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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report
Nightly at 6 p.m. and replays at 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

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, Brian Venua and Corinne Smith 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 news@kdlg.org, fish@kdlg.org or 907-842-2200.

  • For our final show, we have a deeper look at how the fishery has changed over the years, perspective from Area M and Chignik, the limited entry system, and a few final words from our Fish Report team.
  • In the penultimate fish report for the 2022 season we look at the ecology, biology and management of the fishery.
  • It’s the last week of the 2022 fish report. Our final three shows are today, Wednesday and Friday. Today we’re going to look at the industry — prices, processors, harvest capacity, sleep and more.
  • It’s the penultimate day of Fish and Game’s daily run summary. Another half-million fish came through the bay on Thursday and the total run is now 76.5 million sockeye. With harvest also at 58.2 million fish, this year’s records keep on growing. Let’s dive in.
  • Bristol Bay’s sockeye run has reached 76 million. As we head toward the end of July, harvests continue to drop off. But some runs are still going strong – the Kvichak’s escapement was over 100,000 fish on Wednesday. And the Nushagak District’s run is now 30 million fish.
  • Bristol Bay’s total run is at 75.3 million sockeye. The Naknek-Kvichak fleet hauled in the largest catch of the day again, at more than a quarter-million fish. And Area M fisherfolk caught 268,315 salmon for a total harvest of 9.45 million.
  • Naknek-Kvichak fleets brought in more than half of Monday’s harvest. The bay’s total catch is now at 57 million sockeye, and the total run is at 74.5 million.
  • The bay’s run is at 73.7 million sockeye. Harvests have dropped off around the bay, but fleets still hauled in just over half a million fish on Sunday. Naknek-Kvichak fishermen caught most of the daily harvest. Another quarter-million fish escaped up rivers across the bay. The bay’s total harvest this season is at 56.3 million fish.
  • Harvests slowed down Saturday. The bay-wide haul was 851,000. This year’s all-time biggest harvest now totals 55.6 million fish. But escapement is still below the record. 17 million fish have made it to spawning grounds across the bay — short of last year’s bay-wide escapement of 25.6 million. Still, the runs up a few rivers have exceeded their maximum escapement goals, and many others have met escapement.
  • Across the bay, fleets hauled in 1.5 million sockeye on Friday, for a total harvest of 54.8 million — far past the second-highest catch of 44 million fish recorded in 1995. The third-highest harvest on record was 43 million fish in 2019.