While it started with a sputter, the Copper River salmon season has been running smoother in recent weeks.

ADFG Area Biologist Jeremy Botz told IntraFish on Tuesday there is currently a "secondary summer peak" that is stronger than anticipated, allowing the fishery to have a regular 24 to 36-hour fishing schedule.

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Since June 12, the cumulative sonar count of fish expected to pass through Miles Lake Sonar Station, where fishery biologists count the Copper River escapement, has exceeded estimates.