Now that dip nets are legal gear for reds and chums on the Kuskokwim, figuring out how do use them effectively and efficiently is the next step.
Dip nets will not be allowed 24 hours a day/every day, but only during specific periods when chums and reds far outnumber the king salmon – generally starting around mid June. Remember, any king salmon caught while dip netting must be returned to the river alive.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has put together a video on how to dip net from a boat. Although the following video was filmed in the Copper River at Chitna, the methods should be similar for the Kuskokwim.
THE FIN CLIPPING, LICENSE REQUIREMENTS AND REPORTING OF CATCH MENTIONED IN THE VIDEO IS NOT REQUIRED HERE IN TEH KUSKOKWIM.
THE TECHNIQUE OF DIP NETTING FROM THE BOAT IS THE MESSAGE WE WANT TO GET ACROSS HERE.
We’re looking forward to trying our luck out in front of Napaimute, and when we get it figured out we may make a video of our own…so stay tuned!
To access the video shown below, click on this link (other videos on this same page show the technique from shore and other dip net related items): http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=PersonalUsebyAreaInteriorChitina.video
Most everyone will be looking for a good net source, and cheaper ones can likely be purchased at places like Costco, while sturdier custom nets can be bought from Ron’s Custom Nets in Chugiak (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rons-custom-dip-nets/54/596/281) as well as a few other sources on the Kenai Peninsula (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Welding/210581465650018).
Shipping would cost approximately $75 per net to rural villages.
It is possible that some local entrepreneurs in Bethel, Kalskag and other villages may be building nets locally so hopefully the cost will be substantially lower.
If locals do make nets, we’ll be sure to pass that information along.