Mitch Borden/KDLG

The Ugashik River's run is coming in weak and likely lower than forecasted, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  The rivers in the Nushagak District,  however, are all on their way to hitting their midpoint escapement. When that happens, ADF&G could wave the 48-hour waiting period to transfer to the district.

Mitch Borden/KDLG

When will the run to Bristol Bay start tailing off? Fisheries researcher Scott Raborn has some thoughts.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Painter Apayo Moore lives a subsistence lifestyle off-the-grid near Aleknagik to honor her Yup’ik heritage and inspire her painting.  For her, a good painting means your eyes catch something new with every glance.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 7, 2018

Jul 7, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Not to sound like a broken record, but 2018 seems to be all about breaking records in Bristol Bay. The Nushagak District just hit an all-time best harvest of 12.4 million, topping last year's record. 

Mitch Borden/KDLG

The Kvichak River is likely coming in below forecast. The Naknek River Special Harvest Area will open tonight, and drift boats from the district will have the opportunity to fish exclusively Naknek salmon. ADF&G hopes that, with the larger district closed, enough sockeye will make it up the Kvichak River to meet the escapement goal.

Mitch Borden

Fishermen around Bristol Bay wait anxiously to see if they will have to head to special harvest areas to help the Kvichak River meet its escapement goal.

Austin Fast/KDLG

Kvichak River escapement is in a better position this afternoon than yesterday, but will it be enough to keep the Naknek-Kvichak District open?

Austin Fast / KDLG

The Nushagak District has been harvesting about 1 million fish every day for a week now, so what happens when you inexplicably miss out on that bounty? KDLG’s Austin Fast discovers that one key to fishing is to just keep plugging away.

Jeff Bringhurst

The Kvichak River is underperforming, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is considering more conservation measures to boost escapement.  

Chignik fishermen stuck ashore as sockeye run fails

Jul 5, 2018
Mitch Borden

Sockeye returns to the Chignik River are the lowest in 50 years, devestating local subsistence and commercial fishing. Area villages are requesting assistence from Governor Bill Walker and from the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The BOF will consider the request at a July 17 emergency meeting.

Bruce Ilutsik

Happy Independence Day, Bristol Bay! The Wood River posted another huge escapement on Tuesday, but not all is well in area fisheries. On the Alaska Peninsula, villages near the Chignik River are asking for help from the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the Governor as they struggle with apparent run failure.

Mike Davis

The Wood River set a new escapement record Monday that is nearly twice as high as the previous record, which was set in 1983. In Egegik, ADF&G is switching the fleet to fishing the morning tide in hopes of allowing more sockeye to make it up river to spawn.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Every couple of days during salmon season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports how many sockeye from each age class are returning to Bristol Bay. KDLG's Austin Fast followed their catch samplers for a day to see how they get those numbers.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 2, 2018

Jul 2, 2018
Mitch Borden/KDLG

Big catches just keep rolling into the Nushagak District-- 1.6 million sockeye harvested on Sunday. Meanwhile, Port Moller numbers suggest that east side districts could see an uptick in fish soon.


The Nushagak District broke a record!