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.

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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 12, 2020

Jul 12, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

Yesterday was the third day this season when one of the bay’s districts had a million-plus fish catch--the Naknek-Kvichak District had its second million-fish catch day of the season. The total run in the bay is only a million fish below the lower range of the pre-season forecast.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 11, 2020

Jul 11, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

Escapement in the Egegik District has reached its midpoint goal, so the 48-hour waiting period for transfers into the Egegik District is now waived.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 10, 2020

Jul 10, 2020
Courtesy of Nels Ure

Escapement in the Wood River passed 1.2 million fish yesterday, triggering the opening of the Wood River Special Harvest Area. Listen for info about sport fishing, a COVID-19 survey for fishermen, and, as always, the numbers. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 9, 2020

Jul 9, 2020
Courtesy of Nels Ure

The baywide run crested 23 million fish yesterday -- a little less than half of the preseason forecast. We've got information about fishing limits for some fishermen, waste disposal, and a look into a podcast centered on Indigenous voices. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 8, 2020

Jul 8, 2020
Courtesy of Nels Ure

The Naknek-Kvichak fleet hauled in the second million-fish catch. Nushagak was just under a million, and yesterday’s daily catch across all districts was over 2.6 million. The run in the bay is at almost 20 million fish so far, and there are an estimated 650,000 fish in the rivers across the bay. 


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 7, 2020

Jul 7, 2020
Courtesy of Dennis Wilson

The season’s first million-fish harvest in a single district happened in Egegik yesterday, and, according to BBRSDA, the baywide daily harvest yesterday was the second biggest since 2012. It’s KDLG’s pledge drive this week -- donate so we can keep telling you fun facts about fish.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 6, 2020

Jul 6, 2020
Izzy Ross/KDLG

It's the KDLG pledge drive! Please donate! Make it possible for us to provide news and info like this: The run is late this year, but it’s ramping way up across the bay. The total run passed 11 million fish yesterday, with some of the biggest harvests we’ve seen yet this season in 3 of the bay’s districts.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 5, 2020

Jul 6, 2020
Sage Smiley/KDLG


Fish are moving fast now, as the total run across the bay crests 8.5 million. Egegik brought in almost 700,000 fish -- the biggest harvest of the bay so far this season. The Naknek-Kvichak now has the most vessels in the bay. 


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 4, 2020

Jul 4, 2020
Izzy Ross/KDLG

A big bump of fish hit the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik yesterday -- those fleets caught most of the bay's daily harvest of nearly 1.2 million. Total harvest around the bay is now approaching 5 million, and the total run is at around 6.8 million.


Caleb McClure

Runs are late and harvests are low, but anticipation is high across the bay. Egegik had the biggest daily catch again. Nushagak's fleet has openers coming up. And analysts say the run could still reach the pre-season forecast. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 2, 2020

Jul 2, 2020
Brian Venua/KDLG

Fish are picking up around the bay. The run leapt past the 4 million fish mark and is approaching 5 million, and the runs in the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik both passed 1 million yesterday. Egegik had the largest daily harvest. In the Nushagak, the total run passed 2 million.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 1, 2020

Jul 1, 2020
Sage Smiley/KDLG

Fishing in Egegik gets a boost as the run picks up there -- that fleet is looking at a set of openers. A push of fish up the Naknek River doubled the total escapement there yesterday, as the bay-wide run approaches 4 million.


Brian Venua/KDLG

The total run in the bay passed 3 million yesterday. Kings are still low in the Nushagak, and the sockeye aren’t pushing that hard yet, either. The sockeye run up the Chignik River is roughly half of what it was at this point in 2018, when the fishery saw its lowest run since statehood.

KDLG/Sage Smiley

The total run in the bay has passed 2 million. The run in the Naknek-Kvichak is late -- that’s in line with the past five years. And there are fewer boats around the bay than the past several years. But the harvest on the east side is bigger than it has been. A boat also caught fire Saturday in the Nushagak District.

Caleb McClure

Across the bay, the total run is just under 2 million fish -- half of those are in the Nushagak. Registration numbers are going up in the Naknek-Kvichak. We also have an update on COVID-19 cases.