Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 8, 2018

Jul 8, 2018

When will the run to Bristol Bay start tailing off? Fisheries researcher Scott Raborn has some thoughts.

Spectators gather to watch the scrum during the Naknek Special Harvest Area drift opener on Saturday night.
Credit Mitch Borden/KDLG

On tonight's show, we get a beach front view of the first Naknek River Special Harvest Area opener in over 10 years. The Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute provides insight on how big the run to Bristol Bay may be and when it is likely to begin tailing off.

In an email, Scott Raborn, who takes the lead on interpretting data from the Port Moller Test Fishery, wrote:

Recent stock composition estimates for July 2-3 from Port Moller indicate that the Egegik and Naknek-Kvichak Dsitricts continue to build at the test fishery, while the Nushagak-Wood District remains steady (and strong). The July 4-5 stock comp estimates combined with a drop off in the overall index show these three districts ticking downward and Ugashik building at Port Moller for these two days.

These stock-specific projections of catch and escapement added together indicate the run should build inshore through July 12 before tapering on July 13-14.

We also catch up with the skipper of a Togiak drift boat as fishing begins slowly in the district and hear from a Port Heiden fishermen about a prank he played on a greenhorn crew member.


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.)

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


The last time the NRSHA opened was 2007.
Credit Mitch Borden/KDLG