Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 7, 2017

Jul 7, 2017

Will the Nushagak District set an all time record this year? Big catches posted all around the Bay Thursday, with the five district total more than 2.3 million sockeye. The total run goes to 26 million. Will the missing Kvichak fish push the run to its total forecast in the days ahead?

Nushagak caught sockeye floating in RSW on a tender that was ready to head to Naknek.
Credit Sarah Grace Durrance

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There was a nice uptick of fishing in Ugashik Thursday, and escapement numbers climbed there to. After a record setting year in 2016, Ugashik has been slow to get going this season, but is now about a fifth of the way to its preseason forecast of 5.4 million fish. Baywide, 2.3 milllion sockeye were harvested Thursday, with good catches posted in all five districts. The buyers continue to struggle, with one of the last holdouts, Icicle Seafoods, now putting closing its fleet down to process the catch. The Nushagak District run is over 12 million fish, and with genetics showing more Port Moller fish headed that way and the recent big escapements, in the Nush going to break the all time record of more than 15 million set in 2006?  ADF&G's Tim Sands is on the program to discuss. Also, some set netters at Pederson Point weigh in during their extended open period Friday, and Karyn Marxmiller shares her experience fishing more than she planned to this season. All that plus a summary of the run on the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report.

Graph comparing the way the runs have come in over the past several years.
Credit Dr. Curry Cunningham, UW - FRI

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.)

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Graph showing the run timing and size. Note the Nushagak, which has literally gone off the chart.
Credit Dr. Curry Cunningham, UW - FRI

Drift boats and set netters near Pederson Point in Naknek.
Credit Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Tendering fish off the beach at Pederson Point.
Credit Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Fine weather on a July day in Bristol Bay. Pederson Point, 2017.
Credit Caitlin Tan / KDLG