Thoughts on Alaskan Dipnetting

Last week’s oddball fishing method was “skishing.” This week, it’s Alaskan dipnetting. From this AP story: Sean Boulay had a … Continued

Last week’s oddball fishing method was “skishing.” This week, it’s Alaskan dipnetting.

From this AP story:
Sean Boulay had a grin plastered across his face a couple of hours after donning his waders, wheeling his blue and white cooler onto the sand and sticking a large net into the water. The unsuspecting sockeye salmon soon were swimming into his net one after another, and Boulay eventually had a string of fish in the cold water of the world-renowned Kenai River. His catch was the result of a uniquely Alaskan activity called dipnetting. For a few precious weeks in midsummer, residents obtain free permits to dip homemade nets into the water and catch fish that will fill their freezers and pantries for months to come.

Each head of household is entitled to 25 fish, with each additional member allowed 10 each. That adds up to hundreds of dollars worth of some of the best wild salmon on the planet. “I got two fish in 10 minutes right off the bat,” said Boulay, an Anchorage hospital employee. “I bet I’m going to walk away with 30 fish.” Dipnetting permit numbers have more than doubled since 1996 when the current regulations were adopted. Last year, nearly 30,000 dipnetting permits were issued and 339,993 sockeye salmon were pulled from the Kenai. The season occurs during peak salmon migration on the Kenai River. Sonar devices that count the fish in the river indicated a total of 741,721 fish passed by in July, demonstrating how it is so easy for residents to scoop up so many fish by throwing a net in the water.

Not very sporting, but I guess that’s not the point, is it? Your thoughts?