Slow Copper run has fish sellers looking elsewhere

The Copper River District’s commercial fishery is closed as of noon Tuesday, and there was a 12-hour subsistence fishing opening Monday. The sonar count through Sunday was 73,130 fish, far short of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s anticipated count of more than 211,000 fish.

“With the Copper River fishery on hold to allow the fish to get up the river and spawn we have had to look other places for fresh sockeyes,” said Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods in Anchorage.

The good news, Southall said, is that other fish aren’t being as finicky as the Copper River salmon.

“The salmon are starting to show up around the state, allowing the fisherman to target these cold-water beauties,” he said. “King salmon are the name of the game this week and will fit on top of any grill top perfectly. We will have net-caught kings in house all week long.”

Southall said the kings are $10.95 per pound for headed and cleaned fish and $16.95 per pound for fillets. Troll-caught kings from Southeast are $21.95 per pound for fillets. Sockeye salmon also will be available headed and gutted or as fillets.

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