Eastside districts saw big numbers this weekend as Naknek-Kvichak surged forward with enormous catch and escapement figures on Saturday, encompassing 17 percent of the run in just a single day.
Fishing’s always unpredictable, but in just one week, the Naknek-Kvichak district has gone from conservation efforts to positioning itself to perhaps surpass the preseason forecast run of 16.6 million. Area management biologist Travis Elison is cautiously optimistic.
This could be shaping up as the Naknek-Kvichak's latest run ever, Elison said. He noted that Saturday, July 14 was a pivotal day. With 557,000 fish escaping up the Kvichak River and fishermen harvestiug 800,000 reds, that represents the highest single-day percentage of total run size ever to pulse through the district. The previous record was just 9 percent of total run in a single day, he said.
Ugashik also seems to be hitting its stride as the district opened wide at noon Monday through the end of the month. On Friday, fishermen there hit the water after several days off, and numbers are growing. In just three days, cumulative harvest in the district doubled to 864,000, and total escapement tripled to pass over the minimum of 600,000. Area management biologist Paul Salomone said that’s right on time for Ugashik.
Over in Egegik, Salomone said lower numbers of fishermen allowed for a bit more escapement than he would have liked to see over the weekend. Egegik hit its escapement goal mid-point on Sunday, so it waived its transfer period and is now open through July 30. That’s typically the cue for Egegik fishermen to return from other districts, but Salomone said this year has been unusual. More fishermen are lingering in the Nushagak district to enjoy its stronger and longer than usual run.
Finally, KDLG's Avery Lill brings us a harrowing tale from the captain and crew of the F/V Kristi, a drift boat that sank near Clark’s Point early Saturday morning. A deckhand on board the F/V Gordon Jenson caught this video of the incident and shared it on Facebook.
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