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 this year on June 18, the show airs nightly at 6 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 hosts Avery Lill and Austin Fast 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 your comments with the show? Reach KDLG News Director Avery Lill at avery@kdlg.org or 907-842-5281.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 30, 2018

Jun 30, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

The Wood River just hit 1.1 million in red escapement, so its Special Harvest District opens to set net gear Saturday night. Plus, Dillingham songstress Teresa Duncan serenades us live over the air.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Catches slipped lower in the Nushagak Thursday after Tuesday's giant haul. Naknek-Kvichak is heating up, but participation remains low. Plus, we meet a deckhand who fills most of the links along the salmon supply chain from ocean to table since he moonlights as a direct marketer and private chef.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018
photo courtesy of Mike Davis

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.

Caitlin Tan/KDLG

For only the third time since this fishery began in 1884, yesterday the Nushagak District hauled in more than a million sockeye!

Austin Fast/KDLG

Sloppy weather is making for rough fishing. Still, the Nushagak District hauled in 740,000 sockeye yesterday, and catches ticked up in the Egegik District as well.

Mitch Borden/KDLG

The season harvest to the Nushagak District has topped a million sockeye!

Mitch Borden/KDLG

Heads up Nushagak and Wood Rivers! The most recent Port Moller stock composition summary shows 70 percent of inshore station fish and 85 percent of offshore station fish sampled were headed your way.

Avery Lill/KDLG

Total harvest in the Nushagak District is is past 300,000, and the king run on the Nushagak River is well over the historical average for this date. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018
Mitch Borden/ KDLG

Thanks to good king escapement, commerical fishing is well underway in the Nushagak Section. Reds are hittings slowly, but the run is expected to accelerate soon.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018
Mitch Borden/KDLG

Nushagak District fishermen have taken over 150,000 fish. North Peninsula fishermen in the Chigniks are seeing record low escapements. Not only are they not fishing commercially, but some residents are even voluntarily limiting their subsistence activities.

Sarah Miller

Tonight we get the scoop from a fisheries geneticist on where Port Moller Test Fishery sockeye are headed, and we travel up the Naknek for a look at the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy.

Austin Fast/KDLG

Tonight on the fish report, Nushagak Section set netters get their first opener, and Copper River posts a price.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

It's the first Bristol Bay Fisheries Report of the season!

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 16, 2017

Jul 16, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Several big buyers post a $1/lb base price, the run shoots to 49 million, and the districts head to wide open or weekly schedules. As we wrap up our special coverage, ADF&G's Paul Salomone, Travis Ellison, and Tim Sands join for a preliminary recap of this incredible, historic year for the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 15, 2017

Jul 15, 2017
Sarah Grace Durrance

Sometime today someone in the Nushagak is catching the sockeye that will break the all time harvest record for the district, and boats are piling into Ugashik for the next million or so of the run. Bristol Bay's total run has shot past 47 million as river after river "over escapes." Thanks for your generous support during pledge drive week! We raised at least $60,000 in new contributions, and we're not even sure what's coming in on fish tickets.

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