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 18, 2020

Jul 18, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

The baywide run passed 50 million fish yesterday. Harvest is just below the preseason projections, but escapement baywide is almost 5 million fish higher than the preseason projection.


KDLG/Brian Venua

The total run in Bristol Bay is 800,000 fish shy of 50 million for the year so far, total harvest is at 32 million fish as of yesterday. We have more information about the impending subsistence closures and restrictions in the Chigniks. We also hear from fishermen in the area about the season so far.

KDLG/Brian Venua

State and federal closures, along with other restrictions go into effect July 18 for the Chignik district due to low Chinook salmon escapement. The Baywide cumulative catch is 30 million fish, the total run resides at 47 million.


KDLG/Brian Venua

It’s July 15 and it’s technically the last day to do your taxes! Otherwise, it’s a great day for fishing. Daily harvest Baywide eclipsed 2 million yesterday and the total run is about to surpass 45 million.


KDLG/Brian Venua

Total Baywide daily escapement wades in at 13.4 million with the total run surpassing 40 million fish. Average fish per drift delivery slipped below 800 in every district in the bay yesterday.


Sage Smiley/KDLG

Baywide daily harvest dropped below 2 million for the first time since July 4th. The total harvest is over halfway to the pre-season forecast swimming in at 25.2 million fish.

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.