This was a post from another site. What a waste!! A while back there was a thread about NR taking to many fish home. Why are you taking so many fish you use them as dog food? There were other posts about who needs fish for dog food and who they can give them to. I hope this is a small minority. Its not like they are in a village in the bush where you have to do this. This is PURE WASTE!!!!
for the page KK - always excellent. I have a request instead of a report. Maybe all the dippers could look in their freezers and assess or re-assess the number of fish they would like to get this year. In the past I have over harvested by a couple fish and just used the old fish for smoking, but I always check to make sure just how many fish my family actually consumes year to year before I go dipping. Our responsible use now may help preserve this tremendous resource for our kids and for their kids too. Thanks again for the page.
I'll have to toss this out to folks since nearly EVERYONE has a dog or cat. AKJake eats my two year old salmon every day with his kibbles. I eat the last year's fish but there is always a carryover surplus. (My inherent urge to have more than I need in case of a catastrophic emergency like the '64 Quake and the need to feed myself and others!) THIS YEAR since there will probably be a need to take as many reds as usable to help control the escapement in some minor way, I'm going to take all my 2011 fish left and strip the fillets into thin jerky pieces and dry them in the oven at 110°F until they are thoroughly dried. NO spices, salt, etc. These will make excellent dog treats. They will keep forever in a zip lock bag. You can take them anywhere, leave some in the car/truck for travel treats and its great healthy food. This is going to save me probably $200+ a year in extra dog biscuits and other treats and I know he loves 'em. Don't heat your oven past 110F. I use a spoon to crack the oven door open and a thermometer to monitor the temp. You don't want to COOK the meat because then it won't dry correctly like jerky. Give it a try and your dog/cat will love you forever. And BTW Personal Use harvested salmon can be used for people food, dog food, or even fish bait. So if you have some old stale frozen PU salmon you dipped, take it halibut fishing too. Now sport caught salmon?....Nope! Just for human consumption.