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Lots of fish, no crowds: Why dipnetting in the Copper River is better than the Kenai

  • Author: Loren Holmes
  • Updated: July 3, 2017
  • Published July 2, 2017

Every summer, thousands of Alaskans head to the mouth of the Kenai River, battling it out for their share of the personal-use sockeye salmon run, an annual event that many describe as "combat fishing." But 380 miles away in Chitina, on the banks of the Copper River, there is a lesser-known dipnet fishery where those hardy enough to make the journey are rewarded with few crowds, unparalleled scenery and plenty of fish.