Our Dipnetting Trip in Kenai, Alaska - Alaska Family Photographer
We had a very successful dipnetting season this year! We camped for 3 days on the beach, and ended up hauling away 59 fish, we packaged 109 lbs of fresh Alaska salmon, and brought home 16 lbs to smoke. The kids really love doing it, but it was hard work! It was overcast, cold, and so windy on the beach.
We have stayed at the city campground before, and after this experience I can say that it is worth it to stay on the beach. It does take a bit of work to set up camp. But, having the tent there to hang out with when you are not fishing, and having a place to eat all your meals makes it so nice. You don’t have to haul all of your gear back and forth, and if you’re in it to get fish….this is the way to do it.
I did come away with one thing that I would change next year. The first being that we hauled way to much stuff down to the beach to camp with. We need to become way more minimalist, and really only bring absolute essentials. It is exhausting dragging anything through the sand, let alone walking in it.
The second thing that I decided is that it is so worth it to pay for a shower at the Kenai Wash and Dry. You feel like a new person! Sharing a tent with stinky kids isn’t fun, so get them a shower too!
My last tip is to fillet your fish, and then have https://customseafoods.com/ package and flash freeze it for you. Every day after fishing, my husband fillets the fish on the beach, and then I run it over to Custom Seafoods in Soldotna to drop it off to be packaged. They hold onto it for us for the days we are in town, and when we leave we stop by pick up our beautifully packaged fish. When I get home I throw it in the freezer, and go on my marry way. It does cost something to have it done, but to me it’s worth it.