Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 29, 2019

Jun 29, 2019

Welcome to this weekend numbers edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. The total run in the Nushagak cracked 4 million today.

Boats in the Dillingham harbor before the start of the 2019 fishing season.
Credit Alex Hager / KDLG

Welcome to this weekend numbers edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. The total run in the Nushagak cracked 4 million today.

On the west side, the day’s catch in the Nushagak was 560,000, pushing the cumulative up to 3.37 million. Escapement in the Nush was 57,000 combined, with 39,000 in the wood river, 16,000 in the Nushagak River, and 2,200 in the Igushik. Total escapement so far in the district is 732,200.

The Togiak caught 1,500 fish – and the cumulative there is 21,100. 

From the counting tower on the Wood River, 38,900 yesterday for a cumulative of 507,000 and 2,200 made it past the Igushik for a cumulative of 12,300.

The Nushagak River sonar recorded 16,000 sockeye yesterday, which brings the cumulative up to 212,200.

On the east side, the Naknek-Kvichack district had a catch of 72,000 yesterday, making the cumulative there 410,000. The day’s escapement was 42,954 for a cumulative of 266,600. Breaking yesterday’s escapement down by river. 41,100 made it up the Naknek, a thousand up the Kvichak, and 750 up the Alagnak. The district’s in-river estimate is 5,000.

In the Egegilk district, yesterday’s catch was 322,000 as part of a season cumulative of 1.58 million. Escapement there was 22,000, with a cumulative escapement of 380,600. The Egegik in-river estimate is 30,000.

Finally, in the Ugashik, there was a daily catch of 26,000 yesterday, bringing the cumulative up to 43,612. Escapement was 930, pushing the cumulative escapement total to just over 1,000. The Ugashik in-river estimate is 5,000.

Stay tuned to KDLG at the top of every hour for the latest announcements from ADF&G.

Turning now to vessel registration numbers, we’re still seeing some increases across most districts.

In the Nushagak – there are 831 vessels as of 9 AM today and there’ll be 835 at the same time Monday morning. The district will gain three vessels, going from 634 to 637, and a single D-Boat, going from 197 to 198.

Also on the west side, the Togiak stays the same all weekend, with 33 Permits and 33 Vessels. Still no D-boats.

As far as the East Side is concerned, Egegik is seeing the biggest changes in registration. The district had 433 permits this morning, which will increase to 459 by the start of next week. And the number of vessels there will go up from 337 to 352. The number of D-Boats in that district will go from 96 to 107 in the next 48 hours.

Some small bumps in the Naknek-Kvichak. The permit count there goes up from 333 to 336 by Monday morning. The number of vessels in the district goes from 282 to 284. It’ll also add a D-boat, going from 51 to 52.

Finally, the Ugashik seeing some increases in vessel registration as well. Today's 36 permits will climb to 45 for Monday morning. The number of vessels will go from 30 to 37, and a couple of D-boats will join, going from 6 to 8.

We’ve been keeping an eye on the situation over at the Chignik Weir. The latest numbers from there are in. Yesterday, they got 11,400 reds, bringing the season cumulative to 160,000.

Going over to Area M now. The South Peninsula is up to 646,800 sockeye so far this season, and 8.8 million cumulative pinks. On the North Peninsula, Area M has a total sockeye harvest of 320,500.

And to round out the numbers now, let’s take a look at the latest from Port Moller with yesterday’s catch update

Station 2 caught zero fish in the four and a half inch mesh, and just 2 in the five and an eighth inch mesh for a catch index of 5.

Station 4 caught 1 in the four and a half and got 1in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 5.

Station 6 had 17 in the four and a half and 4 in the five and an eighth, for a catch index of 45.

Station 8 got 5 in the four and a half and 11 in the five and an eighth for a catch index of 34.

Station 10 had 22 in the four and a half and 16 in the five and an eighth, putting the catch index at 79.

Station 12 got 1 in the four and a half and 8 in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 20.

Station 14 got 2 fish in the four and a half and 10 in the five and an eighth for a catch index of 30.

Station 16 got 8 fish in the four and a half and 3 in the five and an eighth for a catch index of 29.

Station 18 had 9 in the four and a half and 7 in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 38.

Station 20 got 10 in the four and a half and 2 in the five and an eighth, putting the catch index at 34.       

Station 22 had 10 in the four and a half and 2 in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 34.

And finally station 24 got 1 fish in the four and a half and zero in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 3.