Trollers in Southeast Alaska provide fresh king salmon nearly year round, but the runs of reds and kings to the Copper River mark the "official start" of Alaska's salmon season.
On May 15, a fleet of more than 570 fishermen set out their nets on a beautiful day for the first 12-hour opener amidst the usual hype for the first fish.
"We've got a lot of people riding around in the sky checking out the conditions, and a lot of people are getting ready to move the fish to other places for First Fish celebrations," said Kim Ryals, executive director of the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association.
... Prices for the first fish dipped a bit -- Copper River Seafoods posted advance sockeye prices at $3.50 and $6 for kings; that compares to $4 and $6-$7, respectively, for last year's opener.
... A special locator app tells where Copper River salmon is being sold, and customers also can upload information. www.copperriversalmon.org. The Copper River forecast calls for a catch of 1.8 million sockeyes and 33,000 kings this summer.
There's more info at the link. Fish on!