Three things to consider when fishing for the best salmon in Alaska

It’s the biggest state in the Union . It can take years to find an ideal spot.

I just returned from Copper River where I fished with one of our selected fishermen, Bill Webber. We caught some Wild Cohos (also known as Silvers) at the mouth of the Copper River. These fish are beautiful, bright and healthy. The color of the meat is a wonderful light red. I have secured our fish for this winter and made arrangements to have the best fish next year from fishermen that follow the highest standards set by the best fishermen in Copper River. See article on the criteria for great fish.

It can be dangerous just to put your line in the water!!!

One thing people don’t know and don’t appreciate is how dangerous it is to fish in Copper River. The weather gets nasty at times, especially in the late season when the Cohos are running. One of the days I was scheduled to go fishing with Bill Webber, it blew 80 miles per hour and there were 28 foot seas. Needless to say, I didn’t go out. Nobody else did either. Storms can come up suddenly, though, and there is nothing that can be done if a fisherman is caught out in a storm. All they can do is pray and hope they make it back. Many have died over the years making Copper River Coho kind of the Second Deadliest Catch.

King vs Silver?

After buying Copper River King Salmon for over 25 years, we discovered that our guests like Copper River Coho (Silver) just as well. What’s more, they are less expensive. Instead of a $45 entrée price for King, we can serve Coho for $20-$26 depending on the portion. Same Omega 3s so it is just as healthy. And I believe that Duke’s is the only restaurant that will have Copper River Cohos in the coming months. If you find it somewhere else, let me know. It is a rare treat for sure.

October 14, 2012
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