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 Izzy Ross and Alex Hager 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 907-842-5281.

Mike Mason

It looks like the peak sockeye run through the Port Moller Test Fishery area has come and gone leading to speculation that the inshore peak is just days away. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Ugashik District Update

Jun 26, 2013

The Ugashik District currently has the 2nd largest commercial sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay. For the last couple of days the harvest has exceeded the harvest of any other District in the Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

5-Million Sockeye Harvested in Bristol Bay

Jun 26, 2013

The commercial sockeye catch in Bristol Bay has topped 5-million fish. On Tuesday commercial fishermen across Bristol Bay hauled in over 989-thousand sockeye.  

Commercial fishermen continues to struggle to slow down the escapement of sockeye to the 3 rivers in the Nushagak District. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Mike Mason

The latest genetics from the fish caught as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery have been released and they shows a strong signal for sockeye destined for the Kvichak, Egegik and Wood Rivers. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the numbers.

Bristol Bay's Sockeye Harvest Hits 4-Million

Jun 25, 2013
Mike Mason

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that another 725.5-thousand sockeye were harvested bay-wide on Monday to push the season total to just over 4-million.

Mike Mason

The Nushagak District continues to post large sockeye salmon escapement numbers and Fish and Game is giving fishermen a lot of fishing time. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

Mike Mason

The ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery had another good day of fishing on Monday. 184-sockeye were taken across all the stations with the largest catch coming at station 8 with 66-sockeye. 62-fish were taken at station 6 and 48-sockeye were taken at station 10. 8-fish were taken at station 4. No sockeye were taken at station 2 and it’s unclear if the test boat actually fished that station.

Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery got underway again on Sunday after standing down on Saturday due to bad weather. KDLG’s Mike Mason took a look at Sunday’s catch report for this story.

The daily harvest of sockeye in the massive Bristol Bay commercial fishery topped 1-million fish on Sunday. Through Sunday the total catch Bay-wide is over 3.2-million sockeye. 

Nushagak Setnetters Are Open Until Further Notice

Jun 24, 2013
Celeste Novak

Things are changing quickly in the Nushagak District with record levels of early escapement to the Nushagak and Wood Rivers. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The sockeye salmon continue to pour into the Nushagak and Wood Rivers as one river has already met its escapement goal and the other is well on its way. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, June 23

Jun 23, 2013

The Sunday, June 23rd edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update on the harvest and escapement of sockeye and a report on some new research about the the Port Moller Test Fishery. The report also includes a story about the death of long time Bristol Bay drifter Tom Temple from Homer.

The sockeye run to Bristol Bay is the subject of a lot of attention. One of the entities that follows the run on a day-to-day… perhaps even tide-to-tide… is the University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday June 22

Jun 22, 2013
Mike Mason

This edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a report on the latest stock composition summary for the catch as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery and updates on how things look in the Egegik and Nushagak Districts. The report also includes a story about the death of long-time Bristol Bay fishermen Tom Temple. The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report is hosted by KDLG News Director Mike Mason and it airs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the fishing season in Bristol Bay.