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Old 05-26-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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I want to get a boat to dipnet above the bridge. looking for recommendations on a boat/motor combo that won't break the bank....if there is such a thing! a used boat is most likely what I am looking for. I was told to get a boat with rounded sides so I can use it in the sound too.
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Old 05-26-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I would check in the Alaska Outdoors Forum: http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ska-Dipnetting
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Old 05-26-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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I posted something similar there too, was just comparing and you never know what someone has for sale. I didn't know about the 2017 dipnetting in the sticky area though, thanks.
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Old 05-27-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I want to get a boat to dipnet above the bridge. looking for recommendations on a boat/motor combo that won't break the bank....if there is such a thing! a used boat is most likely what I am looking for. I was told to get a boat with rounded sides so I can use it in the sound too.
It's getting very crowded above the bridge, and you have to do a lot of drifting to catch any salmon. But if you still want to do it, any aluminum flat bottom boat, or even one with a light V will do. A friend and I do that each year, but in the past two years we have had to spend a lot of fuel to catch around 25 salmon each.

We don't like to spend more than 1-1/2 day drifting, but if you can spend around three days and nights (the latter to catch a few hours of sleep), you may do OK depending on the number of salmon on the runs. The problem with dipping above the bridge is that you are limited to drifting because there aren't but a very few spots to dip from the rocks across the river, and the lucky ones getting a spots hold on to them for days at a time.

Some people use inflatable boats such as Zodiac and others. A 14-foot Zodiac with a 25HP motor (propeller) can be used above and below the bridge.
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Old 05-27-2017, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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No boating experience, no dip netting experience, no boat knowledge, no knowledge of said river, and you think it is a good idea to just buy a used boat that is unfamiliar to you and plop into the Copper River and go fishing? Is this correct? If so, please understand the risk involved before you do it, it not something to be taken lightly. It has inherent safety risks that can easily injure or kill any on the boat and/or nearby.

Learning to boat on a swift, powerful, heavily silt laden river during a circus is a disaster waiting to happen.

I strongly suggest you take the "Boating and Seamanship" safety course provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.
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Old 05-27-2017, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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I grew up on the Yukon and have been boating on most of the major rivers in Alaska. I was taken aback the first time I saw the Copper. This is a "different breed of cat". Don't mess with this river.

I have fished in boats above the bridge with my two brothers. Also fished below the bridge.

Don't take this river lightly.
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I grew up on the Yukon and have been boating on most of the major rivers in Alaska. I was taken aback the first time I saw the Copper. This is a "different breed of cat". Don't mess with this river.

I have fished in boats above the bridge with my two brothers. Also fished below the bridge.

Don't take this river lightly.
I assumed that the OP knew the Copper River when I responded. That said, I am in complete agreement with you about the extreme danger one is exposed to when on the Copper. I remember a time when going down the canyon on a boat there was this big depression in the water at the left side of the river. The rest of the water was nice and flat, but the surface of the hole in the water was about 2 feet lower than the rest of the river. There was no whirlpool I could see, just this very wide round depression. It was nothing but scary.

And for boaters alone, a very dangerous river in the interior is the Klutina.
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:21 PM
 
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Is it possible to dip net at the mouth of the copper? How dangerous is the mouth?
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Old 05-29-2017, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Is it possible to dip net at the mouth of the copper? How dangerous is the mouth?
Possible? Yes. You know that Cordova is not connected to the "main" road system in Alaska, and one would need to fly or take a ferry to get there, yes?

Legal, I think not; http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/re...pu-fishery.pdf .

Dangerous? Assuredly.
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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Possible? Yes. You know that Cordova is not connected to the "main" road system in Alaska, and one would need to fly or take a ferry to get there, yes?

Legal, I think not; http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/re...pu-fishery.pdf .

Dangerous? Assuredly.
I am aware, I was thinking with a cub on floats it would not take a whole lot to get to the mouth. But since its not legal then its a moot point.
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