Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 6, 2017

Jul 6, 2017

The Bay's buyers continue to struggle to keep up with this week's harvest. Will they be ready for the runs to the Kvichak and Ugashik Rivers, which have been slow to show? The total run is past 22 million, more than halfway to the preseason forecast of 41.5 million. The Nushagak and Wood Rivers are not showing any signs of slowing down, recording another huge tally of escapement to each while much of the fleet fishes on limits.

Offloading a tender at SBS in Naknek.
Credit Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Catch this program nightly at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., and 2 a.m. on AM 670, and online at KDLG.org. (With early broadcasts Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.)

The catches slowed down a bit Wednesday, down to (just) 1.4 million across the Bay. That may be largely due to catch limits in place by most of the seafood processors, but also the still slow to build runs to the Ugashik and Kvichak Rivers. The Nushagak District is on track to be one of the top runs of all time, and just counted incredible escapement numbers again Wednesday (440,000 up the Nush and 381,000 up the Wood), and fishing is open for anybody whose company will buy. Another 505,000 sockeye counted in the Egegik River has put it past the midpoint, so the transfer time is waived. Tonight, Mike Friccerro on the Miss Gina gives an update from Egegik, KDLG's Caitlin Tan talks with some fishermen who just transferred from the Nushagak to Naknek-Kvichak, and ADF&G's Jack Erickson breaks down the history of the Bay's big harvest days, plus what he's seeing with fish sizes this year, and more.

Set netters on a sunny Thursday in Naknek.
Credit Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Catch this program nightly at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., and 2 a.m. on AM 670, and online at KDLG.org. (With early broadcasts Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.)

Letters from home to your friends and family in the Bay this summer? Email us at fish@kdlg.org or dave@kdlg.org, or call 907-842-5281. 

Have feedback, suggestions of something you'd like to hear? ReachAvery Lill / Nick Ciolino / Allison Mollenkamp / or Caitlin Tan (in Naknek)

The N-11, a vessel that capsized between Sunday and Monday on a record setting day in the Nushagak, was visible at low tide Wednesday night on Flounders Flats.
Credit ADF&G

The F/V Mumbo Jumbo says they have had a good season in the Nushagak so far, but just transferred to the Naknek-Kvichak to finish things off. Pictured here waiting during the 48 hour transfer period.
Credit Caitlin Tan / KDLG