Frequently asked DIPNET charter questions

Dipnet Charter, Chitina Charter, Copper River Charter, Zodiac Charter, Dip Net Charter, Excursions

What is provided on the charter?

  • Dipnets with optional $10 loss protection. 
  • We will demonstrate location specific dipnetting techniques and work with you throughout the charter to perfect those skills.
  • We will assist you with removing fish from net, clubbing, gilling, clipping fins and placing your catch in your cooler or our totes. 
  • Will assist you in filling out your harvest ticket. 
  • We will have on hand bug repellent, sunscreen, toilet paper and honey bucket, basic first aid kit, and bear spray. 
  • All required USCG equipment will be provided.
  • Top-of-the-line, NRS personal flotation devices (Life Jackets) are provided.  
  • We will provide various snacks & water.  If you have specific dietary needs or just prefer your own food, please feel free to bring it. 

What do I need to bring?

  • Fishing License and Permits, which may be purchased at most stores (e.g. Sportsmen's Warehouse, Cabelas, Carrs/Safeway etc.) or online at  See Fishing Licenses for specific guidelines.
  • Weather appropriate clothing!  Alaska can bring cool, to downright cold temperatures in the summer, so hats, gloves, and layers are a good idea.  On the flip side, sun and warmth could be in abundance. In this case, sunglasses, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses will serve you well.  Rain gear is a must, as are warm socks (your feet will be in glaciated water).  Keep in mind that synthetic materials dry better that cotton.
  • Camera, extra batteries, memory card, or film.
  • Any medications that you may need, please bring 24 hours worth just in case. 
  • Small backpack or dry bag to keep belongings in.  Also, a ziplock baggie or other water repellent bag to keep phone, wallet, and any other valuables you don't want to get wet. 
  • Cooler with ice for your fish on the boat or otherwise you can use our 28 gallon totes. Keep in mind a large 160 qt cooler can weight as much as 325lbs when full. 

Cancellation policy?

We understand that life happens.  If you are in need of canceling a trip, please let us know as soon as possible.  If rescheduling is available, we will work with you to do so but a $25 rebooking fee will apply per reservation.  The sooner you let us know, the better chance of a refund.  Due to the nature of our seasonal business and remote location, if canceling is ultimately what you need to do we offer full refunds for cancellation 14 days or greater from the date of the trip.  For cancellations within 14 days we offer a 50% refund, and for less than 72 hours notification there will be no refund allowed.

Though extremely unlikely, please note we can not be responsible for Department of Fish & Game Emergency Orders that may negatively impact your trip. 

Customers will receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to  unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by email at to cancel or  by phone to inquire about a cancellation. No-shows  will be charged the full price. 

If you should  show up at your charter with the incorrect permit, you will not be allowed to fish but can still go on the boat as an observer only. 

Do you offer discounts?

Yes we do offer discounts on our fishing and dipnetting charters!  To honor our Greatest Generation, we offer The Greatest Discount.  With this discount any WWII veteran will fish FREE with AK eXpeditions.  All other military, retirees,  veterans  and first responders receive a $20 discount with proof of ID. Discounts not available on Big Game Hunts or Transports or in conjunction with other discounted fares such as Book the Boat or Show Specials.

Do I tip my guide and deckhand?

It is customary to tip your fishing guide (usually 10-20%) of the charter price, the guides strive to make your trip on the Copper River safe and memorable.  They prep the boat and gear, hustle on deck to assist you with your fish, clip the fins, bleed and sort them and ensure your permits are in compliance.  Having a fun, knowledgeable and upbeat crew can take the sting out of a tough day of fishing. A tip is always appreciated in recognition of a job well done regardless, of fishing success. Click on "More on Tipping"  for a great article by Orvis. 

More on Tipping

Are we guaranteed to catch fish?

Unfortunately, we cannot make any such guarantee. Although it is not  common to leave a trip empty handed, it can happen. We will  do everything in our power to give you the best possible chance to  catch fish.  In the end, fishing is often a fickle endeavor that is unpredictable based on water conditions, run timing, weather, and debris levels. It also relies much on the dipnetter's skill level and physical abilities.  It is our job to safely transport our clients on the Copper River and put them "over the fish."  We do so in comfort, safety and in a fun-filled enjoyable atmosphere. From there,  the remainder is up to the dipnetter to net the fish and ensure it is landed. It is unlawful for our crew to  pull up the net or fish on the dipnetter's behalf.  If the net is not pulled up fast enough, it is common for the fish to  escape before being hauled aboard.  Dipnetting is a physical endeavor, and the  level of skill and experience in  dipnetting  is directly related  to  its success.

Please understand, you are booking a charter to safely navigate the Copper River to dipping  locations along the river and use our crew, boats and dipnets to ATTEMPT to catch fish.  You are NOT booking a charter to be supplied with fish. As such it should be clear NO REFUNDS of any kind will be offered should you not be successful in catching any fish. There is  definitely a large amount of skill involved in dipnetting from a boat and that only comes with time on the water.