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Stories related to subsistence/commercial/sport: hunting, fishing, gathering activities.

Dave Cannon

The king count on the Kuskokwim is still low, but it's another story on the Yukon.

The opening begins at noon on Saturday in sections 1 through 4 of the river. Gillnets with 6-inch or less mesh that are 45 mesh deep and 25 fathoms in length are allowed.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

State managers have opened subsistence fishing this weekend from the mouth of the Kuskokwim to the mouth of the Holitna River. The opening begins at noon on Saturday in sections 1 through 4 of the river. Gillnets with 6-inch or less mesh that are 45 mesh deep and 25 fathoms in length are allowed.

State of Alaska

At midnight tonight, the state will take over the waters of the Kuskokwim River drainage currently under federal jurisdiction.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Welcome to Fish Talk, a talk show about fish on the Kuskokwim. Today we’re talking about how Alaska Fish and Game uses weirs and sonar to count salmon moving up the Kuskokwim.


USFWS

The numbers are in from the two recent gillnet openings on the Kuskokwim River. Although Monday’s opening stretched twice as long as Saturday’s, more people fished during the weekend window.

Salmon caught during the June 24, 2017 gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media

The possibility of king salmon meeting the escapement goal on the Kuskokwim this year remains low. By one estimate, it’s a coin toss. By another, it’s highly unlikely to happen.


Salmon harvest in 2015.
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

There will be another fishing opening Monday on the Kuskokwim.  

Bethel Families Enjoy Rare Gillnet Fishing on the Kuskokwim

Jun 30, 2017
Hunter Dull pilots the Connie D.
KYUK/Teresa Cotsirilos

Last Saturday at 1 p.m., the Dull brothers careened down the Kuskokwim in the trusty Connie D., a gray boat named after their mother. Their parents bobbed ahead of us downstream, casting gillnets out of the Darth Vader - the family’s second boat. It was the first time the river had opened for gillnet fishing in two weeks, and the Dulls had 12 hours to catch as many Kings as their totes could carry. We watched the white buoys on the end of the brothers’ net and waited.


Salmon drying on a Kuskokwim fish rack.
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

There’s a fishing opening Saturday, July 1 on the Kuskokwim River and then another one on Monday, July 3.

Salmon harvest in 2015.
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

Today, managers will consider whether to open the Kuskokwim to gillnets or to keep the river closed. Faced with this year’s low king salmon run, Ken Stahlnecker with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that the decision isn’t easy or straightforward.

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