Nushagak River

Austin Fast / KDLG

Fishermen faced blustery bouts of rain Tuesday at Dillingham’s small boat harbor, but that’s not dampening their enthusiasm for Wednesday's commercial drift net opener in the Nushagak and Igushik sections.

Molly Dischner / KDLG

Ever wonder how biologists and fishery managers estimate how many of each salmon species are escaping upstream? Here's your answer!

Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross / U.S. Air Force

Record-low Chinook returns mean Juneau, Petersburg and Wrangell all canceled their king salmon derbies this spring. However, Bristol Bay doesn’t have that problem. Here's some good news for sport fishermen near Dillingham.

Russian adventurers to retrace explorer's route

Jul 12, 2017

Dr. Mikhail Malakhov and his team will paddle up the Wood River and portage into the Kuskokwim drainage.

Low Nushagak preventing barges, fishing boats from travelling

Jun 20, 2017

Low water levels on the Nushagak are preventing barges from taking fuel and other supplies to villages up river.

Nushagak forecast includes 7 million Wood River reds

Nov 3, 2015

About a quarter of next summer's Bristol Bay sockeye run is expected to return to the Nushagak District, but a high proportion of Wood River fish could make management tricky.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

Tonight we check back in at Port Moller, while we wait for catches to pick up.

Brennan / UW

When you catch a salmon in the bay, how do you know where it hatched? New research tells where Nushagak Chinook salmon were born and raised.

Help Fish and Game Find Missing Hydrophones

Aug 29, 2014

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking users of the Nushagak River to be on the lookout for some scientific equipment that went missing this summer. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Coho Run Good in Nushagak District

Aug 15, 2014

The coho run to the Nushagak River is coming in stronger than last year resulting in liberalized fishing time for commercial fishermen. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.

Pink Salmon Run Total Pushes 446 Thousand

Jul 29, 2014

Large numbers of pink salmon are being targeted by fishermen in the Nushagak District of Bristol Bay as of Sunday. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has the details.

An unknown number of commercial fishermen plan to fish for pinks and silver salmon in the Nushagak District beginning Wednesday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview.


One of the largest king salmon runs in Alaska is the run to the Nushagak River. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports, escapement has picked up in recent days but is still short of the Department of Fish and Game’s management priority.

Mike Mason

The escapement of king salmon to the Nushagak River dropped off a bit on Monday but it’s still ahead of the historical curve. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The king salmon run to the Nushagak River has been coming in strong so far this season with escapement tracking well above normal. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.