Kodiak Alaska salmon fishing

Kodiak Island Alaska commercial salmon fishing

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netted (86 kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Fish caught in purse seine.
Fish in the purse that's what it is all about to a commercial salmon fisherman. The purse is the last part of the net to be hauled onto the deck of a purse seiner. Kathy Ann is a purse seiner.

shark(51kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Salmon shark.
Yes, there are sharks in Alaskan waters also. This is a shark on deck of the Kathy Ann, caught while fishing for salmon.

Sitka black-tailed deer(46kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Sitka black tailed deer on beach.
Sitka black tail deer roam the beach at the fishing grounds. A natural setting where Sitka black tailed deer roam the wilderness area of Kodiak Island coastal area that meets Shelikof Strait.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Wendy Ann - commercial purse seine boat.
Salmon purse-seiner Wendy Ann, in front of a rugged cliff of the Kodiak Island coast. Wendy Ann is a sister ship to the Kathy Ann, the salmon fishing boat that Doug fished on.

fishing sockeye in Shelikof Strait (34kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Commercial fishing boat working.
Salmon purse-seiner Terry Rae, with her net in the water -- hoping to catch a load of red (sockeye) salmon. In the background across Shelikof Strait are snow-covered mountains showing the natural beauty of Mainland Alaska.

sockeye(63kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Salmon in purse seine.
A better view of salmon caught in a net as the purse closes.

Shelikof Strait rugged coast line (49kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Fishing boat anchorage in Shelikof Strait.
Rugged coastline of Kodiak Island. Fishing boat anchorage on the western side of Kodiak Island gives protection from the storms that sometimes rage in Shelikof Strait.

Spiridon Bay fog (54kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Spiridon Bay fog.
Salmon fishing boats anchored in foggy Spiridon Bay (approximately 10 miles from Larsen Bay) waiting for the salmon season to open.

lichen(66kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Wild flowers lichen on mountain top.
Wild flowers and lichen on a mountaintop that overlooks Larsen Bay. Hiking the mountains around Larsen Bay village, learning about nature, plants and wildlife.

Karluk Lake(48kb jpg)
Photo credit Douglas Jager. Mountains overlooking Karluk Lake sockeye spawning grounds.
Hiking approximately 10 miles from Larsen Bay over snow covered mountains to the mountains overlooking Karluk Lake with 100 lbs. of camping gear. This picture was taken in the first week of October 1996 just before Doug returned to Georgia. Karluk Lake is one of Kodiak Islands largest sockeye (red) salmon spawning grounds. Karluk Lake's river is approximately 18 miles long -- ending at Karluk village where Karluk river empties into Shelikof Strait. Juvenile sockeye (red) salmon may spend up to 4 years at Karluk Lake before migrating to sea and weigh only a few ounces. In sea water the sockeye (red) salmon grow quickly and reach a size of 4 to 8 pounds in 1 to 4 years. The same sockeye salmon that left Karluk Lake return to Karluk Lake spawn and die.

Bill Jager

Alaska Pictures Salmon fishing on Kodiak Island

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