Iced out salmon?

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The season of the salmon in the year of the COVID is not starting off well in the 49th state.

A dismal opening for the fabled Copper River salmon fishery on Thursday was followed by a better but still grim day for Cordova gillnetters on Tuesday when a 12-hour fishing period ended with landings of less than 25 percent of the day’s projected catch of about 29,000 salmon.

The more than 400 commercial fishermen who took to the water finished the day with an average catch of less than 16 fish per boat.Personal-use dipnetters on the Kenai River south of Anchorage regularly do better.

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