King Salmon (Fall Catch)


King salmon is the king of the salmon, and in more than one way. While certainly the largest of the salmon (the world record was 126 lbs!), it is also considered by many to be the most delicious. The soft and flaky flesh has a pleasant mild salmon taste and a luscious rich, almost buttery, flavor. If you love king, mine is the best.

Preorder Preorder Period:
January 1 - June 15.

Your seafood will ship to your doorstep on September via FedEx Express after the fishing season. I will announce the exact ship date June 15.

I offer my king in portions only. Because kings are large, fillets tend to be impractically massive. Even the portions are larger than sockeye or coho––about 1 lb. each, but as small as 0.75 lbs. or as large as 2 lbs. each.

I offer my king salmon in pin bone in and now, for the first time, pin bone out. 

I vacuum seal my salmon in heavy 5mm bags and pack them in sturdy waxed presentation boxes. Your fresh-frozen seafood will keep in your freezer in pristine condition for at least 12 months.

Who, Where, When, & How:

  1. Who Caught It? 
    I did. Traveler Taj Terpening. My crew of 2 or 3 help out too. My Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) permit number is S04T 60089E. Some years I don't catch enough king for my customers so a friend sends me some of his--caught and cut for us.
  2. Where Was it Caught?
    On the Ugashik River in Western, Alaska. The town of Pilot Point is nearby (population 69). I fish at just upriver from my cabins on my Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Shore Fisheries Lease (S 09° 11" W 15222', tract A on diagram 1309). If caught by my friend then it comes from southeast Alaska.
  3. When is this Species Caught?
    King salmon return to our river in late May and early July. I catch most of my king in Late June and early July. Fishing generally opens in the first or second week of June with a period called "free week," where fishermen can fish a 5 day a week schedule. When free week ends mid-June, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) opens the fishery on a day to day basis via announcements over the radio.
  4. How was this Caught?
    My permit allows me to catch salmon by setnet, which is a style of fishing using a short net (50 fathoms) stretched from shore. I pick fish from the net by hand and immediately gill, gut, and pressure bleed each one. The salmon then rest in slush ice until I cary them up the beach to my fillet cabin for filleting, vac bagging and blast freezing. In many cases my fish are frozen within a hour or two of being caught.

Interesting king salmon info:

  • The longest known trip ever taken by a salmon was a king salmon that traveled 3,845 km upstream to spawn.
  • On March 25th 1963, the Chinook salmon became the official state fish of Alaska

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