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Local Chinook Salmon in San Francisco (for the 2012 season)?

bong May 6, 2012 01:22 PM

As per San Francisco Chronicle of today, the Salmon Season has just started:
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Any ideas where to find local Salmon, somewhere in the city?

I did some searches in this board, but could not find any recent topics on
salmon in the city.


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  1. baron45 RE: bong May 6, 2012 05:03 PM

    Off the boats at Pillar Point Harbor.

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    1. re: baron45
      dpifko RE: baron45 May 8, 2012 07:16 PM

      Do you know what the going rate is if you buy a couple of whole fish directly from the boats at Pillar Point?

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      Thomas Nash RE: bong May 6, 2012 11:03 PM

      It was available at the Ferry Bldg Market on Saturday -- very fresh and wonderful to cook. Should be there next week also -- the fish stand on the north side of the aisle running east from Gandhi.

      Can you buy less than a whole fish off the boats at Pillar Pt?

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      1. re: Thomas Nash
        Joan Kureczka RE: Thomas Nash May 7, 2012 06:26 AM

        Both Shogun and the newer fish seller over on the side by Acme and Downhome Bakery had relatively local salmon. Shogun's was from Half Moon Bay and the other was from Monterey Bay.

        1. re: Joan Kureczka
          little big al RE: Joan Kureczka May 7, 2012 08:13 AM

          Prices? My first of the season I got at Real Foods on Polk for a shocking $28 lb. I would have waited, but I had made a rash promise. I did see some at the Blue Moon smokehouse stand at Alemanney (damn! I can never spell that) FM for a much more reasonable $18 lb. To my knowledge all fresh from the boat fish sales must by law be whole fish. If you think a whole salmon is hard to use up, how about a whole sea bass!

          1. re: little big al
            Civil Bear RE: little big al May 7, 2012 10:13 AM

            I have gotten albacore already filleted from the boat in Fort Bragg. Perhaps it is a county regulation?

            1. re: Civil Bear
              Ruth Lafler RE: Civil Bear May 7, 2012 10:39 AM

              Maybe you have to have a retail license as well as a commercial fishing licence to sell "processed" fish.

            2. re: little big al
              Joan Kureczka RE: little big al May 7, 2012 02:00 PM

              Prices from Shogun and the other fish seller at the Ferry Plaza Market were around $24/lb for filet pieces.

        2. bbulkow RE: bong May 7, 2012 10:44 PM

          The fresh-local Half Moon Bay salmon I had from Cook's Seafood in MP this weekend was on the "best ever" list. The taste was so much more delicate than anything I've had in a long time. Salmon season!

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          1. re: bbulkow
            baron45 RE: bbulkow May 8, 2012 08:39 PM

            They've been feeding on krill which also gives them a brighter-than-usual red color.

            1. re: baron45
              baron45 RE: baron45 Sep 19, 2012 10:27 PM

              Pillar Pt still has boats selling King Salmon from the boats. Don't know the price per pound currently, although it was $10/lb when the season started.

              Albacore tuna is also available off the boats.

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