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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.

UW Fisheries Research Institute, Dr. Curry Cunningham

A wimpy 62,700 sockeye landed Friday, and just 202,000 counted as escapement ... Bristol Bay is in the doldrums this weekend ... how soon till it picks up? Paul Salomone is on the show to discuss that and his coming plans, plus Naknek drifter Gabe Dunham on hoping for something other than a "compressed" run, and we climb aboard the Olivia M as it buys fish Wednesday night in Egegik.

Nick Ciolino / KDLG

A lull in the action as catch and escapement dampens down a bit. When will Ugashik see some fish show up, or are they finding nets in Outer Port Heiden? Tim Sands joins to discuss possibly opening an optional Wood River fishery for west side set netters who are behind on the allocation. Plus, Naknek Kvichak drifters weigh in on the waiting game, and a tour of the newest Bristol Bay floating processor coming to life this summer in Sitka.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

The run goes past seven million, thanks mainly to the west side which continues to cook. Genetics show more Nush fish coming, plus Egegik and an uptick for Ugashik and the Naknek-Kvichak. Port Moller posts some big catches but fishes long to get them, and Nushagak kings show a nice bump. ADF&G's Jason Dye joins, as does Combine set netter Greg Marxmiller and the tender vessel Icy Bay.

Cate Gomez / KDLG

Another half a million catch day in the Nush helps push Bristol Bay total run to 6.8 million sockeye. Egegik and Ugashik falling a bit behind the normal curve, and a vanguard of Naknek-Kvichak's 16 million are starting to show. With Paul Salomone and Travis Ellison, plus Pete Caruso, Robin Samuelsen, Chris Itulmuria, and Patrick O'Neill on tonight's program.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Nushagak fleet lands a million sockeye Monday, maybe the largest single day catch in the district's history? Naknek-Kvichak gets an unexpected opener, and it's a little slow elsewhere. Plus FRI's Dr. Curry Cunningham helps break down what the run looks like so far.

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.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Reports of yuuuge catches in the Nusaghak, where the total run is past 3 million. Some past 100k pounds already? The Naknek-Kvichak hasn't recorded 60,000 total fish yet, but there are some signs of life. Travis Ellison joins, plus reaction from the westside, and a rundown of the day's numbers.

Sarah Grace Durrance

Catch tops a million, big surge pushes Nushagak to midpoint escapement goal, and the kings are finally showing. Egegik is fishing steady, Naknek-Kvichak is on the hook (waiting on the 'wall'?), and the Alaska Legislature averts a shutdown that would have ended all the fun in a week.

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.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

FRI's Curry Cunningham reads the early tea leaves of the run, Chris Carr weighs in on the missing Nushagak kings from Portage Creek, plus we see what some westside set and drifters had to say this morning ahead of an opener. We're past 300,000 sockeye caught in the Bay (about 27 million to go). Mabye Arctic Cotton Grass is the key to these big runs?

After weeks of hostility, Williams says a respectful letter from BBNC board chair Joe Chythlook convinced her to step down. Williams had hired an attorney to protect her seat on BBNC board after she agreed to join new Pebble committee as an opponent to the mine.

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.

KDLG

Happy Solstice: Copper River Seafoods posts a $1.35/lb for best quality fish, ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten on possible government shutdown (and on Chris Oliver promotion to head NMFS), and ADF&G's Travis Ellison on the Naknek Kvichak District outlook.

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