Alaska Salmon Processing and Shipping Information
On this page we give an overview of Alaska fish processing, shipping and transport options. You have many options when handling your salmon catch after your depart our fishing lodge. The methods in which you handle fresh fillets are determined by your budget and preferences.
When you keep salmon at the lodge, your guide will fillet and freeze the fish for you. We do now have a commercial vacuum sealer which we can use to seal your fish. Upon leaving the lodge, you have two options to take your fish home. First is to bring up your own cooler as an additional piece of luggage and leave this cooler at our locked storage facility at Rust’s Flying Service. This will allow you to pack your frozen fillets upon your return from the lodge and check the cooler as your second piece of luggage if you have a direct flight heading home. In almost all domestic flights this works quite well. Insulated fish boxes are also available throughout Anchorage and are a great way to transport fillets and keep them frozen solid on your trip home. A second option would be to have the fish processed and shipped home. While at the lodge, you can fill out an order card and we will ensure that your fish are picked up by Alaska Sausage & Seafood Inc. in Anchorage. They can pack and ship fresh fillets, or smoke and package a mixed percentage of your fillets upon request. They will then ship the fresh/smoked fish to your home/office when you return from your vacation. Additional Alaska Sausage & Seafood information is available at their website: Alaska Sausage and Seafood, or for current pricing and options please call them directly at 1-800-798-3636. If you have additional travel plans after your stay with us, we do have a large chest freezer at our locked storage shed at Rust's Flying Service in Anchorage. This freezer may be used for a few days only to allow others space to store their fish. Finally, we are allocated a preferred 50 pound baggage limit per person on the float planes from the lodge to Anchorage. While we can generally freeze and fly back the daily limit for each angler during their trip, in the event there are guests who exceed this float plane weight limit, due to an extended stay, there may be additional costs to fly your fish home. This occurs when we need to charter a separate plane in advance of, or during, your scheduled departure to ensure that all of your fish is available to take home that day. Estimates for Taking Fish Home: As a planning tool, salmon typically yield 40-60% of their body weight in fillets. For example, if you catch your limit of ten 8-pound salmon over five days you will be fine to bring home your fillets from the lodge and in checking into the airlines with the cooler you have brought up. Although, if you catch five 30+lb king salmon, which yield 60% fillets by weight, you will have 100lbs of fillets per person! We do encourage catch and release when possible, and ask that you think about how much salmon for a year is right for you. 35lbs of fillets creates a meal for two weekly nearly all year. Current Alaska laws for Lake Creek allow 1-King Salmon to be taken daily and a season limit of two. With either Sockeye or Silver salmon, up to 2 each are allowed to be kept and no more than 3-salmon total daily combined. Pink and Chum Salmon fillets are less popular as table fare since it is a softer meat and does not freeze as well as other salmon fillets. In all cases the lodge policy requires strict adherence to current Alaska state sport fishing regulations, and we ask that our guests support us in maintaining this practice. If there are any updated or special regulations which increase or decrease catch limits at Lake Creek they will be posted at the lodge during your stay.