Mitch Borden

For decades, Sherol Mershon has spent her summer in Aleknagik hanging nets for fishermen around Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mitch Borden caught up with her one afternoon and has this postcard.

Dennis Villanez

When the F/V Kristi lost power on Saturday in the Nushagak District, the tide pushed it between two much larger ships, where it lodged on a Yokohama fender. The Kristi sank, and the captain and crew escaped with seconds to spare.


Mitch Borden

By examining small lines on the backs of salmon scales, researchers can determine the age of salmon returning to Bristol Bay. That information is crucial to fisheries management and forecasts.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Mud is the tie that binds all set netters together, but some are better than others at traipsing through the gloop. We found three fishermen who couldn’t stop gushing about it.

'The river eats nets,' says net hanger of NRSHA

Jul 11, 2018
Hannah Colton

Fishermen try to navigate the challenges of fishing in the Naknek River Special Harvest Area while keeping their nets intact. This can be a hard goal to achieve as boats try to squeeze into the river to catch as many sockeye as they can. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

As Bristol Bay’s 2018 salmon season continues, seafood processors are grappling with a problem that has loomed large over the industry the past few years – an increasing demand for H-2B visas to fill processor jobs.

Mitch Borden


The Naknek River is a little chaoctic as fishermen compete for fish in the Naknek River Special Harvest Area. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game have mandated fishermen fish in the river to help the Kvichak River reach its escapement goal. This is a challenge for fishermen but it is exciting for locals who now get to watch the sockeye fishery from the shores of the Naknek River.  

Mitch Borden/KDLG

The Kvichak River is likely coming in below forecast. The Naknek River Special Harvest Area will open tonight, and drift boats from the district will have the opportunity to fish exclusively Naknek salmon. ADF&G hopes that, with the larger district closed, enough sockeye will make it up the Kvichak River to meet the escapement goal.

Mitch Borden

Fishermen around Bristol Bay wait anxiously to see if they will have to head to special harvest areas to help the Kvichak River meet its escapement goal.

Chignik fishermen stuck ashore as sockeye run fails

Jul 5, 2018
Mitch Borden

Sockeye returns to the Chignik River are the lowest in 50 years, devestating local subsistence and commercial fishing. Area villages are requesting assistence from Governor Bill Walker and from the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The BOF will consider the request at a July 17 emergency meeting.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Every couple of days during salmon season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports how many sockeye from each age class are returning to Bristol Bay. KDLG's Austin Fast followed their catch samplers for a day to see how they get those numbers.

Sarah Miller

It's the tenth anniversary of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy. This week-long course brings youth from around the region to teach them the skills they'd need to get a job in the sports fishing industry, which is dominated by guides from the lower 48. 

Advice for greenhorns: Do what you're told, and contain your dirty socks

Jun 22, 2018
Mitch Borden

Seasoned fishermen in Naknek and Dillingham weigh in with advice for newcomers to the industry.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Skiffs lined the beaches at Clark’s Point and Coffee Point and trucks raced the tide at Ekuk to set their nets for Nushagak’s 6 p.m. Tuesday opener.

Austin Fast / KDLG

It's Charley Wren's 74th summer fishing in Bristol Bay and time, he says, for his demotion from captain to cabin boy. His son Travis Wren is taking over the F/V Wrangler and the family business.