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The fire was reported Sunday night about seven miles from King Salmon. It was burning up to 25 acres with moderate activity yesterday. Because of its proximity to King Salmon and Naknek, the fire is under "full suppression" status. 

How to avoid a Coast Guard ticket this season

Jun 5, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Fishing fatalities in Alaska have decreased dramatically since the early 1990s, with federal statistics showing an average of nine deaths a year since 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to push those numbers even lower this summer with its annual dockside exams.

Where are Koliganek's king salmon?

Jul 11, 2017
Avery Lill/ KDLG

Red salmon hit subsistence nets hard in Koliganek this summer, but so far they are pulling in very few king salmon.


Superintendent positions are open in King Salmon and Kotzebue, and the National Park Service's Alaska Native liaison is encouraging locals to apply. 

Hannah Colton/KDLG

For hunters like Wayne Hott, this $15,000-$25,000 trip is the hunt -- and the trophy -- of a lifetime. 

Naknek celebrates soft opening of new museum

Jul 23, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

The collection, housed in a refurbished  77-year-old building in downtown Naknek, features relics of the Bristol Bay fishery and traditional culture. 

Fishtival 2015 rocks out while fish roll in

Jul 21, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

Festival organizers raised double the funds to bring more art and music to this year's 4-day festival. 

This weekend’s Fishtival in Naknek and King Salmon was attended by perhaps fewer fishermen than usual, but still drew enthusiastic crowds of locals and visitors. Especially popular were daily performances as part of the Bear Grass Music Festival. KDLG’s Hannah Colton reports festival planners raised twice as much money as last year for a full four days of entertainment.  

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Invasive Eurasian Dove Found in King Salmon

Jul 21, 2015
Matthew MacFarland

Fish and Wildlife says it's the farthest west this wandering dove has been found in the U.S.  

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

Tonight we check back in at Port Moller, while we wait for catches to pick up.

First Fish

Jun 12, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

What does the first king of the season mean? To this group of old friends and fishermen, it's storytelling, cracking wise and musing about the cycle of fishing and life.

Brennan / UW

When you catch a salmon in the bay, how do you know where it hatched? New research tells where Nushagak Chinook salmon were born and raised.

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

  The remains found in September by a Kodiak Island Trails Network volunteer have been identified by the State’s Medical Examiner as those of Francois Guenot, a French adventurer who disappeared in May.  Five months ago Alaska State Troopers in King Salmon were notified by US Park Rangers in Katmai of a damaged kayak and backpacks that washed up on shore five miles north of Swikshak Lagoon. 


One of the inherent difficulties in fishing is bycatch, when unwanted or protected species are swept up in nets.  To counter this, fishermen may sail to different waters or use devices called excluders to let specific types of fish and marine life escape.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on a device that would reduce certain bycatch in the Bering Sea.

Help Fish and Game Find Missing Hydrophones

Aug 29, 2014

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking users of the Nushagak River to be on the lookout for some scientific equipment that went missing this summer. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Wednesday was a very warm day across much of Southwest Alaska and 3 daily record highs were set. The high temperature in King Salmon was 80 degrees on Wednesday. That edges out the previous daily high temperature of 79-degrees set back in 2002.