Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

Nightly at 6pm, replayed at 10pm and 2am, with an early broadcast at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, produced by the KDLG news crew, is dedicated to the one-of-a-kind commercial fishery in Bristol Bay. Starting this year on June 18, the show airs nightly at 6 p.m. (with an early broadcast at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday), with replays at 10 p.m. and again at 2 a.m. Join hosts Izzy Ross and Alex Hager for the latest news, numbers and information from the fishery, plus nightly analysis, stories and conversations.

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Alex Hager / KDLG

The harvest was the second largest in the history of the bay, at 43 million fish. The total run came to 56.3 million. Togiak broke its record for the largest harvest ever. Egegik and Nushagak saw some enormous hauls, and while Ugashik and the Kvichak were slow, the Naknek-Kvichak District as a whole saw its third-largest harvest.



Alex Hager/KDLG

This season held several surprises – from huge harvests to thermal barriers and late runs. And 2019’s age composition was no exception. We talk with a biologist from the University of Washington about the unexpected returns from this year and what it means. 

Courtesy of Brian Venua

We’re in the final stretch of our show this summer, and we don’t have a daily run summary for the bay today. So we’re taking a look at the South Peninsula’s Area M. It’s cumulative harvest for pink salmon is now almost 11 million. The majority of those fish were caught in June, making up that month's largest harvest on record.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 26, 2019

Jul 26, 2019
Alex Hager / KDLG

With the final stretch of the season upon us, we’ve got the numbers from the last daily run summary of 2019. And in those numbers, Egegik just pulled past the Nushagak to claim the highest cumulative harvest total in the bay.



Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 25, 2019

Jul 25, 2019
Austin Fast / KDLG

While things are all but done in the Nushagak, we’re still seeing some effort on the east side with Egegik posting yesterday’s biggest catch. And as fishing winds down, there is mounting focus on prices. 


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 24, 2019

Jul 24, 2019
Alex Hager / KDLG

The Nushagak continues to slow to a halt, but there’s still a steady catch on the east side. Egegik pulled in more than a hundred thousand and Ugashik is still trying to make up for a weak early season.



Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 23, 2019

Jul 23, 2019
Alex Hager / KDLG

Things are winding down for the season but fish are still coming in Ugashik. Across the bay, all river systems have now met their lower end escapement goals for the season.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The bay-wide harvest has now surpassed last year’s cumulative harvest, with 41.5 million fish. Four of the districts have now passed their minimum escapement goals for the season. Ugashik got more than half of its total escapement this season over the weekend – it’s now at 590,000. 


Alex Hager/KDLG

Cumulative harvest across the bay is now 41 million. The Kvichak has met its minimum escapement of 2 million fish, and escapement in the Igushik finally jumped yesterday. Egegik and Naknek fleets slowed down slightly yesterday, but Ugashik had another good day of fishing, and the district will likely meet the minimum of half a million.  


Sage Smiley/KDLG

The bay-wide total run is now at 51.6 million! Ugashik fished for the first time in almost two weeks yesterday, pushing the total harvest toward half a million fish. Egegik’s total run is now about double the preseason forecast. The Kvichak escapement is still moving toward its minimum escapement goal of 2 million – but it’s not there yet.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The Naknek-Kvichak has surpassed its forecasted total run. Three rivers across the bay have passed the upper end of their escapement goals. Ugashik had its last opener on July 8, and it's still over 300,000 short of the minimum escapement. 



Sage Smiley/KDLG

With more than 13 million fish, Egegik’s total harvest is now almost double its preseason forecast. The strong run has also pushed the district’s total escapement above its upper end goal of 2 million. In the Nushagak District, the Wood River has also surpassed its upper end escapement goal of 1.8 million.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 17, 2019

Jul 17, 2019
Sage Smiley / KDLG

It’s technically the last day of active management, but the Eastside managers have announced they are pulling fishing back into the Egegik and Naknek River special harvest areas in an effort to push Kvichak fish through and make minimum escapement.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 16, 2019

Jul 16, 2019
Alex Hager

Welcome to the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. The total run in the bay has now surpassed the projected totals from both the ADF&G and UW forecasts. Plus, the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik are still going strong.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 15, 2019

Jul 15, 2019
Alex Hager / KDLG

Welcome to the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. Egegik’s cumulative harvest is only 2 million behind the Nushagak. The Naknek-Kvichak hit a harvest of 9 million, and there are some early indications for prices this year.