Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 5, 2018

Jul 5, 2018

The Kvichak River is underperforming, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is considering more conservation measures to boost escapement.  

A good tide and a big haul for these fishermen in the Naknek-Kvichak district on July 4, 2018.
Credit Jeff Bringhurst

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and game, escapement on the Kvichak river is tracking five days behind where it should be to meet the minimum escapement goal on the river, 2 million sockeye. If escapement numbers don't pick up, the district could close as early as Saturday, opening the Naknek River Special Harvest Area. That, in turn, would cause the Egegik District to be restricted to the Egegik River Special Harvest Area, and all dual drift permit operations in Bristol Bay's five districts would be restricted to 150 fathoms.

On tonight's show, we talk with Naknek-Kvichak area management biologist Travis Elison about escapement and conservation in the district. 

Also, the show Tim Troll tells the story story of The Bloody 5th of July, a landmark day in the history of the Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery. The events that transpired contributed to the move from sail boats to power boats and may have given the Dead Man Sands in Kvichak bay their name.

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).


maintenance work in the Dillingham boat harbor on July 5, 2018
Credit Mitch Borden/KDLG
cloudy skies over Dillingham today
Credit Mitch Borden/KDLG