Kwee-Jack Fish Co. is based in Billings, Montana during the off-season, but in June and July each year, we harvest wild sockeye salmon from the frigid waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay.
The remote location where we fishermen live each season has very little in the way of modern amenities. Our fishing grounds are located at the mouth of the Kvichak River (pronounced Kwee-Jack). Since our boats are not setup to live-aboard, we stay in cabins at a place called Graveyard Point, which is a 45 minute boat ride from the closest small town of Naknek. Graveyard Point is the site of Libby’s Koggiung cannery that burned down long ago, and now fishermen like us use this place as home base during the summer fishing season. Just over 100 fishermen make their way to Graveyard Point every year from other regions of Alaska and the Lower 48.
Since we maneuver shallow waters to harvest our salmon, our boats are small and we come on-shore to cabins to rest and eat when we are not fishing. These cabins have generators for limited electricity supply, and rain barrels for limited water supply. Many things we take for granted in other parts of the U.S. are non-existent or difficult to come by in this region of Alaska, like hot showers, flushing toilets, and access to communications and medical facilities.
Professional photographer and fisherman Corey Arnold has photographed the fishermen of Graveyard Point. To see his work, visit his website at: https://coreyfishes.com/albums/graveyard-point/