Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

Nightly at 6 pm, replayed at 10 pm and 2 am

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, produced by the KDLG news crew, is dedicated to the one-of-a-kind commercial fishery in Bristol Bay.  The show airs nightly at 6 p.m., with replays at 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Join hosts Izzy Ross, Tyler Thompson, Stephanie Maltarich and Brian Venua 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.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 30, 2021

Jul 30, 2021
Brian Venua/KDLG

It's the final Fisheries Report of the 2021 season! In our last episode of this astounding season, we talk about subsistence and community. Thanks for tuning in!

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 28, 2021

Jul 29, 2021
Hope McKenney

In the penultimate episode of the Fisheries Report, we look at the commercial fishery in the year when a record 65 million sockeye returned to Bristol Bay, and hear from managers, fishermen and stakeholders who partook in this astounding season.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 26, 2021

Jul 26, 2021
Stephanie Maltarich / KDLG

Tonight, we take a look at the ecology of the fish and waters surrounding Bristol Bay. The 2021 sockeye run is the largest on record; we dive into why this year was so bountiful in Bristol Bay.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 23, 2021

Jul 23, 2021
Hope McKenney

Fish just keep rolling into the bay with another near half million swimming through yesterday. The total run is now past 64 million fish with total escapement at 24.9 million. 


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 22, 2021

Jul 22, 2021
Hope McKenney

More than half a million fish returned to the bay yesterday. The total run is at 63.7 million fish. Escapement across the bay is 24.7 million -- the third-largest on record. The Naknek-Kvichak hauled in nearly two-thirds of yesterday’s harvest and the Naknek River alone took nearly half of the bay’s escapement yesterday.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 21, 2021

Jul 21, 2021
Hope McKenny

Bristol Bay’s 2021 run is the largest on record, at 63.2 million fish. So far, 2021’s total has outplaced the 2018 record by about 300,000 fish. In all, 24.55 million salmon have escaped in rivers across the bay -- the third-largest escapement since Fish and Game started counting in 1952.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 20, 2021

Jul 20, 2021
Brian Venua/KDLG

Bristol Bay’s run is tantalizingly close to breaking the record for the largest run ever to return to the bay. The run of 62.7 million fish is currently the second-largest run ever, less than 200,000 behind the largest run of 2018. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 19, 2021

Jul 19, 2021
Hope McKenney

The Nushagak’s sockeye run is the second-largest on record, at 27 million fish. The total bay-wide run is at 62.2 million fish -- just 719,000 away from breaking the biggest run on record. Ugashik was the only district to harvest more than 100,000 fish yesterday. The season’s total catch is 38 million fish -- so far, the seventh-largest on record. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 18, 2021

Jul 18, 2021
Brian Venua/KDLG

We’re on the edge of a record year – 61.3 million salmon have returned to Bristol Bay waters. The previous record was set in 2018 with a whopping 62.9 million salmon. Will 2021 be the year we break records once more? 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 17, 2021

Jul 17, 2021
Brian Venua/KDLG

We’ve officially passed 60 million salmon in Bristol Bay waters as of yesterday!  The run is slowing down a bit but it’s still anyone’s guess for what the final numbers will look like. Runs today are generally lower yesterday but comparable to most of the week with Ugashik's run continuing to lead the other rivers. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 16, 2021

Jul 16, 2021
Stephanie Maltarich / KDLG

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It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later as the Port Moller Test Fishery hung up the hat for the season.

Yesterday, the bay-wide run inched just over 59 million fish, officially crushing last year’s total. The last time the bay surpassed 60 million was in 2018. Ugashik continues to be this week’s MVP leading the bay in escapement. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 15, 2021

Jul 15, 2021
Stephanie Maltarich / KDLG

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In other news, Ugashik continues to shine in Bristol Bay. Yesterday the district was the winner in both harvest and escapement. The total baywide run is quickly approaching last year’s season total --- with only a million shy at 56.8 million fish!

Stephanie Maltarich/KDLG

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Bristol Bay’s run is 3 million fish over its pre-season forecast -- more than 54 million fish have returned so far. The Naknek-Kvichak’s fleet had the biggest catch of the day, as more than 700,000 fish were hauled in, and the Kvichak saw a sizable escapement. Ugashik’s harvest was over 600,000 for the third day in a row.

Hope McKenney

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Ugashik fishermen have hauled in over half their total catch in the past 2 days -- about 1.2 million in two days! The total bay-wide run has, once again, surpassed 50 million fish. 

Stephanie Maltarich/KDLG

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