Bristol Bay Bulletin — Smoked Fish

How to Smoke Salmon: The Tradition of Fishtival and Smoking Fish

How to Smoke Salmon: The Tradition of Fishtival and Smoking Fish

The highlight of our year is Fishtival, an annual celebration when we, your Alaskan fishermen are able to share the year’s catch with our community.  During this fun and festive event, we mark the end of the fishing season, welcome home our fishermen, and perhaps most importantly - share our favorite ways to enjoy salmon, especially the unique tastes and traditions of smoked salmon.    Why Smoked Salmon? At Wild...
Filling Your Freezer and Putting Up Fish

Filling Your Freezer and Putting Up Fish

In bush Alaska, the tradition of “putting up” fish is a rewarding and time-consuming part of everyone’s summer. As is the tradition of most Alaska native cultures, the summer task was, and still is for many, to catch and preserve fish to eat throughout the winter. Along the Kenai River every summer, thousands of Alaskans dip-net in order to fill their freezers. Commercial fishermen make sure to stick around for...