Bethel fish camps report better harvest compared to last year

by Kyle Clayton on June 19, 2013

Samuel Berlin's fish camp downriver of Bethel. Photo by Kyle Clayton

Samuel Berlin’s fish camp downriver of Bethel. Photo by Kyle Clayton

Larger harvests and a greater variety of salmon are being reported from Bethel fish camps compared to last summer at this time during an unprecedented 12-day closure.

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“We caught a little bit more King than last year,” Bethel’s Louie Andrew says. “Last year we caught only four. That’s because of the restrictions. Last year was the worst.”

Last year most families had to supplement their usual King stock with Reds and Chums. But this summer, many families say they are close to putting up enough fish, including Kings, for the rest of the year.

Andrew says he’s not catching as many Reds as he’d like. He guesses the run might be late. But he says the Chum run is early.

“Very early, about a couple weeks early I think,” Andrew says.

Bethel’s Antone Anvil says he went drifting Monday night upriver of Bethel and caught around 44 salmon but only a few small Kings.

Napakiak’s Joe Andrew started fishing Monday. He’s only fishing for one family but echoes the sentiment of many others along the Kuskokwim this year.

“I hope they don’t close it right away because I want to catch more big Kings,” Andrew says.

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