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 7:45am 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 7:45am. 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: Tue, Aug 29th at 7:39am

Sam and I and all our crew, thank everyone for your patronage this summer. For some of us it's now time to seek other sources of meat to put in our freezers. May you all be blessed in your endeavors this fall and winter. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

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Fishing Report: Wed, Aug 23rd at 7:26am

Fishing has become very slow, if you put a full day or overnight in you might come back with 8 to 15 fish. We only have six to eight spots that seem to be working consistently. We will be open until the 26th. Our hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Fishing Report: Sun, Aug 20th at 8:32am

Fishing yesterday was about like it's been all summer. It started out very slow by the end of the day it started picking up. Charters will be open through the 26th. New hours start Monday morning, 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. This time of year you might want to bring a gun or pepper spray just in case. We did see a few Silvers this last week. I have no prediction on how fishing will be this week, if you need fish you'll just have to come and try and we'll do our best to put you on some. If no one is around when you get here be patient will be back soon .

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Fishing Report: Fri, Aug 18th at 5:35pm

Our line for Saturday morning is almost completely full. Fishing is still better than it has been most of the summer. But has definitely slow down today. See yesterday's post for important information about next week.

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