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 Avery Lill and Austin Fast 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 KDLG News Director Avery Lill at or 907-842-5281.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 1, 2017

Jul 1, 2017
UW Fisheries Research Institute, Dr. Curry Cunningham

A wimpy 62,700 sockeye landed Friday, and just 202,000 counted as escapement ... Bristol Bay is in the doldrums this weekend ... how soon till it picks up? Paul Salomone is on the show to discuss that and his coming plans, plus Naknek drifter Gabe Dunham on hoping for something other than a "compressed" run, and we climb aboard the Olivia M as it buys fish Wednesday night in Egegik.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 30, 2017

Jun 30, 2017
Nick Ciolino / KDLG

A lull in the action as catch and escapement dampens down a bit. When will Ugashik see some fish show up, or are they finding nets in Outer Port Heiden? Tim Sands joins to discuss possibly opening an optional Wood River fishery for west side set netters who are behind on the allocation. Plus, Naknek Kvichak drifters weigh in on the waiting game, and a tour of the newest Bristol Bay floating processor coming to life this summer in Sitka.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 29, 2017

Jun 30, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

The run goes past seven million, thanks mainly to the west side which continues to cook. Genetics show more Nush fish coming, plus Egegik and an uptick for Ugashik and the Naknek-Kvichak. Port Moller posts some big catches but fishes long to get them, and Nushagak kings show a nice bump. ADF&G's Jason Dye joins, as does Combine set netter Greg Marxmiller and the tender vessel Icy Bay.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 28, 2017

Jun 28, 2017
Cate Gomez / KDLG

Another half a million catch day in the Nush helps push Bristol Bay total run to 6.8 million sockeye. Egegik and Ugashik falling a bit behind the normal curve, and a vanguard of Naknek-Kvichak's 16 million are starting to show. With Paul Salomone and Travis Ellison, plus Pete Caruso, Robin Samuelsen, Chris Itulmuria, and Patrick O'Neill on tonight's program.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 27, 2017

Jun 27, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Nushagak fleet lands a million sockeye Monday, maybe the largest single day catch in the district's history? Naknek-Kvichak gets an unexpected opener, and it's a little slow elsewhere. Plus FRI's Dr. Curry Cunningham helps break down what the run looks like so far.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 26, 2017

Jun 26, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Reports of yuuuge catches in the Nusaghak, where the total run is past 3 million. Some past 100k pounds already? The Naknek-Kvichak hasn't recorded 60,000 total fish yet, but there are some signs of life. Travis Ellison joins, plus reaction from the westside, and a rundown of the day's numbers.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 25, 2017

Jun 25, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Egegik catches put that district past a million on the season, and the Nushagak's 2.5 million total signals a run that's way early coming in way bigger than expected. Total harvest now 2.05 million, and Bristol Bay total run now 3.8 million through Saturday. We check in with Area M's Bob Murphy on the fishing in the North Pen districts, and find out how Togiak herring are being served in during a big promotional week in Seattle.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 24, 2017

Jun 24, 2017

The Nushagak red count continues to climb, maybe more fishing time will slow the escapment. Egegik and Ugashik will get their nets in the water this weekend, and Naknek-Kvichak plays the waiting game.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017
Sarah Grace Durrance

Catch tops a million, big surge pushes Nushagak to midpoint escapement goal, and the kings are finally showing. Egegik is fishing steady, Naknek-Kvichak is on the hook (waiting on the 'wall'?), and the Alaska Legislature averts a shutdown that would have ended all the fun in a week.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 22, 2017

Jun 22, 2017
Sarah Grace Durrance

Set netter Eddie Clark weighs in from Egegik, ADF&G's Tim Sands on managing while the Nushagak reds surge but the kings lag, and lake monsters spotted in Iliamna Lake this week. Bristol Bay has put about probably half a million sockeye on the books ... just 27 million more to go.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 20, 2017

Jun 20, 2017

Happy Solstice: Copper River Seafoods posts a $1.35/lb for best quality fish, ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten on possible government shutdown (and on Chris Oliver promotion to head NMFS), and ADF&G's Travis Ellison on the Naknek Kvichak District outlook.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 19, 2017

Jun 19, 2017
Sarah Grace Durrance

We're back in the saddle, tonight with Tim Sands on his short notice, and Paul Salomone on the outlook in Ugashik and Egegik, where the fishing's already rolling ... our nightly coverage of Bristol Bay 2017 begins.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 22, 2016

Jul 22, 2016
courtesy Michelle Ravenmoon

The run hit the pre-season point forecast Thursday, harvest is well beyond what was expected, and….we’re ready for a break. For our fortieth and final show, we take a look back. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

Bristol Bay, you’ve harvested 34 million fish this summer, and the catch keeps going. No limits, sunny days, but a few still ask: is it worth it?

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 20, 2016

Jul 20, 2016
Courtesy of Katie Ringsmuth

The Bristol Bay total run through Tuesday -- 44.4 million. Will Wednesday be the day we hit Fish and Game’s forecast? While we wait to find out, we fast-forward to the plan for pinks and silvers, and take a trip back in time to the APA cannery in South Naknek.