Yukon River King salmon has finally arrived. I bought mine today at Johnny's Seafood on Dock Street, $35.99 a pound. Turns out I could have got it for $29.99 a pound at Metropolitan Market. Northern Fish on Ruston way reports it's still waiting for its catch.
Jon Rowley, the Puget Sound food marketer who turned Copper River salmon into gold, does PR for a Yukon River outfit. Here's a snippet of an e-mail from Rowley:
After a bleak early run, the Alaska Dept of Fish & Game finally got
enough kings up the Yukon River to allow a limited harvest. The run
was late. Actually they are allowing a harvest of summer chums where
limited numbers of kings are taken incidentally. ... With 20 to 30% oil for their 2000 mile spawning journey, Yukon kings are in a league of their own. In my estimation, this is the ne plus ultra of fish.
I'll let you know about my first bite of Yukon River salmon
after I cook it tonight.