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.

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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 11, 2021

Jul 11, 2021
Hope McKenney

 Boats seem to be heading out of the Nushagak as the fleet in the Naknek Kvichak District continues to grow. Harvests are still plentiful, with the fleets in the Naknek Kvichak had a very successful harvest yesterday. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 10, 2021

Jul 10, 2021
Steve Hoffman

The Nushagak continues to cool off: yesterday the fleet hauled in less than a million fish for the second day in a row. Things are picking up on the East Side where fleets in the Naknek-Kvichak District nearly doubled their catch yesterday. The Ugashik District passed the one-million mark for their total season catch.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 9, 2021

Jul 9, 2021
Little Alaskan Fish Co.

Harvests across the bay were down a bit yesterday. The Nushagak’s million-catch streak finally ended, as the daily haul dipped below 1 million fish. The total run in the Naknek-Kvichak District is now nearing one million. Also, the Chignik fishery has an opener coming up. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 8, 2021

Jul 8, 2021
Hope McKenney

It was another million-fish-day in the Nushagak. Harvest for the Nushagak is now more than 50% above average for the past few years. While other districts aren’t quite as prolific, fishermen are still pulling in those nets. 


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 7, 2021

Jul 7, 2021
Mackenzie Mancuso

The Nushagak fleet harvested another 1.5 million fish yesterday -- The Kvichak’s run is still surging, as around 800,000 salmon swim up river. Some sun and warmer temps are in the forecast on the West Side. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 6, 2021

Jul 6, 2021
Stephanie Maltarich

We’re seeing jumpers in the Kvichak -- in the numbers, that is. An estimated 700,000 fish swim upriver. In the Nushagak District, daily catch has topped 1 million fish in five of the last six days, starting with last week’s back-to-back record-breaking hauls. The district’s total run passed its 15-million-fish forecast.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 5, 2021

Jul 5, 2021
Stephanie Maltarich / KDLG

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 4, 2021

Jul 4, 2021
Hope McKenny

Happy Independence Day! The Naknek-Kvichak District saw a light bump in both escapement and in harvest as the West Side of the bay slows down a bit. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 3, 2021

Jul 4, 2021
Brian Venua/KDLG

Following back-to-back record days, the run has slowed a bit but remains strong. Researchers at Port Moller claim it’s unlikely the run was early, but the lack of information from June 30 and July 1st make it difficult to determine how the next week will shape up.

Courtesy of Steve Hoffman

The Nushagak fleet broke its record single-day harvest -- again. The fleet harvested 1.8 million fish on July 1. Over 2.1 million sockeye returned to the district -- more than two thirds of the daily bay-wide run.

Hope McKenney

More than 1.9 million sockeye returned to the Nushagak District -- the fleet hauled in its largest single-day harvest ever of 1.773 million fish. The timing isn't a surprise, but the sheer size definitely is.

Stephanie Maltarich/KDLG

Another day, another million sockeye to the bay. The bay-wide run is now at 8 million. The team at Port Moller doesn't think the run is early, as catch indices boomed after a dip on Monday. Egegik had the biggest daily catch of a fairly modest day. The Nushagak’s harvest dropped off yesterday, but it might tick back up tomorrow.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

The Wood River Special Harvest Area opened to set netters today. The baywide run has hit 7.1 million fish, which is almost five million more fish than last year’s total for June 28. Harvest was a bit down yesterday, most notably in the Naknek-Kvichak. But both Egegik and the Nushagak have a total harvest of over 1.5 million.

Stephanie Maltarich/KDLG

Port Moller's largest catch index of the season indicates a wide band of fish moving through. The bay-wide run has passed 6 million fish -- the Wood River alone is now 15% of that total, at almost 1 million fish. The Naknek-Kvichak is also starting to pick up.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 27, 2021

Jun 27, 2021
Brian Venua

There were several more openers around the bay yesterday. There was a big surge up the Wood River, which saw almost 100,000 more fish than on Friday. The daily catch passed one million for the first time this season, showing a stronger start than 2020.