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.

Courtesy Nancy Mendenhall

A new book on Northwest fisheries started as a family history, and morphed into a tome on fisheries issues throughout the world.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 24 2016

Jun 24, 2016
Robyn Chaney

Tonight Fish and Game's Paul Salomone tells us about things picking up in the Egegik District, we hear about an internship program getting local youth into fish science and research, and drifter Lange Solberg updates on the waiting game in Naknek-Kvichak.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 23 2016

Jun 23, 2016
Gregg Marxmiller

Dear Bristol Bay – we’re pretty sure you hit a million sockeye total run today; 40-some-odd-million more to go, and Port Moller indicates a few more should be on the way. Plus, we hear about how power plants could produce ice on the side.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 22 2016

Jun 22, 2016
Cate Gomez/KDLG

Nushagak catches and boat counts at the top, and Naknek-Kvichak manager Travis Ellison explains that he's waiting for more fish in his district. Plus, a drifter tells us about efforts to organize in hopes of improving prices.

Cate Gomez, Tara Henry

There's a little bit of fishing around the Bay as the run slowly takes shape, plus Togiak herring are making a huge splash in Seattle this week.

courtesy Mike Davis

A little Egegik and a little Nushagak catch, and the F/V Pandalus is weathered out two days in a row. We'll use the lull to talk to Area M North Pen. AMB Bob Murphy, and Kate Mitchell from NOMAR in Homer.


Nushagak District set netters' first opening pretty slow, the drifters head out today. Reaction, plus the latest from Tim Sands, and skipper Michael Jackson (F/V Lovely Kelly J) tells us about the BBRSDA townhall meetings.


Nushagak district set netters get a stormy opener tonight, and BBRSDA Mike Friccero joins by phone. Those stories, plus a rundown of the daily data, on the BBFR.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 17, 2016

Jun 17, 2016
Cate Gomez/KDLG

Area Management Biologist explains when the Wood River Special Harvest Area might be used, Curry Cunningham talks about University of Washington's 50-million fish forecast, and a few fishermen report from the grounds.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 16, 2016

Jun 16, 2016

Westside area management biologist Tim Sands tells us about the plans for the Nushagak District, and Dr. Scott Raborn explains what the Port Moller numbers mean.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 15, 2016

Jun 15, 2016

The feds are working on the plan to keep fishing boats away from walrus, Egegik and Ugashik Manager Paul Salomone reminds us it's still early, and a look at the ecolabels that help sell salmon abroad. 


An Egegik set netter weighs in on the Bristol Bay run timing, Area M's South Peninsula AMB Lisa Fox tells us about a building sockeye and surprising pink catch, and some Naknek drifters can, finally, listen to Katy Perry in their boat yard.


Copper River Seafoods posts a price, Naknek/Kvichak AMB Travis Elison joins, and a greenhorn tells us what she's expecting for season number one.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 24, 2015

Jul 24, 2015
Tom Glass, F/V Brown Dog

At nearly 51 million sockeye so far, the 2015 Bristol Bay run is the fifth largest on record. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 23, 2015

Jul 23, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

There's an emergency Board of Fisheries meeting tomorrow to discuss who can fish in Togiak, when - plus, more fishermen react to the season's low price.