When I was a kid, we went to fish camp each summer up and down the Koyukuk River. I’ve written about it a couple times on the Athabascan Woman blog.
- Fish Camp Life – Koyukuk River – Posted on 21 August | 2013
- Fish Camp Barbie – Posted on 25 July | 2013
- Summer Fish Camp – Posted on 8 June | 2013
- Koyukuk River Fish Camp Memories – Posted on 26 August | 2012
Each summer, my family goes dipnetting for salmon on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. My daughter, Janessa, and I created a short video of our experience.
If you are planning to go dipnetting for the first time, here is a supply list that might help you get started. I’m sure there is a lot more information about it online. Be sure to research the rules and regulations on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
- Scissors to cut fins
- Knife to fillet fish
- Fish club
- Cutting board, table or surface to gut fish
- Chest Waders
- Hat and gloves (waterproof)
- Rain jacket if needed
- Extra set of clothes
- Food and beverages
- Bucket to wash fish
- Fishing license and harvest ticket
- Other camping supplies to be comfortable
- Extra person to assist
I am sure I’m missing something from this list. Feel free to comment below with any other supplies you would bring. What tips do you have for newbies?
Here is a photo of my husband and daughter from our trip to the mouth of the Kenai River in July. It takes about 2.5-3 hours to drive down to the Kenai River from Anchorage.
My husband, Sarbelio, cuts the salmon. We all work as a team to cut up and put the salmon in our freezer. We eat it over the winter.
Salmon supplement our food supply over the winter. It tastes great, and there are a lot of ways to preserve, prepare and cook salmon. I feel grateful that I can still harvest salmon like my ancestors did, even though it is in a different way.