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 Avery Lill and Austin Fast 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 KDLG News Director Avery Lill at or 907-842-5281.

Bruce Ilutsik

In the final Bristol Bay Fisheries Report of the season, we recap this year's run with area management biologists and the fishermen who have been working hard all summer.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018
Mitch Borden / KDLG

Bristol Bay’s salmon run surpassed its preseason forecast Wednesday and hit 54.9 million on Thursday. How much longer will this incredible run keep trucking along? We look into it on our last regular broadcast of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report this summer.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 18, 2018

Jul 18, 2018
Bruce Ilutsik

Bristol Bay’s salmon run is usually starting to taper off by mid-July, but this year’s proving an unusually late run for many districts. We talk with an expert who isn't ruling out the chance that the Bay's total run could crack 60 million.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 16, 2018

Jul 16, 2018
Mitch Borden / KDLG

Eastside districts saw big numbers this weekend as Naknek-Kvichak surged forward with enormous catch and escapement figures on Saturday, encompassing 17 percent of the run in just a single day.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

This Friday the 13th proved to be anything but unlucky for the Naknek-Kvichak district. The Kvichak River was behind the gun all week to hit its sockeye escapement goal, but that's all changed. Fishermen will move out of the Naknek River Special Harvest Area just after midnight Friday.

Mike Davis

Fishermen in the Naknek River hauled in over a half million fish yesterday, and all three Nushagak District rivers have now hit their escapement goal midrange. 

Bruce Ilutsik

The Nushagak District has topped it's preseason forecast by almost a million sockeye!

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 10, 2018

Jul 10, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Another record falls for the Nushagak district: Total run blew past last year's record of 20.27 million on Monday. What's more, Wood River escapement could top last year's record by more than 2 million. 

Mitch Borden/KDLG

The Ugashik River's run is coming in weak and likely lower than forecasted, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  The rivers in the Nushagak District,  however, are all on their way to hitting their midpoint escapement. When that happens, ADF&G could wave the 48-hour waiting period to transfer to the district.

Mitch Borden/KDLG

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

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 7, 2018

Jul 7, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Not to sound like a broken record, but 2018 seems to be all about breaking records in Bristol Bay. The Nushagak District just hit an all-time best harvest of 12.4 million, topping last year's record. 

Austin Fast/KDLG

Kvichak River escapement is in a better position this afternoon than yesterday, but will it be enough to keep the Naknek-Kvichak District open?

Jeff Bringhurst

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

Bruce Ilutsik

Happy Independence Day, Bristol Bay! The Wood River posted another huge escapement on Tuesday, but not all is well in area fisheries. On the Alaska Peninsula, villages near the Chignik River are asking for help from the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the Governor as they struggle with apparent run failure.

Mike Davis

The Wood River set a new escapement record Monday that is nearly twice as high as the previous record, which was set in 1983. In Egegik, ADF&G is switching the fleet to fishing the morning tide in hopes of allowing more sockeye to make it up river to spawn.