December 5, 2012
It is December and the State of Alaska’s Board of Fish is meeting in Naknek to deliberate over proposals that will affect sport, subsistence and commercial regulations throughout the state. The cold is extreme and weather in different parts of the state caused the conference to start late because of travel delays. The conference is […]
June 27, 2012
We love our King Salmon in Bristol Bay and it shows. The Kings are the prized by-catch, of the commercial fishermen who pursue red salmon, that show up at most unexpected times when we pull our gear over the gunwales of our skiffs or through the rollers of our powerboats. I love the exultant expression […]
June 25, 2012
We have been getting ready and waiting for our first opening. The fish have been slow to move so we have been taking our time getting our buoys and lines out in stages. My daughter has been a good helper and is eager to be more involved in our operation. It is good to have […]
June 20, 2012
Some paths are always good to return to and now that my kids are getting older I am able to share more pathway with them. Tonight we walked long and far in the light wind and sun along the Naknek River beach. First hitting the beach above the city dock at the old Red […]
June 6, 2012
Last weekend a series of minus tides began and that was our cue to inspect and re-set our set-net anchors if necessary. We were fortunate enough that out of the eight anchors that hold our lines in place for the summer, only one had to be driven. The river ice was kind and didn’t freeze […]
May 30, 2012
It’s that time. School is almost out and we are packing up to point ourselves to the Naknek River in Bristol Bay. The birds have already flown and the salmon are on their way. We are on our way to meet them. Mel
May 28, 2012
Anna and Paul Chukan were raised on the salmon that migrated to the Naknek and Kvichak River systems. Anna was brought to Naknek from Levelock to marry my Great Grandpa, Paul, after the two of them survived the Great Flu that swept through Bristol Bay. From their line came my Grandmother Anisha and my mother. Mine […]
May 2, 2012
Naknek River is melting down after a very cold winter with lots of snow. I hear stories of the snowmelt and run-off from the land helping the salmon find their way home. It’s wonderful to think about and it is good to see our home stream shedding its ice to ready itself for all of […]
March 13, 2012
When I first started fishing at age 10 my great-grandpa, Paul Chukan, was still part of our family operation. It was not until my second or third season that I was given the opportunity to help pick fish. Up until that point I was only responsible for making sure that the fish made it up […]
March 5, 2012
Sometimes leftover salmon can taste as good as freshly cooked salmon, especially if you have just finished a satisfying ski. Earlier this season I shared a couple of bites of leftover Bristol Bay Naknek River King Salmon belly with my friend Jen in the Eaglecrest parking lot after we had taken some runs together and […]
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