Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

Nightly at 6:30 p.m., 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.

Friday proves another big day of catch and escapement, and the run shows fewer signs of showing than the fishing effort. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015
Dewey Hemilright

The fishery is usually winding down this time of year, but  folks on the east side say catches - and the wind - is going strong.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, July 16, 2015

Jul 16, 2015
Matt Martin/KDLG

Naknek-Kvichak strong catches are daily records, and a long-time fisheries reporter says there's been less chatter about the market than usual.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 15, 2015

Jul 15, 2015
Matt Martin/KDLG

Silver season is coming, and area managers tell us what they know about the run. Fishermen and processors say it's been a good week in most of Bristol Bay.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 14, 2015

Jul 14, 2015
Dewey Hemilright

No more waiting to transfer in the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik districts, and some analysis of the run.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 13, 2015

Jul 13, 2015

What's the story of the Port Moller Test Fishery this year? Perplexing to the very end says analyst Scott Raborn. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 12, 2015

Jul 12, 2015
Molly Dischner/KDLG

More strong showings in Nushagak and the Naknek-Kvichak districts, and processors are getting plugged.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 11, 2015

Jul 11, 2015

The fleet took care of business, landing 2.3 million sockeye Friday. Plus the Nushagak fleet went elsewhere, then in came the fish.


Another good harvest Thursday, and Port Moller wraps up its test fishing Friday. Become a sustaining member of KDLG today!

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, July 9 2015

Jul 9, 2015
Clark Fair

Tonight, voices from the west side, a manager from the east side, and all the day's numbers. Please become a sustaining member of KDLG today!

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 8, 2015

Jul 8, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

UPDATE: Nushagak Drifters can go out until further notice as of 7 P.M. NOT, 9 p.m. as previously said. Sorry for the error. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 7, 2015

Jul 7, 2015
Molly Dischner/KDLG

The processors trying to get the MSC sustainability label for their fish are trying a new strategy - but it probably won't come into play until 2016.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 5, 2015

Jul 5, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

Still looking for someone to tell us if we've hit the peak, but FRI says the crystal ball has a crack in it. Please make a pledge to KDLG today!

Hannah Colton

Total run 10.6 million through 7/3, and PMTF now suggesting a total run size of approx. 30 million, a 44 percent downgrade.

Hannah Colton

On the eve of the peak(?), Tim Sands discusses the westside, Hannah Colton dines with touring chefs, and all the day's news.