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Austin Fast / KDLG

Incredible. Unbelievable. That’s how Fish and Game officials are describing this year’s record-breaking sockeye escapement up the Wood River. KDLG’s Austin Fast headed to Aleknagik to find out how they get those numbers and why so many salmon are passing the counting tower this year.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 10, 2018

Jul 10, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Another record falls for the Nushagak district: Total run blew past last year's record of 20.27 million on Monday. What's more, Wood River escapement could top last year's record by more than 2 million. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 16, 2016

Jul 16, 2016
Courtesy of Sammy Steen

July 15: Going down in the books as Bristol Bay's biggest day of 2016 --- so far? Today we try to get a grasp on what's coming in the run and in the processing world.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 3 2016

Jul 6, 2016
Courtesy of Melanie Brown

Bristol Bay had its first million fish day on Saturday, but we’re still waiting for the two billionth salmon. Plus we chat about writing and fishing with Sitka author Brendan Jones, and get an update on the summer's smaller-than-average fish.

Nushagak forecast includes 7 million Wood River reds

Nov 3, 2015

About a quarter of next summer's Bristol Bay sockeye run is expected to return to the Nushagak District, but a high proportion of Wood River fish could make management tricky.

Bristol Bay fishery Monday July 20 update

Jul 20, 2015
Molly Dischner/KDLG

A million more fish caught in Bristol Bay yesterday - and another million sockeye counted at the towers in seven rivers.

Mike Mason

Monday was another big day for sockeye escapement to the Wood and Nushagak Rivers as both rivers have either met or exceeded their escapement goals. The upper end of the escapement goal for the Wood River is 1.5-million sockeye and Monday’s escapement of 158.5-thousand fish put the season total at over 1.7-million. That means that the Wood River is officially over-escaping.

The Wood River is Over-Escaping

Jun 30, 2014

The Wood River is officially in over-escapement as setnet fishing in the Nushagak District is open until further notice. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Commercial fishermen, processors, and the managers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are all preparing for the upcoming sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. In one of the 5 districts stakeholders are contemplating a scenario that puts a large number of fishermen into a relatively small river. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The latest escapement data shows that the Wood River will likely hit the lower end of the escapement goal some-time on Thursday.

The sockeye salmon continue to pour into the Nushagak and Wood Rivers as one river has already met its escapement goal and the other is well on its way. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Dave Bendinger

The escapement of sockeye to the Nushagak and Wood Rivers continues to be slow as commercial fishermen are anxiously awaiting the numbers to climb so they can go fishing in the Nushagak District. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Escapement Counts in the Nushagak District

Jun 18, 2013

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that another 421 king salmon were counted as escapement on Monday to the Nushagak River. That pushes the season total up to 8,355. The escapement goal for kings is 95-thousand fish.

The first commercial fishing effort in the Nushagak District occurred last Friday night. By all accounts those who participated had a good night of fishing. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Wood River Bridge Delayed a Year

Mar 15, 2013

The Alaska Dept. of Transportation had intended to put the Wood River bridge project out to bid in January, with hopes to break ground by July. Now, DOT says that'll be pushed back a year.