Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018

Catches dropped off a bit in Nushagak yesterday after Tuesday's giant haul. The age composition summaries of fish harvested in Egegik are showing older fish, 2-2s and 2-3s, are less well-represented than the preseason forecast predicted.

Izak Lederman, 21, holds up a king caught at Coffee Point in the Nushagak District on Tuesday.
Credit photo courtesy of Mike Davis

What do age composition summaries tell us about how the run is shaping up? Tonight we take a deep dive with Jack Erickson, research coordinator for the Bristol Bay region with ADF&G, on what the age of the sockeye returning to Bristol Bay this year so far may indicate about the run. 

We also talk to setnetters Katie Bursch and Elma Burnham in Ugashik, where the fishing is still sleepy. Mike Davis and his greenhorn crew member, Izak Lederman from San Franscisco, describe fishing off Coffee Point on Tuesday in the Nushagak.

Mike Davis and crew launch his skiff off Kanakanak beach in Dillingham earlier this week.
Credit Maryanne Dickey