; but only if you are here when the boat loading starts at 4:45am. Overnighters are welcome but need to be here and in line by 5pm. Things to bring: head lamp and batteries (if going overnight), dipnet, life jacket, tie off rope, stringers for 5 fish on each, hipboots, bucket to wash off your spot, fillet or cleaning knife, warm clothes, bug spray, and only 60 qt. coolers or less allowed on the boats with food and drink.

Fishing Report: Sun, Jul 23rd at 6:47am

Dipnetting closes tonight Sunday July 23rd at midnight and reopens Monday July 24th at noon. Charters will be open 7:45 a.m. Monday morning to take people out and we are going to allow you to go out and if necessary stay overnight and come back between 5:30 & 7 a.m. Tuesday morning . We will take people out until 5 p.m, Monday afternoon. Even though the river has been high fishing has remained fairly consistent. Some groups have been able to bring very good members of fish back. It has been hot and sunny and it looks like that way again today. So the river is going to come up and probably will reach its highest level this year. Spots will be limited because of the high water.

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Fishing Report: Thu, Jul 20th at 2:45pm

NEW INFORMATION ON CHARTERS FOR Saturday the 22 through Monday the 24. Dipnetting closes Sunday at midnight and reopens Monday at noon. NEW THIS WEEK ONLY. GO OUT SATURDAY BY 4 P.M. AND STAY OUT TILL MONDAY BETWEEN 8 AND 9 A.M. FOR UP TO 30 HOURS OF FISHING. Tent spots extremely Limited, be prepared to just get comfortable on the ground with a tarp and sleeping bag. We will not be on the river during this time to check on you so you're there even if you get your fish. Cost $150 with no extra charge for extra fish. We will also be open at 7:45 a.m. Monday morning the 24 to take people out. Fishing starts at noon Monday, and we will let you stay out until Tuesday morning the 25 between 5:30 and 7 a.m. For our standard price . Spots may be limited for these two things so first come first serve. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday Morning the 25th.
I believe the river is done cresting. It appears to be going down more each night then it comes up each day. This trend should continue for the next 4-5 days at least. I don't believe fishing is going to get much better than it's been all this summer. Other than being slower when the river comes up too fast.

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Fishing Report: Tue, Jul 18th at 6:50pm

The river is continuing to rise slowly, it's the highest it's been all year. Fishing will probably stay slow as long as the Rivers High. Spots are limited. Update tomorrow.

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Fishing Report: Mon, Jul 17th at 3:30pm

The river is not continuing to drop. It has come up even a little further. I have no idea what the opener at 8 p.m. tomorrow night will hold, or the next day. I'll do another report tomorrow. See yesterday's post for extra information.

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