Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

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

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, Tyler Thompson, Kendra Kapotak, and Sage Smiley for the latest news, numbers and information from the fishery, plus nightly analysis, stories and conversations.

Do you have news tips or ideas, or would you like to share your comments with the show? Reach the KDLG News Department at, or 907-842-2200.

Sage Smiley/KDLG

It’s the final Bristol Bay Fisheries Report of the season! A few stories about community on our last evening together. The bay smashed expectations this season -- the total run is the fifth largest ever recorded. We see how the districts measure up in the last daily run summary of the season.

Brian Venua/KDLG

In the penultimate episode of the season, we take a look at the beating heart of our show -- commercial fishing. We parse through updates on federal and state relief funding for fishermen, perspectives on the Naknek-Kvichak's huge year, and a final look at the market.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 27, 2020

Jul 27, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

A retrospective (and future) look at biology and ecology in Bristol Bay and beyond. 

Sage Smiley/KDLG

A lull in returns today -- at 468,000 fish, the daily harvest bay-wide was about half what it was the day before. The total run is 55.9 million fish -- about half a million away from last year’s. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the final environmental review for the proposed Pebble Mine.



Bernina Venua

 At 55.3 million fish, the bay’s total run so far this season is just a million shy of last year’s. While Nushagak’s catch is slowing to a trickle, the east side districts are still pumping out the fish; bay-wide harvest was almost 800,000 yesterday. We also have an update on Togiak’s extension.

Brian Venua/KDLG

The first base prices are out for Bristol Bay sockeye. The season is winding down, but daily catch across the bay was still almost 700,000 fish. At 54.4 million fish, the total run is the seventh largest on record, and the Naknek-Kvichak makes up almost 44% of that.

Courtesy of Dennis Wilson

The bay-wide total run was 53.5 million fish -- almost 5 million over the preseason forecast, and 8 million over the 10-year average. Harvest across the bay is now at 35.8 million fish, and total escapement for the season is 17.7 million. The Naknek-Kvichak has the highest total run in the bay, and at 13.1 million, it also has the highest harvest.   

Courtesy of Nels Ure

The bay-wide run is now at 52.6 million fish -- almost 4 million more than projected, and a million over where it was at this point last year. The Nushagak is winding down, and all rivers except Togiak have reached or exceeded their escapement goals.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 19, 2020

Jul 19, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

Cumulative harvest in the bay is only a few hundred thousand fish below the pre-season forecast, as the run wanes a bit. Daily harvest fell below 1 million fish baywide yesterday.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 18, 2020

Jul 18, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

The baywide run passed 50 million fish yesterday. Harvest is just below the preseason projections, but escapement baywide is almost 5 million fish higher than the preseason projection.


KDLG/Brian Venua

The total run in Bristol Bay is 800,000 fish shy of 50 million for the year so far, total harvest is at 32 million fish as of yesterday. We have more information about the impending subsistence closures and restrictions in the Chigniks. We also hear from fishermen in the area about the season so far.

KDLG/Brian Venua

State and federal closures, along with other restrictions go into effect July 18 for the Chignik district due to low Chinook salmon escapement. The Baywide cumulative catch is 30 million fish, the total run resides at 47 million.


KDLG/Brian Venua

It’s July 15 and it’s technically the last day to do your taxes! Otherwise, it’s a great day for fishing. Daily harvest Baywide eclipsed 2 million yesterday and the total run is about to surpass 45 million.


KDLG/Brian Venua

Total Baywide daily escapement wades in at 13.4 million with the total run surpassing 40 million fish. Average fish per drift delivery slipped below 800 in every district in the bay yesterday.


Sage Smiley/KDLG

Baywide daily harvest dropped below 2 million for the first time since July 4th. The total harvest is over halfway to the pre-season forecast swimming in at 25.2 million fish.