NOTICES AND REMINDERS: CHANGE FOR THE 2006/07 SEASON IN
THE GLENNALLEN SUBDISTRICT:
Glennallen Subdistrict permit holders that are using a fish wheel
must check the fish wheel at least once every 10 hours and remove
all fish from the fish wheel.
Anglers please consult the Chitina Fishery Brochure for an overview
of land status, legal fishery access points and private property
The road from O'Brien Creek to Haley Creek is CLOSED to ALL TRAFFIC.
DOT has no plans to repair the landslide at this time.
Remember: Littering carries a fine of $1,000. YOU are responsible
for putting your garbage in the litter barrels and dumpsters or
hauling it out. The contractor in charge of hauling out garbage
is responsible only for emptying garbage cans and the dumpster --
he is not contracted to pick up litter. No Access fee will be charged
this year to participate in the Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use
Dipnet Fishery. Please respect trespass signage and private lands.
Copper River Chitina Personal Use Fishery
What is "Personal Use"?
"Personal use" is a legally defined type of fishery. It
is defined as "the taking, attempting to take or possession
of finfish, shellfish or aquatic plants by an individual Alaskan
for consumption as food or use as bait by that individual or his
For fishing and hunting purposes, the Alaska State Legislature has
defined a resident as "a person who is physically present in
Alaska with the intent to remain indefinitely and makes a home here,
has maintained that person's domicile in Alaska for 12 consecutive
months immediately preceding an application for a license and not
claiming residency or obtaining benefits under a claim of residency
in another state, territory or country."
The Board of Fisheries established personal use fisheries to allow
Alaskan residents to harvest fish for food in areas that are not
eligible for subsistence fisheries, such as Cook Inlet.
Personal use fisheries are only allowed when they won't jeopardize
sustained yield of the resource, and won't negatively impact an
existing resource use, and are in the broad public interest.
It is unlawful to buy, sell, trade or barter personal use finfish,
shellfish, aquatic plants, or their parts.
Personal use is for Alaskan residents only
Only Alaskan residents may participate in personal use fisheries,
and by regulation, only those holding a valid Alaska resident sport
fishing license, or ADF&G Permanent Identification Card (senior
license), or ADF&G Disabled Veteran's license may participate
in these fisheries.
Alaska resident youth under 16 do not have to purchase a sport
fishing license to participate. However, they must meet the residency
Non-residents MAY NOT participate in personal use fisheries. Participation
includes, but is not limited to, handling the gear, handling the
fish, or driving the boat.
Who may receive personal use fish
Finfish, shellfish, or aquatic plants harvested in personal use
fisheries may not be given to non-family members (except when proxy
fishing), because personal use is defined as "taking, attempting
to take or possession by an individual for consumption as food or
use as bait by that individual or his immediate family."
Personal use fish may be used for food or for bait.
A permit may also be required
A permit is required to participate in the Chitina subdistrict personal
use dipnet fishery. Also required is an Alaska resident sport fishing
license, ADF&G senior license or ADF&G Disabled Veteran's
Households MAY NOT HOLD BOTH the Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use
Permit AND the Glennallen Subdistrict Subsistence permit. Households
must choose one or the other permit.
Households that are found to have received both the Chitina personal
use permit and the Glennallen subsistence permit may be subject
to fines and loss of future personal use fishing privileges.
Personal use permits are household permits. This means that only
one permit is required per household. However, all participating
members of the household who are 16 years old or older must also
have an Alaska resident sport fishing license, ADF&G senior
license or ADF&G Disabled Veteran's license to participate,
and must be named on the permit.
Permits must be filled in each time you
You must record the date, location, and harvest by species each
time you fish. You must fill in this information even if you did
not catch any fish - write "0" in the space provided for
The salmon must be recorded on the permit before it is concealed
from plain view, such as put in a cooler, or before the salmon is
transported from the fishing site, such as your vehicle. Failure
to record the salmon on the permit is a violation, and may be subject
to fines and loss of future personal use fishing privileges.
