Fisheries

Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

Boats reported to be too heavily loaded with sockeye had problems overnight, though exactly what happened to whom is still unclear. State officials say all are accounted for, and no significant spills appear to have been caused.

Nick Ciolino / KDLG

Yikes it's a little slow out there! A total Saturday catch of 50,000 sockeye, and less than 100,000 counted as escapement, and the total run inches past 8 million. West side set netters head into the Wood, Area M's North Pen fleet sits a few out, and fishermen everywhere wait for a big wall of fish.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

With just 100,000 sockeye counted as harvest, and 65,000 counted as escapement, skippers and crew play the waiting game in Bristol Bay's largest fishing district.

Subsistence nets 'sunk' Tuesday morning in Naknek

Jun 28, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

After days of waiting for some action, subsistence fishermen on Naknek beaches were the first to find a push of sockeye Tuesday, some finding way more fish than they were hoping for.

KDLG

Bristol Bay’s westside district posts a million sockeye catch Monday, and both the Wood and Nushagak Rivers have met their escapement goals. The red run is off the charts, but the kings are lagging big time.

FRI trains the fishery managers of tomorrow

Jun 26, 2017
KDLG

Grad students from three cooperating universities simulate managing the Bristol Bay salmon fishery as the run progresses.

Sarah Grace Durrance

Set netter Eddie Clark weighs in from Egegik, ADF&G's Tim Sands on managing while the Nushagak reds surge but the kings lag, and lake monsters spotted in Iliamna Lake this week. Bristol Bay has put about probably half a million sockeye on the books ... just 27 million more to go.

Alaska Sea Grant

A new survey shows an interest in Alaskan salmon among a growing Chinese middle class, including a potential market for fish heads, skins and bones.

Wood River techs begin salmon counts

Jun 22, 2017
KDLG

The Wood River tower on the west side of Bristol Bay began its salmon escapement count at 12 am Sunday morning.

KDLG

Snooks Moore skippers the F/V Razor’s Edge, and is passing a legacy of fishing along to her eleven year old great-grandson, Brayden Scott, who will work this year as her deckhand.

PenAir King Salmon: where the world meets to fish

Jun 22, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

The hub for Bristol Bay's eastside bustles in June, serving the daily jet flight and up to 14 PenAir flights as it funnels through thousands of fishermen, processors, anglers, and other visitors from around the world.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Captain Buck Gibbons hired Jawanza Brown to join his crew on the F/V Stevie K, hoping the young man will fund his college education by picking fish each summer in Bristol Bay.

Nick Ciolino / KDLG

This is a brief update for Wednesday, June 21. Catch the latest news and numbers from the fishery each night at 6, 10, and 2 a.m. on the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report.

Sarah Grace Durrance

This conversation aired on Tuesday's Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. Listen to the full show here, and catch the program nightly at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., 2 a.m., and early on the weekends. Feedback, ideas?: fish@kdlg.org.

Yes, girls fish too

Jun 21, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

“I’m just going to be the girliest girl and catch a million fish,” says Maddy Marinkovich. She and Sophia have grown up fishing Bristol Bay's salmon fishery, and now are funding their college by picking fish.

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