Great Alaska Adventure Lodge guides release all native Trout, Char and Steelhead species, and we encourage sustainable harvest levels for all salmon. We are catch and release on all Kenai River King salmon, regardless of current regulations to protect this fragile and important fishery. As the saying goes, "Limit your kill....don't kill your limit! That being said, there is no doubt that keeping and bringing home salmon and Halibut to share with friends and family can be an an integral part of the Alaska fishing experience for many of our guests. Great Alaska Adventures believes in a sustainable harvest at all times and when runs are healthy we do practice harvest within the current guidelines and limits. Harvesting wild game is a great privilege and responsibility, and so getting it home quickly and as fresh as the day you caught it is one of our priorities.
Great Alaska uses the best game processor on the peninsula, Custom Seafoods. They are a spot on processor of wild game and will take excellent care of your catch. You can also purchase addition fish (King crab or smoked salmon, for example) and have that shipped with your own fish. WE RECOMMEND SHIPPING FISH HOME.
When you do choose bring home salmon, here is some information about our salmon and Halibut processing. All fish retained are filleted, wrapped and frozen as part of the package price. - our processor will hold the fish to a convenient date to ship overnight to your home or office. this is the most convenient and also expensive route as it avoids extra bag fees from the airlines as well as schlepping the fish through the airport on the way home. Overnight shipping my run to 300.00 for a box- but for many folks it's a small price to pay to share your catch with friends and family.
Although we discourage it, you may also choose to take the fish with you, however your last days catch (or sometimes last 2 days) are not able to be processed that soon. Some additional processing (like smoking ) require a minimum amount (say 10 pounds) and require 5 days to complete. All processing is direct between client and Custom Seafoods. We only deliver the fish. They will be your contact if you have any questions.
All fish are filleted by your guide as part of the package price. Once the fish are filleted by your guide, the fish are bagged and put in a referidgerator. Each day, the fish are then transported to the processor for vacuum sealing and flash freezing.This process of packaging and flash freezing into manageable size packages (typically about 1-2 lb.) takes us about 12 - 24 hours to return your catch back to you. Vacuum sealing provides maximum protection against freezer burn. Then we flash freeze it at -40 F. for approximately 4 hours. Vacuum packaged seafood if stored refrigerated and unopened, will last no more than 4-5 days; if it is stored frozen, you can expect about one year of shelf life.
This is a process of curing your Wild Salmon and Halibut in a salt and sugar brine. It is then smoked very gradually to an internal temperature of 145 F. This will yield approximately 40% from a whole fish, and about 80% from fillet form. We use alder chips to enhance the natural flavor of the salmon. The brine for curing contains salt, sugar, spices, and no preservatives. Once it is vacuum packaged into 6-8 oz packages, your product will require refrigeration of 38 F or below. You can expect to achieve about 30 days of shelf life while refrigerated and about 1 year of shelf life if kept frozen. All of this takes +/- 5 days to complete ....... $ prices subject to change
Remember that all smoked fish take longer to process, and you'll have to plan on shipping fish home if it is smoked, as it takes 5 full days for the smoking process. Great Alaska recommends shipping fish home - if you plan to bring it home with you there are a number of issue that can
Rates for shipping overnight are rising every year, and because of that we recommend taking the fish home with you as an extra piece of luggage if possible, however for your information and for planning purposes, here here is a typical 2013 rate for Federal Express:
Currently, a 50 pound box of Salmon and Halibut shipped overnight from our lodge to New York City can range from $250.00 to over $300.00 for overnight options. We recommend bringing it back with you on the plane as a piece of luggage for the best value. If you have any questions about the above information, please contact Great Alaska Adventure Lodge on our toll free line at 866.411.2327 or by contact us here.