Sample Permit: If you went dipnetting and harvested fish:
Sample Permit: If you went
dipnetting and harvested fish during a supplemental period:
Sample Permit: If you went
dipnetting and did not harvest any fish:
Sample Permit: If you did
not go dipnetting:
Permit Requirements - Read
Permits must be returned to ADF&G
Each household permit is also a harvest recording document. You
must return your permit to ADF&G at the end of the fishing season,
by the date specified on the permit, even if you did not use the
permit, and even if you did use the permit but did not catch anything.
Failure to return the permit is a violation of 5 AAC 77.015(c)
and may be subject to a $200 fine and loss of your personal use
Harvest information recorded on the permit is used to monitor
the fisheries and to ensure conservation and sustained yield of
to get the permit
You can obtain a Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Salmon Permit
at many of the vendors who sell Alaska sport fishing licenses, or
at your local ADF&G, Sport Fish Division office. See Helpful
Personal use salmon required to be "marked"
By regulation, you must "mark" salmon harvested in a personal
use fishery in which a permit is required by clipping both tips
of the tail fin. Many people use strong kitchen shears to cut off
both tips of the tail fin.
Because it is unlawful to buy, sell, trade or barter personal use
fish or their parts, a person may not possess personal use salmon
that was taken under the authority of a permit unless both tips
of the tail fin have been removed from the salmon. The salmon must
be marked before the salmon is concealed from plain view, such as
put in a cooler, or before the salmon is transported from the fishing
site, such as your vehicle. Failure to mark the salmon is a violation,
and may be subject to fines and loss of future personal use fishing
Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Salmon
The total yearly harvest from the Chitina Subdistrict is 15 salmon
for a household of one (only one of which may be a king salmon).
The toal yearly harvest for a household of two or more is 30 salmon
(only one of which may be a king salmon).
Sometimes during the season, the Department will issue an emergency
order which allows an additional 10 red (sockeye) salmon to be
taken per permit. You can monitor Chitina dipnet emergency orders
from the Chitina homepage.
There is no harvest guarantee
A lot of variables go into a successful dipnetting trip -- run
strength of the salmon, timing of the run, tides, weather, wind,
other fisheries, skill, and luck may all play a part.
As with any other type of fishery, whether it is fly-fishing,
spin casting, or commercial fishing, there is no guarantee of
bringing home fish. Instead, this fishery offers Alaskan residents
the opportunity to harvest fish.
You can improve your chances of success by being informed about
the tides, weather, historical characteristics of the run, schedule
of other fisheries, and other variables. Most of this information
is available on the Internet or recorded telephone hot lines.
See the Helpful Links, below
Legal gear: dipnet
In 5 AAC 39.105 of the Alaska Administrative Code, a dipnet is defined
- A bag-shaped net supported on all sides by a rigid frame;
- The maximum straight-line distance between any two points on
the net frame, as measured between any two points on the net frame,
as measured through the net opening, may not exceed five feet;
- The depth of the bag must be at least one-half of the greatest
straight-line distance, as measured through the net opening;
- No portion of the bag may be constructed of webbing that exceeds
a stretched measurement of 4.5 inches;
- The frame must be attached to a single rigid handle and be operated
ADFG Helpful links
Fact Sheet [Dipnetting 101]
& Personal Use Emergency Orders
Region Commercial Fishery Emergency Order openings
to get your permit
Subdistrict Personal Use Salmon Fishery Harvest and Effort
Printable Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Regulations
Management Plans (This link is to the Table of Contents for the
Alaska Administrative Code. Please note the number of the management
plan you are interested in reading, and enter that as a search term.)
In-season Miles Lake sonar estimates
Board of Fisheries
Alaska Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement
Boating safety and regulations Hotline recordings
Copper River (Chitina) dipnetting information
ADFG Taped recordings:
In Fairbanks: 907-459-7382
In Glennallen: (907) 822-5224