The Copper River, Alaska fishing season — which kicks off the start of the Alaska salmon season — is tentatively scheduled to open on 15 May.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) will announce the actual opening date on 5 May.

ADF&G is predicting the 2014 sockeye salmon catch will be around 1.8 million fish, while the king salmon catch will be about 33,000 fish.

However, ADF&G is predicting an overall decrease in the commercial salmon harvest of 47 percent. Although the projected Alaska sockeye salmon harvest is 14 percent higher than in 2013, forecast for nearly 34 million. Plus, ADF&G projects 4.4 million coho and 19.9 million chum salmon.

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