ANCHORAGE - Biologists said a late spring has apparently delayed the return of salmon to the Copper River, a source of some of the most coveted Alaska salmon.
State Fish and Game biologists said they would have liked to see more than 100,000 fish in the river by Wednesday.
Instead, about half that number showed up.
The weak return has delayed commercial fishing off the mouth of the river until at least Monday.
The first opening of the popular personal-use dipnet fishery upstream on the Copper near Chitina could also be delayed.