Hey readers! Who would ever imagine I will be fishing the world-known salmon at the copper river in Chitina, Alaska. I have never had salmon before just because I don't usually eat stuff that I have never tried before but here I am going to my second fishing trip. I promised myself to never indulge ingesting the wild salmon since it has been infested with the so called anisakis parasite!(only common in wild salmon) Eww right? But they say that if you want to avoid eating the squiggly insightful creatures make sure to freeze them for seven days at -20ºC [-4ºF] or below or for 15 hours at -35ºC [-31ºF] or below if you plan to consume them raw.(not me! I am not a sushi fan). But if you want it cooked make sure the internal part of the fish would reach 140ºF for these parasites to be killed. Are you still interested now that your salmon might have a party of these worms? =D
Anyway, my blog will cover on how to fish at the crowded Chitina and where to camp in case you guys are staying for a night or two over the weekend.
First, you have to visit this website: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=home.main to determine what kind of fishing license you qualify for. Is it commercial, sport, subsistence or personal use all depends on how you are going to catch, dispose, where you plan to fish and where you come from or how long have you been here in Alaska as a resident.
Second, go to your favorite sports store to shop for a reliable dip net, pair of scissors for cutting the gills, rope (to tie yourself unto something to hold you in place and keep from falling), club/baton-stick(to kill the fish)
Third, know which is the best route to reach Chitina.
Fourth, gather information on the web for your options where to camp you'll be amazed on how many places you can find with or without fees.
Fifth, Find the right spot to fish.
And of course you have to plan your trip with a few meals ahead. Bring any kinds of food you may want to prepare while camping (bring a camping pan along with your camping stove if you don't have a camper). In our case we always have a readily available propak which only needs water and is ready to serve. We also bring canned foods like tuna, corned beef or chili.You can also grab your plastic egg rack and fill it with eggs for breakfast. My husband usually eats oatmeal along with any meat so a pack of oatmeal is recommended and easy to prepare. And for me as an Asian, I always go with the rice, I can never go wrong with that. And maybe just maybe cup noodles...=D
I would really advise for you to dress-up accordingly. Pack a few pair of clothes in case you might get wet while fishing. You can bring rubber boots but a sneakers will probably be alright. When fishing towards evening it tends to be cooler than usual and the breeze aren't that friendly.