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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Sage Smiley/KDLG

The Naknek-Kvichak fleet hauled in the most fish yesterday. The sockeye run at the Chignik weir is now below what it was at this point in 2018. Across the bay, the total run has topped 1.6 million fish -- right around where it was in 2015.


Brian Venua/KDLG

Half of all the boats in the bay are fishing in the Nushagak, which caught 160,000 fish yesterday -- also half of the daily catch bay-wide. Egegik's escapement is now lower than it was at this point last year, and the total run in the Naknek-Kvichak district passed 100,000.

Sage Smiley/KDLG

Set netters and drifters in the Nushagak section had their first opener today. Wood River escapement has passed the 100,000-fish floor for commercial fishing to open. Egegik is above its 2019 escapement, but about half a million lower than last year’s harvest.

Fish and Game announced the first opener for the Nushagak section this evening, as the Wood River approaches the 100,000 fish escapement mark.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Kings in the Nushagak are late, and the Wood River sockeye run is not as early as it has been in recent years. Egegik’s harvest and escapement are a chunk below what they were at this time last year.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Egegik’s run is slowly picking up steam, though effort is a little lower than normal. The Nushagak is coming along, but things are a bit languid there as well. The daily run summaries from Fish and Game are up and running, and we have the first stock composition numbers from Port Moller.


Happy Fathers Day to one and all! This is the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report -- the weekend numbers edition. It’s Sunday June 21, and we have some quick updates from the West and East side escapements. 



The west side is ticking up and Egegik is slowly gaining ground, while only a few hundred fish have entered the Naknek-Kvichak so far. 

Izzy Ross/KDLG

The Nushagak has apportionment, and its run is picking up. The Wood River run is coming along. Down on the Alaska Peninsula, the early Chignik run is off to an extremely low start for the third June in a row. 

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Nushagak saw a big jump in its daily counts yesterday. The Wood River and Egegik towers started counting today. Kings are just starting to hit Dillingham beaches. Port Moller Test Fishery wasn’t out on the water, but they hope to get enough fish today to start running stock compositions.

Tyler Thompson/KDLG

Activity is a bit slow across the bay, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about. The Nushagak sonar crew started counting June 6, while the east side is still waiting for the run to pick up as counting towers and test fisheries start up this week.

Alex Hager / KDLG

The harvest was the second largest in the history of the bay, at 43 million fish. The total run came to 56.3 million. Togiak broke its record for the largest harvest ever. Egegik and Nushagak saw some enormous hauls, and while Ugashik and the Kvichak were slow, the Naknek-Kvichak District as a whole saw its third-largest harvest.



Alex Hager/KDLG

This season held several surprises – from huge harvests to thermal barriers and late runs. And 2019’s age composition was no exception. We talk with a biologist from the University of Washington about the unexpected returns from this year and what it means. 

Courtesy of Brian Venua

We’re in the final stretch of our show this summer, and we don’t have a daily run summary for the bay today. So we’re taking a look at the South Peninsula’s Area M. It’s cumulative harvest for pink salmon is now almost 11 million. The majority of those fish were caught in June, making up that month's largest harvest on record.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 26, 2019

Jul 26, 2019
Alex Hager / KDLG

With the final stretch of the season upon us, we’ve got the numbers from the last daily run summary of 2019. And in those numbers, Egegik just pulled past the Nushagak to claim the highest cumulative harvest total in the bay.