Alaska Salmon is nutritious and delicious. To ensure a great meal, you need the right equipment for catching and harvesting your fish.
Proper fishing practices help preserve Alaska's abundant salmon resources and fishing opportunities.
- Keep only fish that you will use. Release the rest unharmed.
- Keep injured fish unless prohibited by size or bag limit regulations.
- Follow fishing regulations and help protect salmon habitat.
Extended fighting adversely affects the quality of fish you harvest and survival rates of fish you release.
- Keep your fish in the water until you know it's a "keeper."
- Avoid bruising—don't let fish flop about.
- Use a soft or knotless mesh landing net.
- Use needle-nose pliers to back the hook out.
- Remove hooks quickly and gently with your fish in the water.
- When hooked deeply, cut the line and leave the hook in the fish.
- Keep fish in the water as much as possible.
- Handle fish with wet hands.
- Cradle large fish gently with both hands.
- Keep your fingers out of the gills and eyes.
- Never squeeze your fish.
- Quickly stun your catch with a sharp blow to the back of the head.
- Don't kick or toss your fish. This will bruise the flesh.
- Bleed your catch immediately—cut through the gill arch, allowing blood to pump out.
- Gut fish right after bleeding and remove the kidney "blood line" with your thumb or a spoon.
- Keep fish cool until cooking or processing.