Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

Nightly at 6pm, replayed at 10pm and 2am, with an early broadcast at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, produced by the KDLG news crew, is dedicated to the one-of-a-kind commercial fishery in Bristol Bay. Starting in mid-June, the show airs nightly at 6:30 p.m. (with an early broadcast at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday), with replays at 10 p.m. and again at 2 a.m. Join us here for the latest news, numbers, and information from the fishery, plus nightly analysis, stories, and conversations.

Do you have news tips or ideas, or would you like to share you comments with the show? Reach KDLG news director Dave Bendinger at or 907.842.5281.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 25, 2017

23 hours ago
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Egegik catches put that district past a million on the season, and the Nushagak's 2.5 million total signals a run that's way early coming in way bigger than expected. Total harvest now 2.05 million, and Bristol Bay total run now 3.8 million through Saturday. We check in with Area M's Bob Murphy on the fishing in the North Pen districts, and find out how Togiak herring are being served in during a big promotional week in Seattle.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 24, 2017

Jun 24, 2017

The Nushagak red count continues to climb, maybe more fishing time will slow the escapment. Egegik and Ugashik will get their nets in the water this weekend, and Naknek-Kvichak plays the waiting game.

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.


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.

Sarah Grace Durrance

We're back in the saddle, tonight with Tim Sands on his short notice, and Paul Salomone on the outlook in Ugashik and Egegik, where the fishing's already rolling ... our nightly coverage of Bristol Bay 2017 begins.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 22, 2016

Jul 22, 2016
courtesy Michelle Ravenmoon

The run hit the pre-season point forecast Thursday, harvest is well beyond what was expected, and….we’re ready for a break. For our fortieth and final show, we take a look back. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

Bristol Bay, you’ve harvested 34 million fish this summer, and the catch keeps going. No limits, sunny days, but a few still ask: is it worth it?

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 20, 2016

Jul 20, 2016
Courtesy of Katie Ringsmuth

The Bristol Bay total run through Tuesday -- 44.4 million. Will Wednesday be the day we hit Fish and Game’s forecast? While we wait to find out, we fast-forward to the plan for pinks and silvers, and take a trip back in time to the APA cannery in South Naknek.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 19, 2016

Jul 19, 2016
Cate Gomez/KDLG

Ugashik, you broke the "since we started counting" catch record. Baywide, the total run is climbing toward the pre-season forecast. And another major processor joins the 75-cent club.


One company posts a price of .75/lb, plus a .15 cent chilling bonus. Tonight, reaction on that price, and analysis of the run so far and what's to come. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 17, 2016

Jul 17, 2016
Molly Dischner/KDLG News

Ugashik put away another 400,000 sockeye Saturday, while Naknek-Kvichak and Nushagak catches tapered off a little. Now the number everyone is wondering about? What're they going to be worth. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 16, 2016

Jul 16, 2016
Courtesy of Sammy Steen

July 15: Going down in the books as Bristol Bay's biggest day of 2016 --- so far? Today we try to get a grasp on what's coming in the run and in the processing world.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 15, 2016

Jul 15, 2016
Robyn Chaney

Ugashik put away 400,000 fish yesterday, and one tender says it was the best day yet in that district. Naknek-Kvichak still going. Plus, a genetics guy talks about where the fish are headed after they swim past Port Moller.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 14, 2016

Jul 14, 2016
Hannah Colton | KDLG

Another two million on the books yesterday, and Area Management Biologist Travis Elison speculates on how long catches’ll stay at that level. And, we check in with the fleet on who’s staying and going and why.