Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 3 2016

Jul 6, 2016

Bristol Bay had its first million fish day on Saturday, but we’re still waiting for the two billionth salmon. Plus we chat about writing and fishing with Sitka author Brendan Jones, and get an update on the summer's smaller-than-average fish.

Three generations of set-netters pause for a photo on July 1, 2016. Kathy Brown, Melanie Brown and Mariana Bell are fishing together in Naknek this summer.
Credit Courtesy of Melanie Brown

Saturday’s catch was a million fish, bringing the season total to almost 5 million harvest – and putting the total run up to 7 million. Egegik, Naknek-Kvichak and Nushagak all had big days: harvests of 335,000, 264,000 and 316,000 respectively. Escapements aren’t too shabby either.

If the fish you’re catching this summer look a little small – well, that’s ‘cause they are. Fish and Game’s Jack Erickson joins to fill us in on 2016 fish sizes and other trends emerging in the run, and Sitka author Brendan Jones talks writing, fishing and Alaska life. Plus, a run through the numbers.

Letters from home to your friends and family in the Bay this summer?  Email us here, or call 907-842-5281.  

Have feedback, suggestions of something you'd like to hear, or a good hot tip? Goofy photos of your crew or scenic ones of the fishing ground also appreciated! Email Dave or Molly, or call us on the news line: 907-842-2200. 



The Wood River tower, shown here on July 2, 2016, is one of several spots where Fish and Game collects samples to build it's data set about the returning fish.
Credit KDLG News