Folker Street Fish Display - 61° 10' 44" N, 149° 49' 51" W

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Catch Care

Alaska Salmon is nutritious and delicious. To ensure a great meal, you need the right equipment for catching and harvesting your fish.

Angler Stewardship

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.

Removing Hooks

  • 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.

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