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: June 26, 2021

Jun 26, 2021
Brian Venua

The Bristol Bay run is now 3 million. The total run for the bay is forecast to come in around 51 million. 


Courtesy of Brendan Flynn

The Nushagak’s total run is now over 1 million -- more than 60% of the bay’s total run so far. The river’s king run has picked up a bit, but it’s still far behind the season’s minimum escapement goal. Egegik’s fleet harvested over 400,000 so far this season, and the Naknek-Kvichak is still a little sleepy.

Brian Venua/KDLG

A surge of sockeye reached the Nushagak District. The Wood River run has barreled past its 100,000-sockeye threshold, and crews in the district had their first opener. People have caught more kings in subsistence nets. But for now, conservation is king as managers try to let those Chinook through.

Brian Venua/KDLG

The Nushagak fleet is waiting for its first opener, which could come as soon as tomorrow. Stock composition numbers from Port Moller show most fish still headed to that district. Egegik had another haul yesterday, and there were smaller catches from Togiak and the Naknek-Kvichak. The total run for Bristol Bay is nearing 600,000 fish -- double what it was a few days ago.


Brian Venua/KDLG

Fishing’s still pretty slow around the bay. After a few big days at Port Moller, catches dropped off yesterday, although they’re expected to pick back up again. Egegik’s total run is the largest so far. Numbers are ticking up in the Nushagak, but Wood River escapement is still relatively slow. The total bay-wide run has passed 322,000.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

It's the first Fish Report of the season! Data from Port Moller show a big push of fish might arrive in the Nushagak this week. But managers will wait to open fishing there until 100,000 sockeye have escaped up the Wood to protect the district's king run. On the East Side, Egegik's out fishing, and people in Naknek are getting ready.

Sage Smiley/KDLG

It’s the final Bristol Bay Fisheries Report of the season! A few stories about community on our last evening together. The bay smashed expectations this season -- the total run is the fifth largest ever recorded. We see how the districts measure up in the last daily run summary of the season.

Brian Venua/KDLG

In the penultimate episode of the season, we take a look at the beating heart of our show -- commercial fishing. We parse through updates on federal and state relief funding for fishermen, perspectives on the Naknek-Kvichak's huge year, and a final look at the market.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 27, 2020

Jul 27, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

A retrospective (and future) look at biology and ecology in Bristol Bay and beyond. 

Sage Smiley/KDLG

A lull in returns today -- at 468,000 fish, the daily harvest bay-wide was about half what it was the day before. The total run is 55.9 million fish -- about half a million away from last year’s. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the final environmental review for the proposed Pebble Mine.



Bernina Venua

 At 55.3 million fish, the bay’s total run so far this season is just a million shy of last year’s. While Nushagak’s catch is slowing to a trickle, the east side districts are still pumping out the fish; bay-wide harvest was almost 800,000 yesterday. We also have an update on Togiak’s extension.

Brian Venua/KDLG

The first base prices are out for Bristol Bay sockeye. The season is winding down, but daily catch across the bay was still almost 700,000 fish. At 54.4 million fish, the total run is the seventh largest on record, and the Naknek-Kvichak makes up almost 44% of that.

Courtesy of Dennis Wilson

The bay-wide total run was 53.5 million fish -- almost 5 million over the preseason forecast, and 8 million over the 10-year average. Harvest across the bay is now at 35.8 million fish, and total escapement for the season is 17.7 million. The Naknek-Kvichak has the highest total run in the bay, and at 13.1 million, it also has the highest harvest.   

Courtesy of Nels Ure

The bay-wide run is now at 52.6 million fish -- almost 4 million more than projected, and a million over where it was at this point last year. The Nushagak is winding down, and all rivers except Togiak have reached or exceeded their escapement goals.


Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 19, 2020

Jul 19, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

Cumulative harvest in the bay is only a few hundred thousand fish below the pre-season forecast, as the run wanes a bit. Daily harvest fell below 1 million fish baywide yesterday.