Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 12, 2018

Jul 12, 2018

Fishermen in the Naknek River hauled in over a half million fish yesterday, and all three Nushagak District rivers have now hit their escapement goal midrange. 

hauling in salmon in the Wood River
Credit Mike Davis

For the seventh time this season and the ninth time ever, the Nushagak District brought in over a million sockeye on Wednesday. Fish also hit the Naknek River hard yesterday, and the 283 boats netted 532,000 reds.

ADF&G biologists Travis Elison and Tim Sands discuss their management strategies for the Naknek-Kvichak District and Nushagak districts for the coming days.

Also on tonight's show, we remember two Bristol Bay fishermen who died, one of cancer ealier this year, the other in a boating accident 18 years ago today.

Catch this program nightly at 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on AM 670, and online at (With early broadcasts Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.)

Letters from home to your friends and family in the Bay this summer? Email us at, or call 907-842-5281.

Have feedback, suggestions of something you'd like to hear? Reach Avery Lill / Izzy Ross / Austin Fast / or Mitch Borden (in Naknek).


A special thank you to Bob King, who wrote the obituary for Andy deValpine on tonight's Bristol Bay Fisheries report. DeValpine was "a Bristol Bay fisherman and former Dillingham city councilman has died after a two-year battle with cancer... In lieu of flowers, the family has asked friends to, 'eat wild salmon, adopt a dog, and donate to the ACLU.'"
Credit Bob King

Today, July 12, 2018, is the 18th anniversary of our son, Michael Kasten's death. Michael was a fisherman in Dillingham and died in an unfortunate boating accident. He loved Alaska and Dillingham in particular so we hope that his many friends will pause today and remember him for his sense of humor, his kindness, and his drive to always have fun. We miss you Michael, as do your children and grandbabies. Love, Mom and Dad, Lauri and Jill.
Credit photo courtesy of Gina K.