Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

Nightly at 6pm, replayed at 10pm and 2am, with an early broadcast at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday
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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's Sockeye Harvest Tops 6-Million

Jun 27, 2013

Commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay hauled in 1.1-million sockeye on Wednesday to push the season total to over 6.1-million fish. The District that’s still out in front in the Bay is the Egegik District where fishermen hauled in 219-thousand sockeye on Wednesday to push the District total to 2.1-million fish. 

Port Moller Update for Wednesday, June 26

Jun 27, 2013
Mike Mason

Bad weather impacted Wednesday’s fishing effort as part of the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery. The test boat just fished stations 6 and 8 due to the weather but things are expected to improve today. That could allow a full day of fishing.

The latest escapement data shows that the Wood River will likely hit the lower end of the escapement goal some-time on Thursday.

Mike Mason

It looks like the peak sockeye run through the Port Moller Test Fishery area has come and gone leading to speculation that the inshore peak is just days away. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Ugashik District Update

Jun 26, 2013

The Ugashik District currently has the 2nd largest commercial sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay. For the last couple of days the harvest has exceeded the harvest of any other District in the Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

5-Million Sockeye Harvested in Bristol Bay

Jun 26, 2013

The commercial sockeye catch in Bristol Bay has topped 5-million fish. On Tuesday commercial fishermen across Bristol Bay hauled in over 989-thousand sockeye.  

Commercial fishermen continues to struggle to slow down the escapement of sockeye to the 3 rivers in the Nushagak District. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Mike Mason

The latest genetics from the fish caught as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery have been released and they shows a strong signal for sockeye destined for the Kvichak, Egegik and Wood Rivers. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the numbers.

Bristol Bay's Sockeye Harvest Hits 4-Million

Jun 25, 2013
Mike Mason

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that another 725.5-thousand sockeye were harvested bay-wide on Monday to push the season total to just over 4-million.

Mike Mason

The Nushagak District continues to post large sockeye salmon escapement numbers and Fish and Game is giving fishermen a lot of fishing time. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

Mike Mason

The ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery had another good day of fishing on Monday. 184-sockeye were taken across all the stations with the largest catch coming at station 8 with 66-sockeye. 62-fish were taken at station 6 and 48-sockeye were taken at station 10. 8-fish were taken at station 4. No sockeye were taken at station 2 and it’s unclear if the test boat actually fished that station.

Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery got underway again on Sunday after standing down on Saturday due to bad weather. KDLG’s Mike Mason took a look at Sunday’s catch report for this story.

The daily harvest of sockeye in the massive Bristol Bay commercial fishery topped 1-million fish on Sunday. Through Sunday the total catch Bay-wide is over 3.2-million sockeye. 

Nushagak Setnetters Are Open Until Further Notice

Jun 24, 2013
Celeste Novak

Things are changing quickly in the Nushagak District with record levels of early escapement to the Nushagak and Wood Rivers. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The sockeye salmon continue to pour into the Nushagak and Wood Rivers as one river has already met its escapement goal and the other is well on its way. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.